Add a 4th Row of Tiles to Surface RT Start Screen

Ever wanted more than three rows on your Surface RT? Four Tile Rows Surface RT has been a way to do it, although it resets to default as soon as you turn your screen off. Not perfect, seeing as it’s only a very temporary solution for this dilemma. Thankfully a permanent solution has been created.

User, tamarasu, over at XDA Forums has found a solution, and it works. I am writing this currently on a Surface RT that has four rows, and it makes my start screen much easier to use. Here’s how you can do it too:

  1. open notepad
  2. post following line:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Scaling]
    “MonitorSize”=”12.1″
  3.  save as a .reg file
  4.  import into regedit
  5. restart surface
  6. enabled will be 4 rows and 9 rows in portrait when you go: settings: tiles: show more tiles

Alternatively you can download this .reg file and run it, followed by a quick reboot of your Surface RT. Also, this will make your on-screen keyboard slightly smaller, but it is just as usable. If you ever want to restore your 3 rows you just need to go in and delete the registry key from regedit. I assume this will work on any Windows RT device, but I haven’t tried it yet. Hit up the source link for all the original instructions.

[via XDA Forums]


  • Edgar Cervantes

    This is nice! Since Microsoft took this new design concept, I have noticed they waste a lot of screen real estate. All those empty spaces really bug me.

  • Matt

    I’ve confirmed this works on the Samsung Series 7 Slate too. Awesome!

  • Kevin Nasello

    8.1 update – no longer need to do this – 4 rows is native, just swipe in, personalize, tiles, add more

  • ROLO_ONFIRE

    Great, thanks for the info