Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons

    Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons

    Start Menu - Use Small or Large Icons

    How to Use Small or Large Icons in the Windows 7 Start Menu
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    How to Use Small or Large Icons in the Windows 7 Start Menu

       Information
    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




    OPTION ONE

    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)





    OPTION TWO

    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
    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
    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.




    OPTION THREE

    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







  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
       #1

    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.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 71,275
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #2

    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?
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
       #3

    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!
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 71,275
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Great news. I'm glad you got it sorted. :)
      My Computer


 

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