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Mac Tip: Finder Icon View – Increase Space Between Icons

Mac Tip: Finder Icon View – Increase Space Between Icons

This Mac tip is provided by Mark Greentree and was originally posted on Mark’s blog – Everyday Mac Support. For more of Mark’s tips visit his site, follow him on Twitter, or browse his archive of posts here.


How to: Increase Icon Spacing In The Finder

If you view your Finder windows in Icon view you may be interested to know that you can change the distance between the icons.

By default the setting is about midway between having the icons severely compressed and spread apart. To access the settings simply navigate to View > Show View Options from the Menu Bar as shown below:

You can of course press Command + J on your keyboard. Either option will present the following window:

As you can see from the image above, I have highlighted Grid Spacing as this is the control you will need to adjust either left or right to showcase icons in either of the following two views:

 

Obviously the above screenshots showcase the two extremes. You can be more subtle if you wish.

You will notice in the first image, where the grid spacing is very small, that the names of folders will be cut off. This is not the case in the second image where spacing allows the file or folder name to be presented clearly.

In most cases unless you have a very long file or folder name you will be able to read the title in this view.

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