Over the weekend I was playing with my Surface RT and something strange happened. I restarted my Surface after a game I was playing crashed. When the Surface booted back up and after I entered my password, there were four vertical rows of tiles on the Start Screen instead of just three.
After doing some digging on the internet, I found that in Windows 8 pro there’s an option to change this, but that in Windows RT it’s based on your screen resolution and you cannot change it manually. I restarted the Surface again just to see what would happen and it switched back to three rows.
I was confused. I thought maybe I had change it somehow through a gesture. So I frantically tried to reproduce the effect by swiping and pinching all over the Start Screen but with no results to speak of. So of course I started searching through forums and here’s what I found: JG’s Tech Thoughts
This blogger has been able to temporarily reproduce the effect by restarting the Surface and allowing it to boot up with the Touch or Type Cover closed. I have personally verified that this works. I prefer to have four rows versus the three that it seems the Surface is limited to based on it’s lower screen resolution.