Are you fed up with the line spacing in Windows 11 File Explorer?

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Windows 11 has introduced a lot of visual User Interface (UI) changes to the way that we do things that have been the norm for us luddites for many years past. A lot of them are nice to look at but some are just too different to get used to especially if you are working on different machines running Windows 10 and Windows 11 not to mention those of us who still support embedded legacy hardware running Windows 7!

One of the first things that makes Windows 11 less productive if you are using File Explorer is the line spacing that makes looking at busy directories a bit of a chore. As of writing this blog, Windows 11 does not provide an explicit option to adjust the line spacing in File Explorer. However, you can use the “Compact” view in File Explorer to reduce the spacing between files and folders. Here’s how you can change the view:

  1. Open File Explorer by clicking on the folder icon in the taskbar or pressing Win + E.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you want to change the view.
  3. Click on the “View” tab in the ribbon at the top.
  4. In the “Layout” group, you will see different view options. Choose “Compact” to reduce the spacing between files and folders.

Please note that this method doesn’t provide granular control over line spacing, and it might not give you the exact appearance you desire.

If you are looking for more customization options, you might consider using third-party file explorer alternatives or customization tools. However, be cautious when using third-party tools, as they may not be officially supported by Microsoft and could potentially impact system stability.

Remember that Windows 11 evolves over time with updates, and new features or customization options may be introduced in future releases. Always check the latest Windows 11 updates or announcements for any changes to the system features and customization options.

Keep an eye out for future blogs where I will try to make other Windows 11 UI changes look a bit more like Windows 10 and hopefully make us luddites return to a more productive regime.

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