Originally there was not a problem. Icons were clear when "Large icons" was selected in "View". Suddenly however for no apparent reason they became superimposed on each other and, no matter what I do they always return to the superimposed state. I must be missing something somewhere. "Small icons" was selected which did separate them BUT for my eyesight they are too small and difficult to distinguish.
This problem is different from those associated with Desktop icons. My operating system is W98SE which otherwise works perfectly well. Perhaps someone has a sensible answer?
The number of icons is relevant in that if there is more than one line of them then the problem occurs. One can of course increase/decrease the size of the window if required by pointing at and moving the right hand lower corner but this does not solve the problem even if the window is made screen size. Size of window is therefore, irrelevant other than in showing all of the icons present.
The problem is, as stated initially, that when "Large Icons" is selected in "View" they then appear on top of one another. None of the options in "View" other than "Small Icons" has any effect.
The fault happens in the "My Computer" window as well as in "Settings">"Control Panel". When one selects "Settings">"Printers" the large icons there are fine, but then there are only two of them. My apologies if my original signal was not completely clear.
It's been a while since I used win98 but I seem to remember a similar problem. Something like it can happen if you have 'custom' font sizes on your desktop or within explorer (File). Choose a default setting for it to see if it makes any difference.
cant remember exactly how to change this in win98, but somewhere in desktop properties, there is an option for vertical/horizontal icon spacing, put that to [i think] about 44, and that should sort it.
ive just read your post again and seen youve written "This problem is different from those associated with Desktop icons." Does that mean that the problem does not occur with the desktop icons? Does it happen with any other folders than the control panel?