[Tip] How to Show More Apps with Small Icons in Windows 8.1 Apps Screen

Recently we told you about Update 1 for Windows 8.1 operating system which fixes several issues and brings many new features to Windows 8.1. Some of you might have already installed the new Update in your Windows 8.1 computers.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 comes with many cool and useful features such as new power and search buttons on Start Screen, ability to pin metro apps to Taskbar, etc. You can learn about all these new features with the help of following exclusive review of Windows 8.1 Update 1:

[Review] What's New in Windows 8.1 Update 1

Microsoft has also made many changes in "All Apps" page also known as "Apps View" screen in Windows 8.1 Update 1. Now it shows a new indicator on Start Screen if new apps are installed in your system. Also the columns are now wider and contain more spacing for better view.

Some of you might not like this extra spacing between app titles in Apps view page because it takes more space and shows less apps on screen. That's why Microsoft has provided a new option to show small icons and decrease spacing between apps in App View page.

With the help of this tutorial, you'll be able to show more apps in Apps View page of Windows 8.1:

1. Go to Start Screen and click on small arrow icon present at the bottom-left corner of screen. Alternatively you can press "Ctrl+Tab" keys together to show All Apps page as mentioned here.

2. Now move your mouse cursor to top-right or bottom-right corner to access Charms Bar. Click on Settings and then click on Tiles option.


3. Now enable "Show more apps in Apps view" option and it'll immediately decrease app icon size and spacing between app titles.


That's it. The other option "Show administrative tools" can be used to show Administrative Tools such as Task Scheduler, Service Manager, Computer Management, etc in Apps View page.

Also Check:

[Tip] Convert Start Screen into a Full Screen Start Menu in Windows 8.1


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  • Hi Vishal. hope your are doing well. I have one question, My laptop has resolution of 1366X768. Only 4 rows of Windows store apps are displayed on Start screen(4 rows of medium sized tiles). I want to increase number of rows of tiles on start screen. Just wanted to know if it is possible or not.(I know it can be achieved on screens with resolutions larger than mine).

  • VG

    ^^ Try following:


    The above mentioned topic also contains Registry tweak to do it manually.

  • Thanks for the reply Vishal. But the registry tweak mentioned in that article is not application for Windows 8.1 Update 1 as the registry key named "Layout_MaximumRowCount" under "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Grid" is not present. So it did not help me.

  • Hello Vishal, Just wanted to know curiously if it is possible or not. Thanks

  • VG

    ^^ Yeah, that tweak no longer works in newer builds. At the moment there is no working method.

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