General IT,  Support,  Windows 11

Windows Desktop icons merged into one (Stacked)

I recently came across an issue where a Windows 11 desktop’s icons had merged into one shortcut at the top of the page.

It looks like this:

Windows 11 Desktop icons merged:

Icons group into a shortcut type icon at the top of the screen

I could not understand what the user had done to create this but it turned out to be a Microsoft bug.

To fix this, you just need to make some changes to the registry.

Hold the Windows key down and press the R key to open the run command. Type regedit and click OK to open the Registry Editor.

Run command showing regedit in the open dialog

Navigate to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

Screenshot of registry showing the Icon spacing entry.

Update the two entries for IconSpacing and IconVerticalSpacing to -1125.

Finally, close the registry editor and reboot your computer.

Let me know in the comments if this helps you out, thanks.

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