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Windows 7: Icon Size Registry Tweak


08 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 
Icon Size Registry Tweak

To change the size of the on icons on the desktop, you can use this tweak to make them larger, The default setting is 32

If you change this to 36, your icons will be slightly larger, the higher the number, the larger the icons will appear.

First you want to go to Start > Run, and type Regedit. navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control panel > Desktop > WindowsMetrics. Click on the WindowsMetrics key and choose File > Export from Regedit's menu. Save the .reg file as windowMetricsoriiginal.reg. In case you don't like the changes, you can double-click on this file to restore the settings to their default value.


Quote:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"Shell Icon Size"="36"



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08 Jul 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate RC1 / XP Black 2009
 
 

Hi

This works in Windows 7 RC1 build 7100 > Click an empty space on your desktop > Press Ctrl on your keyboard > roll your mouse wheel and all desktop icons change size (and stay at the size you desire)
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08 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Excellent!

Can't try that one as my cheap $399.00 E-Machibne has no wheel
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08 Jul 2009   #4

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cindy View Post
Hi

This works in Windows 7 RC1 build 7100 > Click an empty space on your desktop > Press Ctrl on your keyboard > roll your mouse wheel and all desktop icons change size (and stay at the size you desire)
It has been like that since vista, i have no idea why anyone would want to alter the registry for this.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
Excellent!

Can't try that one as my cheap $399.00 E-Machibne has no wheel
Then right click desktop > view
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10 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Quote:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"Shell Icon Size"="36"
This doesn't work for me.

I'd like to have small instead of medium icon on the desktop.
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10 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrquickly View Post
Quote:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"Shell Icon Size"="36"
This doesn't work for me.

I'd like to have small instead of medium icon on the desktop.
Then change the number to 16
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15 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

I set the icon size of the desktop icons to medium. Then i set the value to 16 and restarted the machine, but nothing changed. The icons are still in medium size.
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15 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Open regedit to this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

See what the value is for icon size.

If it's something other than 16, modify the Shell Icon Size value

NOTE: Make sure to export the key before making any changes.
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15 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

If tried this. This key isn't changed when I switch between big, middle oder small icons.
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15 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Quote:
This key isn't changed when I switch between big, middle oder small icons
Where are you changing this information?
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