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How to change the size of desktop icons in Windows

Today a relatively simple task, we will be changing the size of desktop icons in Windows. Windows 10 to be precise but I think it should be pretty much similar in other versions.

There may be a few different reasons use these settings, people with impaired vision may tweak them to see things better for instance. I suppose that modern screens with very high screen resolutions are also to blame and for many users the desktop icons are simply too small.

Regardless of the reasons, here are two different ways to achieve different sizes of the desktop icons.

#1 By Right-Clicking and changing View settings

You can quickly change the size these icons in Windows by clicking the right mouse button somewhere in the desktop (do not point to any icon only to background). Once you click the mouse with the right click, a small pop-up menu should appear. On top of it you will find ‘View’ options with some settings. The ones at the top are exactly what we were looking for, you can adjust the size of the desktop icons. Depending on your needs choose: Large icons, Medium icons (default) or Small icons. Just click on the size you want, the change will be immediate.

Right-Click and change View settings

From the same menu you can choose different View options to further personalise your desktop. For instance, you can Auto arrange icons (I do not use it personally since I want to group some icons together), display icons evenly like in a grid (option Align icons to grid). You can even not show any desktop icons at all, just click Show desktop icons (it is marked by default if you click it again it will become unmarked and icons will disappear). OK, let’s move to another possible way to change the size of icons.

#2 By using scale option

You can also increase the size of the icons as well as other elements of user interface by changing scale option. Again you right click on desktop background but this time you choose ‘Display settings’. A little window will appear and you will see ‘Scale and layout’ setting. Probably you will see that the default recommended scale of 100% there. But if the icons and other elements like text are too small, you may increase the scale go 125% or more (up to 225% on my screen). Once you choose the desired scale, Windows will automatically adapt the view. If you are not happy, you can always go back to the initial setting.

Scale and layout settings

It is also possible to change the size of icons and other elements by changing screen resolutions, lowering it will increase the size. I think that we should not do it as this will affect the quality of the view. We should really take advantage of all the pixels our hardware can handle and have the best possible view.

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