Desktop icons suddenly have become very wide

In the image below you can see that the recycling bin icon has become very wide. All my other desktop icons are also like this (hidden for privacy). It is as if the grid has been magnified 5x or something. My display settings are on 100% and the font size is set to the smallest. The recommended settings are 150% for my laptop (ASUS Zenbook 13.3" UX333FA). It seems that this just happened within the past few hours, I didn't notice it happening earlier when I had been rearranging my desktop icons. How to I set them back to the normal size? I would like the icon to be the width of the little recycling bin image, not 5x wider than the image. Also when I right click on the desktop and select "View", changing the icon size doesn't fix this problem. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information for you to help me. Thanks!

I was able to fix this by editing the values in the Registry Editor. Apologies for opening a new question.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/16941-change-desktop-icon-spacing-windows-10-a.html

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Right click on the desktop>Click on View>See if any of the choices help.
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Hi ECC. I'm Greg, an installation specialist, 10 year Windows MVP, and Volunteer Moderator here to help you.

This is almost always due to screen resolution. But first let's make sure you have the best Display adapter upon which resolution depends:

1) Update the Display driver from the PC or Display adapter maker's Support Downloads web page for your exact model number, HP Serial Number or Dell Service Tag - from the sticker on the PC.

While there check also for newer chipset, BIOS/UEFI firmware (very important), network, sound, USB3 and other drivers, comparing to the ones presently installed in Device Manager reached by right clicking the Start Menu.

If this doesn't give you the latest or ideal driver for what you need, compare it to the driver offered by the Intel driver update Utility here: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/...
or the Nvidia Update utility here: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Scan.aspx?lang=e...
or the AMD autodect utility here: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/P...

For Display issues one fix that is working is to Roll back or Uninstall the Driver on the Display Device > Driver tab, restart PC to reinstall driver.

You can also try older drivers in Device Manager > Display device > Driver tab > Update Driver > Browse > Let Me Pick.

Then you will know you've tried everything in addition to Windows Update drivers.

2) Adjust the screen resolution until it fits and looks best at Settings > System > Display.

3) If the sharpest resolution where icons are proportionate doesn't give the icon size you want, adjust the scaling starting with fixed 125% in the same location. If that's too big try a custom setting around 113-118% is often a sweet spot.

To fine tune desktop icon size then hold Ctrl button down while slowly rolling the mouse wheel or scroll bar forward or back, of tapping the + or - key. Once you get it where you want it right click desktop to Refresh to program the position in place.

I hope this helps. Feel free to ask back any questions and keep me posted. If you will wait to choose if I solved your problem, I will keep working with you until it's resolved.

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