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Windows 7: Two annoyances

06 Jan 2010   #11

Vista Ult64, Win7600

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DWFII View Post
It's a new system and I'm still getting used to it but two things bug the devil out of me...first, I hate these over-sized icons. They use up maybe three times as much real estate as the icons in Xp.

Is there anyway to make them smaller or swap them out?

Second, I hate the gadget at the top of the screen. What to they call it? The docker? Everything on it is rehashed on the taskbar or in the Start menu.

How can I get rid of it?

Hi, try this.

How to Remove the Dell Dock |

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06 Jan 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post

And hard to get rid of.
Not can be uninstalled from Programs and Features. I do it on customer's machines all the time.
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06 Jan 2010   #13

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DWFII View Post
Thanks for both replies. I think that will do it...have to give it a try tomorrow. Thanks again
I am glad to be able to help. Feel free to return to the forums, anytime. You are welcome to use our knowledge or to share yours with others.
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07 Jan 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Yes Just left click on an icon lightly, to make a dark background. Then with Cntrl pressed adjust size with mouse wheel.
This does not work for me. Let's see if I got it right: First I have a two button scroll wheel.

Then I click on the icon and hold ctrl and move the trackball. No joy. Then click on the icon and hold down ctrl and the left mouse button and move trackball and I get a new shortcut.

any other ideas?
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07 Jan 2010   #15
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Go into 'display' (from control panel) and see if ticking 'smaller' makes the desktop icons smaller.
You may have to borrow a scroll wheel mouse, if it doesn't. You can left click anywhere on the desk then hold down the ctrl key and use the scroll to make icons larger or smaller.
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07 Jan 2010   #16

windows 7

You should be able to resize the Desktop icons by right clicking on the Desktop, point to View, and select the icon size(Large, Medium, or Small).
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07 Jan 2010   #17

Vista Ult64, Win7600

It definitely works the way richc46 and Jacee say.

And ski.
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07 Jan 2010   #18

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

That method only works if you have a 3-button (or a scroll wheel) mouse. As DWFII states, he only has an older 2-button model.

The only option available in this case is to right-click on the desktop, mouse over View and click on the required size option.
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07 Jan 2010   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Ahh! !Much better! Thanks...I knew there had to be a way.
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07 Jan 2010   #20

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

You're welcome, DWFII. Have you managed to solve both your annoyances?
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