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Desktop Icons - Custom Size

How to Change Desktop Icons Size in Windows
Published by dw96
06 Sep 2009
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How to Change Desktop Icons Size in Windows

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For those who have always wondered if you can get custom size icons on your desktop just like in your folders, there is a way! This will show you a quick and simple way to make the desktop icons smaller or larger than usual in Windows.

Change to Custom Size
1. While on your desktop, make sure you haven't selected any application(s) as active.

2. Press and hold the Control (Name:  controlkey.png
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Change to Original Size
If at any time you wish to restore the icons to one of the three preset defaults, then right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on View and on one of the three options:
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That's it!
Hope I've helped, not everyone likes preset stuff, most people customize everything!

06 Sep 2009   #1
Orbital Shark


Nice tutorial, short & exactly to the point +rep man

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Sep 2009   #2


The same trick, CTRL+scroll, works in so many places.

Try it in Outlook and other email apps to increase/reduce font size.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]

Wow, thanks to all of you guys! I had no Idea something such as this simple trick would get me so much rep! I will continue making useful tips tutorials whenever I can, but now I'm busy, I have to get ready for school. I'll be 7th grade and I really need to do good on my exams this year. If I get into a good school I get a new monitor BTW so as much as I'd love to continue in the seven-forums, after 15th of September my visits will be as long as 25 minutes a day... Really sorry...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

29 Oct 2009   #4

Win 7 Ultimate x64

I had NO CLUE and I thought I knew enough about win7! Thanks for this one, exactly what I was looking for.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Dec 2009   #5

Win7 Ultimate 32bit

Thanks very much dude..
These big icons kinda suck in win7!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Dec 2009   #6

Windows Pro 7 64-bit

Thank you so much for the post. These huge icons were driving me mad!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7

Brilliant, thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2011   #8
David Eldred

Windows 7 home premium 32bit
adjusting icons

thanks very much! i now realize that i had hit control and mouse scroll which is why my icons suddenly got so large. super help! a frustrating hour or more trying to find solutions in online manuals... So glad that there is a Seven Forum.

again... many thanks

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Feb 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Thank is great, I will try that thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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