How To Fix Windows 11 Desktop Icons Are Stretched Horizontally

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Windows 11 has introduced a fresh and current focus on the work environment experience, but it is not without its quirks. A few clients have raised the issue of work area symbols being extended on a level plane. This can be disappointing because it has an impact on the stylistic attractiveness and utility of the work place. on this blog post, we will look at four methods for resolving this issue and restoring the proper appearance of your work area symbols on Windows 11.

Modify the Show Settings

  1. Right-click a blank place on your work area and choose "Show settings" from the options menu.
  2. Navigate to the "Scale and format" section of the Presentation options window.
  3. Ensure that the suggested setting is selected in the "Change the size of text, applications, and different things" dropdown. If it is currently set to the recommended size, try selecting another size, making the modifications, and then returning to the recommended size. In some circumstances, this activity will reset the symbol design.
  4. Click "Apply" and then "Keep changes" to save the changes.

Reset the Reserve Symbol

  • Press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run dialog box.
  • Enter "cmd" followed by Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open an elevated Order Brief.
  • In the Order Brief, type the following orders, squeezing Enter after each:

ie4uinit.exe -ClearIconCache

taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F

DEL "%localappdata%\IconCache.db" /A

shutdown /r /f /t 00

  • Once the framework is restarted, the symbol store will be redesigned, and the extended symbol issue should be resolved.

Update Driver Designs

  1. Right-click the Start button and choose "Gadget Chief."
  2. Expand the "Show connectors" section.
  3. Right-click your designs card and choose "Update driver."
  4. Select the option to search for updated driver programming. If updates are discovered, follow the prompts to install them.
  5. After the update is complete, restart your computer.

Check for Windows Updates 

  • Press the Windows key and then click on the "Settings" gear icon.
  • Navigate to the "Windows Update" section in the left sidebar.
  • Select "Check for updates" and let Windows hunt for and install any necessary updates.
  • When the updates are applied, restart your computer as prompted.


Managing extended work area symbols in Windows 11 might be frustrating, but fortunately, there are a few solutions available. You may regularly restore the authentic appearance of your work area symbols by modifying showcase settings, resetting the symbol store, refreshing designs drivers, and keeping up to date. Follow the means with caution and patience as you analyze the problem. You can have an outwardly appealing and practical work environment experience on Windows 11 with just the proper amount of effort.

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