You probably know that Microsoft is limiting what is being displayed on Windows 8's start screen in several ways. The screen resolution of the system determines the number of rows and columns that are displayed at the same time on the screen. While the company did implement an option to modify the number of rows to a certain degree, it did not integrate options to go beyond the hard coded limits determined by the screen resolution.
To put this in perspective: if you are running a resolution of 1900x1080, you can use a maximum of six rows per column for start screen items, the same that 1440x900 resolution users get. It is not really clear why Microsoft is limiting the number of items that you can display here, but it is likely that it is design related.
If you ask me, I'd like to see options to switch to a text mode listing instead. I do not really like the tile display at all for a number of reasons. I think it is too colorful for instance, do not use the live tile functionality, and prefer speed over style anyway in most situations.
So what can you do if you want to display more rows on your screen that possible? That's were the free Metro Scaler software comes into play.
It basically sets the screen resolution for the start screen area of Windows 8 - including the log in screen but excluding the desktop - to a resolution you can pick freely using a slider it makes available.
Just set the new display resolution that you want to scale the start screen interface to. You see a preview of how the rows and columns will look like when you do so. Please note that you need to restart - not turn off and on again - the PC for the new scaling to show up on the start screen.
What you can do here easily is either make items larger by scaling down, for instance from 19" to 5", or scale up to display more rows and columns at the same time on the screen. Depending on your monitor's native resolution, the items displayed on the start screen after the scaling may look somewhat distorted. (via Blogtogo)Advertisement
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