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Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons

How to Use Small or Large Icons in the Windows 7 Start Menu
Published by Brink
30 Nov 2008
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How to Use Small or Large Icons in the Windows 7 Start Menu

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This will show you how to set the Windows 7 Start Menu to display with either small or large icons in it's pin to area.

EXAMPLE: Start Menu using Small or Large Icons
NOTE: This is the default setting.
Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons-small_icons.jpg Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons-large_icons.jpg



Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons OPTION ONE Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons
Use Customize Start Menu Settings
1. Right click on a Start button and click on Properties.

2. Click on the Customize button. (see screenshot below)
Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons-properties.jpg
3. To Use Small Icons in the Start Menu
A) Uncheck the Use large icons box. (see screenshot below step 4A)

B) Go to step 5.
4. To Use Large Icons in the Start Menu
A) Check the Use large icons box. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This is the default setting.
Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons-customize.jpg
5. Click on OK. (see screenshot above)

6. Click on OK. (see screenshot below step 2)




Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons OPTION TWO Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons
Using a REG File Download
1. To Use Small Icons in the Start Menu
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Use_Small_Icons_in_Start_Menu.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Use Large Icons in the Start Menu
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
NOTE: This is the default setting.
Use_Large_Icons_in_Start_Menu.reg
download
3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Right click the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons OPTION THREE Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons
Manually Through Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons-reg-1.jpg
4. In the right pane of Advanced, right click on Start_LargeMFUIcons and click on Modify. (see screenshot above)

5. To Use Small Icons in the Start Menu
A) Type 0 (number zero), and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This is the default setting.
Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons-reg-2.jpg
B) Go to step 7.
6. To Use Large Icons in the Start Menu
A) Type 1, and click on OK. (see screenshot above)
7. Close regedit.

8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.
That's it,
Shawn




2 Days Ago   #1
Braintree

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
This solution doens't work for me

I bought an old used computer I really like, an HP Workstation Z200, with Windows 7 Professional, but no matter what I do, the Start Menu icons stay large. I used your reg file and all other configurations to no avail.

This site has helped me several times BTW.

Thank you for any help with this.


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2 Days Ago   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Braintree, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Did you log off and on after using the .reg file to apply?

What do your Customize Start Menu settings show is set?
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2 Days Ago   #3
Braintree

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
I located the problem

Thank you so much for your quick reply, Brink!!

I just found the answer and wanted to say so right away. It was my Classic Shell start menu settings that were interfering (and which helped resolve it).

Thank you again!
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2 Days Ago   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Great news. I'm glad you got it sorted.
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