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Windows 7: Shortcut icons re-sizing randomly

13 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Shortcut icons re-sizing randomly

Hi. I have a problem that's been driving me nuts for a few years.

I have a desktop and netbook that are both running 64-bit Windows 7. Each computer has a 'Games' folder that I keep my installed games shortcuts in. I like to turn up the icon size to around the 'large icons' option in the folder bar, making the icons larger than the standard 64x64. I like how the large icons look and it's pretty handy to have larger icons on my netbook's 11.6" screen.

The problem is that Windows seems unable to keep all the shortcuts locked in at the same size. It doesn't matter if I'm using a custom icon that's 256x256 or using the game's base shortcut icon that scales larger than 64x64 -- Windows will undoubtedly shrink some icons to 64x64 the next time I open the folder.

What's really annoying is that it's completely random what icons it resizes. There will be days where a certain icon is 64x64 and then suddenly it scales back up to 256x256.

How can I lock my icons to a certain size and not have Windows decide to mess with them? I've tried rebooting, reassigning new icons, changing a shortcut's name (this will sometimes take care of the problem until I reboot), and saving my Windows theme. I would think this would be pretty stuff for the OS to handle correctly.

Here's a screenshot so you can see what I'm talking about: Guaranteed the icons will be sized differently next time I access that folder.


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14 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Welcome to Seven Forums macschwag14.
Two things to try are try the Extra Large icon option and change how icons are displayed. In Folder Options in Control Panel, View tab, toggle the Always show icons, never thumbnails off and on to see if that helps.
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14 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Thanks for the suggestions, Britton30. Unfortunately neither seems to work on both computers, as the shortcut icons still just randomly change in size. Perhaps this is just an annoying quirk with the 64-bit version...
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14 Aug 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

I think something else is amiss, I have the X64 win 7 too. Have a go at this:
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03 Oct 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I am sorry that I revive an old topic, but I have the same problem as macschwag14 for years now.
Some shortcut icons are always downsized to 64x64. And it's random. Please help.

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05 Apr 2016   #6

windows 7 64 bit
Problem Solved!

OK, I know this is an old thread but this problem has frustrated me for years and have had trouble finding a solution.

I don't have this problem anymore!

1. Icon Cache Size - Change in Windows


3. I had to repeat step 1 coz problem remained. it was a last ditch kinda thing but it worked!!!

in both cases i just used the first and easiest method, did not do the manual thing (i'm a bit of a mongrel, not tech savy at all, someone else who knows such things may be able to 'streamline' it a bit more haha)

Anyways, i have had NO random icon shrinks for the past few days since i did this and wanted to make sure it worked before i posted this solution.
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