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How to change the size of the desktop icons

Hello! Icons are very important on the computer. Indeed, they allow you to identify and have at your fingertips various elements. For example, programs, applications, and personal files. Certainly, there are many icons in the system. However, the most used ones are usually on the desktop. Since from there, they are at your fingertips. On the other hand, there may be problems with high-resolution screens. Indeed, the icons will appear very small and therefore, they will be difficult to see. On the other hand, with a modest resolution, then the icons will appear too large and annoying. Maybe you didn’t know it, but Windows allows you to change the size of the desktop icons. Let’s see how to do it.

How to change the size of desktop icons with the context menu.

The context menu appears when we press the right mouse button. Well, this is the quickest and easiest way to change the size of the desktop icons. You have to press the right mouse button on a space on the desktop. Then, in the View section, you can see the three available icon sizes. The default size is Medium. However, you can select Large and Small.

How to resize desktop icons
How to resize desktop icons

You just have to try it out to select the size that best suits you. The drawback is that we are limited to only 3 predefined sizes. However, we will show you how to change the size of the icons in a custom way.

How to use the mouse wheel to change the size of the icons.

We have another option to modify the size of the icons on the desktop. With the advantage that we will not be limited to the 3 default sizes of Windows. Consequently, the user will be able to choose between a smaller or larger size. With this in mind, simply press the Control key while on the desktop. Then, use the mouse wheel to adjust the size of the icons. Either a smaller or larger size. In this example, we see icons with an inordinate size as well as a very small size.

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If you have a touch screen and do not use a mouse, you can still apply this trick. In fact, just press the Control key and use the pinch gesture with two fingers. This will adjust the size of the desktop icons. Similarly, this trick also works for the size of folder icons. Also, the maximum and minimum size of the icons depending on the screen resolution you have.

Changing the scale to view everything bigger.

We can use another trick to enlarge the size of the icons. Although this time we will also enlarge the rest of the elements. For it, we will change the Windows scale. This action is very useful, especially with big screens. For example with 2k and 4k resolution. Which can make the icons and letters look too small. With this in mind, you only have to enter Windows Settings. To do this, press the Win+I combination. Once there, click on System.

Windows Settings>System
Windows Settings>System

Next, click on Display in the menu on the left. Then click on Scale and Layout to modify the scale. By default, it is set to 100%. However, you can scale it up to 150%. Depending on the definition of the screen.

Enlarging the screen scale.
Enlarging the screen scale.

In this way, we have seen how to change the size of the desktop icons. A way to better appreciate the appearance of the visual elements. See you soon!

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