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How To Resize Desktop Icons In Windows 7 or Vista

Do you find the icon size on Windows Vista desktop too big or too small? The effect of visual appearance on shortcuts and programs icons, is more stark when users adjust and change the monitor screen resolution or font size in DPI scaling, where the icons size becomes bigger and smaller to an uncomfortable level. Users can easily resize Vista desktop icons or change the size of icons on Vista desktop. There are four methods to resize the desktop icons, depending on your preference and also the ’size’ that you want to change the icons to. Let’s delve inside and see what they are.


Mouse Wheel Method

The first one in the list is the Mouse Wheel Method. As the option to select from only three available sizes wasn’t satisfying enough, I found this method to be highly expressive. To get started, make sure the desktop has the focus, just click anywhere on the desktop before starting this process. Press & hold Ctrl on the keyboard and scroll with the mouse wheel up or down to get the desired size.


Using ‘Color And Appearance’ Method

The above method was actually much better. You can have variety of sizes and one for sure will suit you, but what if you don’t have a mouse wheel? The closest I could find is to do this: Right click on an empty spot on your desktop and choose Personalize, now choose the first item on the list Windows Color and Appearance,  and then click the last link Open classic appearance properties for more color options.


You will get the Windows XP type dialog. Click on Advanced, Under Item choose Icon, Set the size to your liking. Range from 16-72, hit OK and again hit OK on the second dialog.


Registry Tweak Method

If you like to tweak around the registry (like I do), then that can be set under that key,

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

Using the first method it will instantly update the icon size on your desktop and you will see the changes, while working through the registry I couldn’t get it to refresh without logging off first. I tried F5 on the desktop and choosing Refresh from the shortcut menu on the desktop, but it had no effect. Note that changing the icons with the registry key manually will also reflect on the Windows Vista dialog and vice-versa.

I am sure I haven’t missed any method to resize the icons, but if I have, do let me know about it.

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  • Changing the Vista desktop icon size and spacing as been the most frustrating aspect of my professional carrier (50+ years)! The icon size changes to a different value (usually much smaller) during startup and has to be resized each time the computer is restarted. I have tried each one of these suggestions without resolution. I am fixin’ to implement the registry update recommended by http://www.jcxp.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=24160 but I don’t have much faith in this procedure either. It seems the icon specifications are in more then one location. I am testing Windows 7 and I will try these same procedures on the beta and post the results in a few days.

    • blumonde

      Hi Jerry,

      On desktop, I did a right click, selected 'view small icon'. However, after rebooting, the size went back to “medium”. My changes were not saved which is similar to your case. Were you able to fix it ?

    • Aundrea

      If you have a laptop you are able to hold down Control and Shift while using the track pad's scroll bar to adjust icon size on your desk top. (Scroll Bar may look like silk screen or raised up and down or left and right arrows found on the tracking pad).

      • jackie

        I have Lenovo T61 think pad, that has no track pad scroll bar. And I want to reduce icon size less than the default 100%, how do I do it? Can you pl.help?

        • kb

          Most laptops have the ability to enable or disable the scroll bar. Google it for your laptop, or try the following: Control Panel, Mouse, then click the tab that says device settings. under that you should be able to select your touch pad and click settings. Depending on your model there should be options to enable the scroll bar and other options.

        • kandiamo

          My laptop didn’t come with it enabled either. Go to Control Panel – Mouse – and enable the bells and whistles you want for your touchpad. If you don’t find what you want, get the updated driver on the web – maybe your trackpad company added features later in an upload. Finally, if you have Synaptic touchpad, you can definitely do everything in this article from the touchpad.

          As a last resort, go to Personalize – Window Color (custom) – scroll down to Advanced appearance settings… – choose “icon” from drop down Item list – and use the size box next to it to choose and click apply to see the changes. When you find what you want, don’t forget to SAVE on the Windows7 personalize window to keep your settings.

          If you have a dark desktop and title bar fonts are hard to read, try changing “Active Window” font from this same drop down box to white or another lighter color while you’re in there.

          • people

            thank you so much, now i know!

  • hal



  • Hi , your comments on changing the desktop icon really helps!!! On Windows 7 pre release, I tried doing the same but I could not able to get the interface to resize desktop icons. The second method of holding the CTRL key and moving the mouse roller up or down is really surprised me. Hey man you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Prashant Lenka
    Project Manager

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  • Hi,

    Thanks for the tip, it worked wonderfully, i was trying to make my icons bigger after reading :


    Believe it or not it worked instantly, as soon as the icons were bigger, i found a way to remove a bunch of them that were just sitting there unnoticed 😀

  • JonDizzle

    lol, the Ctrl Mouse wheel method…………….thank you , it was that easy.

  • Mark Payne

    Hmmm and another, desktop, right click, view 'small, medium, large' icons….

    • kandiamo

      This article is for people like me, my roommates and friends who didn’t like preset sizings “small/med/large” and want to customize.

      • Drew

        Because small wasn’t small enough. Mousewheel method let them all fit on the screen.

    • Maxdog.vf213

      ROFL! EPIC, I was reading all this going WTH? Why go through all this when you can just right click on drsktop and change under view???

      • BannedAgainByCNN

        Because you might want a size other than those 3 defaults. Hitting control and mouse wheel up is hardly “going through all of this”.

    • milasky26

      thank you!!!!!!!!!! that was way simpler!!!!!!!

    • Tapan


    • Crampon


  • David (Milton Keynes)

    Scrolling mouse wheel method – brilliant, I've been scratching my head since installing windows 7

  • Tariq Khan

    Great tip.

  • Bud Bundy

    I agree… the scrolling mouse option was genius! I can't believe I overlooked that!


  • Maggy

    Please publish registry settings. I love to mess around with the registry, but not blindfolded. Iconspacing is -705 on my Windows 7 system (why minus?), there is no IconSize key.

    Color and appearance settings only work in a very limited number of ugly themes.

    I tried the mouse wheel, but although I can scroll with scroll-button and ball on my Logitech Marble, it does nothing on desktop icon size.

  • Nebesh

    Brilliant. Thanks.

    er… but is there a way of having no text at all on my icons, since the icons achieve for me what they're meant to?

  • HAL9000

    Thank you VERY much DAVE, I could not change my Icons on my own. Thank you for the work around!

    Just a moment…Just a moment…I am not longer malfuctioning. Unfortunately the crew is already gone now.


  • HAL9000

    Thank you VERY much DAVE, I could not change my Icons on my own. Thank you for the work around!

    Just a moment…Just a moment…I am not longer malfuctioning. Unfortunately the crew is already gone now.


  • charles_b

    Wow! Thanks!!! just saved me two hours of frustration.

  • Bert Coules

    I have the desktop icon size set to 16, which seems to be the lowest value available, but still find the icons too large. I was delighted when your Ctrl/Mouse wheel method instantly shrank the icons, but unfortunately Windows 7 then froze, giving me a blue screen text message (which unfortunately I didn't note down) and then rebooting into Safe mode.

    So it looks as though I have to live with the icons the size they are. Glad to hear it works for others, though.

  • Jean Francois

    So simple and so brilliant. I spent an hour going around through various help topics peovided by windows 7 but no one proved to be of any help.
    Thank you indeed!

  • Bert Coules

    Just back to report that I tried again and this time there was no crash and everything has remained stable since. Obviously the problem I had before was due to something else, not to the tip. Many thanks again.

  • Calvin

    How can I reset/change my Windows 7 desktop icon size?

  • Calvin

    How can I reset/adjust size of desktop icons in Windows 7?

    • whowhatwherewhy&HOW

      LOL guessing you've figure this out by now.
      umm the whole article was about icon resizing in vista and or seven.

      “How To Re-size Desktop Icon In Windows 7 or Vista”

      Show your desktop and click on an empty part on your desktop.

      Press and Hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard.

      Without letting go of the Ctrl key, use your mouse (the middle button on the mouse) to scroll up or down to change the icon's size.

      If you're not using a mouse it's still the same method, hold the Ctrl key and scroll to change the size.

      “Mouse Wheel Method

      The option to select from only three available sizes wasn’t satisfying enough, so I found another method. Make sure the desktop has the focus, just click anywhere on the desktop before starting this process. Press & hold Ctrl on the keyboard, Scroll with the mouse wheel up or down to get the desired size.”

      lol just wondered if you've read the article.
      He also explains other methods of resizing your icons.

      • qwertyuiop

        finally someone has said that, because that is not what should be put on an article about how to do it.

      • bharu

        thank you

  • Calvin

    How can I reset/change my Windows 7 desktop icon size?

  • Calvin

    How can I reset/adjust size of desktop icons in Windows 7?

  • summie

    thank you so much!

  • Raul

    Thanks the ctrl button with the mouse scroll did it.

  • Lance

    Awesome n easy
    Really addictive

  • Ali

    Thanks man it did helped.

  • Agent

    the mouse wheel method is brilliant!!!! thanks so much!

  • Tod

    Ctrl + mouse wheel…. should have thought of this myself. But nonetheless, brilliant method. Thanks a lot. 🙂

  • Pradeep K Musunuru

    I had this problem for few days and really tried many ways,but invain. Finally, your solution worked out. Many thanks.

  • christopher

    the font size really change but not the text icon description. any idea here?

  • Erik Hoeffner

    Wow, thanks a lot. I have been wondering since the release of vista. Come to this page, read a sentence, and walla! with one key and a scroll pad I have a choice in icon size, Thanks!

  • funguycool

    ctrl+schrol mouse easyest,. Ty!!!

  • James Durning

    Thank you. Googling to this page was way easier than mashing my way through windows help!

  • Sal

    Amen, just got a new computer at work with Vista. The large icons have been bugging me since. Thanks for the tip.

  • Very helpful…even for the very tech-savvy just getting used to Windows 7 for the first time!

  • mohammedmukram

    hey it really worked dude

  • fos

    OK…that worked well…in WinXP that also resized the Icons in the taskbar if the desktop was hidden…however the hidden desktop Icons on the taskbar remain large in Windows 7

    any ideas???


  • Nitro.FR

    another fan of your tips ! nice advices thanks for the job

  • aartip

    It really works , Many Thanks

  • jfran41

    re;Font size & DPI scaling
    Is there a similar ctrl/mouse method to correct DPI scaling? The DPI scaling on my Vista desktop – uncooperative as ever – is now so oversized that I cannot access “OK' or “Apply” at the hidden bottom of the page. For that matter, I cannot do anything on the desktop.
    I am using my trustworthy laptop with XP to send this cry for help.

  • Lindsay

    Resizing the icons on the Windows 7 desktop has never been easier. Thank you!!!

  • Mark

    thank you..

    very helping for me…

  • Missmaze

    OMG!! i started to get frustrated on how to make the icons smaller as it would not no matter what i do or didn’t do until i found this solution.

    You just made my day and saved me a few gray hair!!

    Thanks a million!! 🙂

  • KC

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • This is great. Thanx

  • Beth

    I have a machine that does not have the middle mouse. Sometimes it works (when I don’t want it to) to use the thumb screen, as I call it to scroll like the mouse, but sometimes it doesn’t (when I want to change it back). Any suggestions?

  • Pompey Tel

    You absolute star. I LOVE the scrolling wheel method

  • Dunno


  • great tips thank u

  • David

    Mousewheel method works great!

  • kristina

    mousewheel method is very effective tnx!!!

  • Chris

    Excellent, love the mousewheel technique, very fast and efficient. Thanks!

  • Ryan

    Mouse Wheel Method is so cool.. it really works.. Thanks a lot

  • Laura

    Mouse wheel method a piece of cake! Thanks!

  • Jay

    Have to agree. anything with the mouse wheel ROCKs

  • Adam

    Your registry location is useful for changing the distance between icons and some other settings, but not the size of the icons. Same for the advanced settings. Another method is to Right click -> View -> select between Small, Medium, and Large

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  • Ross Johnston

    Ya learn something new everyday, I had no idea it was so simple to enlarge icons using the mouse wheel. Perfect! I do have some icons that remain small (e.g. iTunes) but make a larger “blank space” around them…so those I’ll need to tweak…but for the most part it doesn’t get easier than this.

    Thank you for the tip!


  • Hahahahhahahahahah……..Coool!

  • g8 tips… i was looking for icon resizing

  • Lynne

    i love learning new and or lesser known tricks/functions like the mouse wheel resizing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Patti

    Great, thank you! This wasn’t in the Win7 help files.

  • Faisal

    thanks asad, mouse wheel shortcut its works great 🙂

  • khamush

    Very Nice & Effective tricks ………………………………………………. Thanks

  • Tiff


  • jhon

    Thnx man!!!

  • Dreu-X

    Nice!! I am SO going to be messing with peoples computers…. LOL

    Such a simple little easter egg. Why aren’t things like this more well known….

  • Bart

    This mouse wheel method is great! Why didn’t I accidentally find this out myself. I’m always so clumsy on the keyboard hitting the wrong key and such I could hardly have missed this error 😉

    Thanks a lot!

  • Pinar

    mouse wheel method is great!

  • asd

    Nice! The mouswheel trick is like so obvious!

  • Coach

    Tks much, the wheel worked fine.

  • Man, that icon re-sizing fix worked super fast and perfectly !!! Thanks so much.

  • Peno :D

    Thanks so much, finally the smallness is over!!!!

  • guy

    Top tip works with Windows 7 as well. Thanks

  • Joseph Souders

    That mouse wheel tip… WOW! Thanks for that one!

  • Paul T

    mouse wheel! -who knew??

    – thanks from a new Windows 7 user

  • Stephen

    Thanks for the tip. Mouse wheel worked great. Now if I can get my roommate to stop changing the settings on my comp. lol.

  • You are a life saver. I accidentally increase the size of my desktop icon by 4x and the mouse wheel solved the problem. The help icon was of no help what so ever. What else do you know that I should know????

    Thanks Again!

  • ali

    Mouse wheel option really nice….thanks

  • Anggel255@gmail.com

    10x a lot bro !

  • kenny

    thx, i was looking high and low on how to make the icon smaller…

  • Well, yeah. Thank you! No mouse wheel for me, just a laptop pad and the 2nd one works. Not as small as I would like… but its better!

  • Sam Sommerfeld

    I took your advise and started playing around with the sizes of different things – now everything is either too big or too small to a point where i can no longer access parts of my computer – nightmare. is there any way or restoring the original “default” size settings?? Need help.. quick!

  • TriodeGirl

    Mouse wheel control – so simple, once one knows 🙂

    Many thanks for sharing.

  • Lau

    It works! you deserve credits – sponsors clicked. Thank you!

  • rahul

    The mouse wheel technique is just awesome.. really loved it

  • works great ow u 1

  • tom

    that just saved hours. now how do you change the icon text color in win7 ultimate? option is greyed out in the desktop appearance settings…..

  • dropgoods

    thanks a lot

  • Helenco

    Great stuff! Thanks Mousewheel did the trick

  • Junior

    thanks very much for the tips man! Veeeery useful 🙂

  • joao

    •Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click Large Icons, Medium Icons, or Classic Icons. (Classic icons are the smallest size.)

    • dedy

      simpler. thanks.

  • ryan

    i am running windows 7 ultim when windows did an update i lost about 2 inches of display ,i now have a black borader around my desktop , i an running a ati 5800 hd vid card and an hd 21.5 inch monitor , i have tried everything i know how any one help me????

  • Megion

    Mouse wheel method is exactly what i’ve been looking for. Thanks alot

  • Danielle

    Thank you! So helpful : )

  • heyy !!! alternate to resize icons is perfect…..it working yaar !!
    thanks !

  • Nice Tip! 🙂 Thanks

  • Rusty

    Great tip! Mouse wheel worked perfectly for me! Many thanks!

  • PatCumbria

    What a useful tip – and so easy. Makes me wonder what other gems I am missing! Thanks.

  • prit

    thx men u rock….

  • fulla

    thenks alot .. it was areal problem for me



  • Sniper

    THX man. You are my hereo!

  • asmdar

    THX a lot!!!

  • savad

    i was searching, thanx alot !!!!!

  • Scott

    None of these choices works AT ALL with my Gateway (piece of garbage) laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium O/S

  • Nancy

    Grateful for this post. I’ve had my Win 7 laptop for 8 months, and the smallest size of desktop icons was way too large for me, but I just thought I had to live with it. Today I have my old laptop open (w/much smaller icons on it), and decided to search on making icons smaller in Win 7… I had no idea it was so easy to change!! I’ve bookmarked your site. Thanks for this piece of simple brilliance!!!

  • Karl Marx

    Thanks, this was helpful.

  • barakuda

    Thanks. Awesome tip!

  • Chey

    Awesome tip, struggled for a bit initially and got used to it. Feels so good to be able to dump all on one view! Kudos!

  • vazim

    now i know why the icons got larger accidently :). Thanks a ton.

  • zhosi

    Unbelievable it was so easy thank you man.

  • rahul

    thanx for this educational post.

  • John

    This is awesome! Thank you!!!!

  • max

    thanks !!


    Tried the beta of Chrome – DON’T DO IT. On my Win 7 the results were disastrous. Stopped Outlook from opening a Firefox site (no work-around), caused IE8 to disallow updates, required re-boot close all start-ups and only open IE before updates were available.
    Used Control Panel to remove Chrome and clean the other directories and things came back to normal.

    WOW what a terrible experience..

  • benstar7283

    thanks for hellping me

  • Matt

    Thanks for this post! One of my kids accidentally made my icons huge and I could not figure out how to get them back. It was driving me nuts 🙂

  • Craig

    Thanks for this post!!!

  • Byron H.

    You forgot right click on desktop -> view -> Large icons (or another).

    • peppi or kokki

      Hi Byron, that was it!!! All the other options didn’t work for me.
      Thanks a ton!

  • asdf

    thanks dude!!!

  • Vincent

    Awesome, it works good!! thanks a bunch!!

  • Biebbberr ;


  • memica

    thank you!

  • Doug


  • “having no text at all on my icons”
    Search for info on text color. iirc, when bgrd color reaches a middle level of light/dark, text color switches.
    However, you might be able to tile a 1pixel image as ‘wallpaper’. Use a color dropper to sample the text color (or just assume dark text is black and light text is white!), and create the 1pixel image in that color.
    The text will be there, but you won’t see it.

  • XP
    Only experimenting, the scroll method doesn’t work on XP Pro. I even tried pressing holding scroll ‘button’ while scrolling it. No effect.
    Vista Home
    Vista icons at the lowest “16” are annoyingly oversize on 17″ display. In the past, I’d had the icons smaller, using a forgotten messy sequence of settings. But that wasn’t working in recent tries.
    This Ctrl+Scroll method worked. ‘wooooooOO’

    In both Vista and XP, Desksave backs up icon locations. I disable the automatic stuff in options.

  • RichC

    Cool, thanks

  • Paul

    Right click on the desktop and select “View” then choose from Small, Medium or Large.

    No fuss

  • Srinivas

    The mouse method is awesome. Thanks a lot!

  • Bhuvaneswari

    Really the mouse method showed me how to do it. thank you very much

  • jennifer


  • pb_013

    Thanks very much !!!

  • AMR

    that was awesome….

  • Susan

    THANKS A MILLION for saving my sanity. I have just got a new Sony Vaio touchscreen and wanted the desktop icons made smaller. Having looked almost everywhere for help you were my last resort ( should have been my first ). Silly me.

  • mY

    wow thanks a lot

  • Guilherme

    Wow! I was wondering how to do that!
    Thanks alot!

  • Preetron

    Is this windows 7?????????

  • Preetron

    if it’s not, then how did you get that boxes around the desktop icons in the first image when you take the mouse pointer over them?????????????
    pls replyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Big Woo

    The control/ scroll advice was very helpful. Thanks

  • boo

    cheers mate…great tip!

  • salim

    thanks alot, it really helped ! i’ve got windows 7 and the icons were just growing bigger and bigger every time i shut down my laptop, anyhow, thanx !!!!!

  • Rocky Tan

    Mouse Wheel Methos is the most good method i ever learn here.
    it was awesome!

  • kurdo

    thanks .it really help me

  • Kristina

    Thanks this was very helpful. 😀

  • Fattie

    It was helped! Thank you!

  • aadhavan

    thx man its awesome helped me a lotzzzzzzzzz

  • sumit

    that was really simple and cool … thanks.. 🙂

  • SC

    The Ctrl-Zoom option was great! Thanks!

  • Shellyfatarse

    Brill the ctrl and mouse wheel method on windows 7 worked a treat ..mwah luv u

    • Eddyq

      I guess MS has changed things a bit or it is different on the home version. Here are the latest instructions:
      – Right click the desktop
      – Click Personalize
      – Click Window Color
      – Click Advanced Appearance Settings…
      – Continue as above with “Advanced Appearance” except it is now called “Window Color and Appearance”

      • John G

        Thanks EddyQ!! I was getting frustrated.

    • D

      Yes! the CTRL and mouse wheel worked like a charm! My Incon Sizes were driving me crazy!!

    • Pavan

      Thanks so much the mouse and wheel worked great !

    • Norm

      Ctrl and mouse wheel, excellent job, well done and thank you. Peace & Blesings.

  • susan einar

    The first method worked best – I had spent at lease 40 minutes trying to find a way to change the icon size. Thanx to a friend who gave me this method thru you.

  • kditty

    thanks, so easy i feel stupid. i couldnt find xp style settings, but i guess i messed up with scroll wheel and cntrl cos thats how i fixed it. too easy i dindt even think about doing it lol.

  • Sanjay

    it is a great help !

  • Jasmine

    Thanks! One day I accidentally shrunk my icons and wasn’t able to fix them, until I found this! Thank you so much for helping me!

  • Tanvir Alam

    There is still a easy way you all missed. Just right click on blank area of a desktop. on the right click menu, at top, there is a option, “VIEW” >>>> LARG, Medium< Small, RTC…..
    The easy way.

    • Kiki G

      Wow Tanvir Alam, thats got to be the fastest and easiest way yet! Thank you very much–

    • mhk

      i like this way cause many people don`t have wheel in their mouse!!

    • Mark Garratt

      The right click on an a black bit of screen, then ‘view’ works easy!!! thanks for the post. my 3yr old got hold of my laptop and changed them to ‘massive !!’ I could not work out how to change them back!!

  • webgyver

    Thanks for the tip. I use the first method and its worked, and easy to use.

  • John

    On my PC the mouse wheel method doesn’t work. (Advent, Windows 7 Home)
    After a little experimenting I discovered how to do it.
    If yours is like mine, then you have to left click on the desktop, then hold down CTRL key and click and hold the right mouse button. Keeping both of these depressed, use the scroll wheel to resize.
    The right click – view method described by Tanvir Alam doesn’t work either, the only options it gives on my PC are normal and large.

  • Rhoody

    Mate, the ctrl+mouse is brilliant….

    I almost was thinking I am a total idiot, just upgraded to 7 on one machine. one day I even will get my front and rear jack for the sound working at the same time… hehe

  • munimgt

    coool thanks

  • kiran

    thanks googles web services

  • Donald

    The first method rocks! Thanks!

  • vineesh

    thanks buddy

  • Steve

    Mouse Wheel method worked great. nice find!

  • Arun

    I Think first one is the best way for re sizing the size of icon on your desktop.


  • tryecrot

    Yes there should realize the opportunity to RSS commentary, quite simply, CMS is another on the blog.

  • lurvly

    thanx! the mouse wheel method realy helps! =)

  • anirban

    “Scrolling by pressing ctrl(control) button” – best option

  • Daniel J. Andrews

    Mouse + control. Thank you!

  • Giovanni

    Top Guy/Gall Ctrl and mouse scroll just the ticket

  • John Avlakiotis

    Registry tweaks.. and 5-level depth menus for what? Just right click on desktop VIEW -> [select size]

    • ph

      Like the author said, some people enjoy playing with the registry.

      Anyhow, let’s suppose that none of the options provided in the method you’ve given (small/medium/large) is suitable for someone; that 5-level depth menu method will let someone tweak their desktop to exactly the way they want it.

      If you’re going to act all smug and crap all over the author’s attempt at presenting all the methods known for re-sizing the desktop icons then the least you could do is bring something new to the table; instead, you merely present a method that was last mentioned on this blog over two months ago, and first mentioned over two years ago.

  • Philip J

    Thanks very much for the desktop Icon resize method. Straight to the point and works flawlessly even on a laptop. Good Job

  • yogendra

    This was Helpful. Thanks a lot!

  • sonya

    hey! thanks chum.. this is great help, the large display icons were really a bother.

  • Nicholas scott@myprg

    Most of the icons you add to your desktop will be shortcuts, but you can also save files or folders to the desktop. If you delete files or folders that are stored on your desktop, they are moved to the Recycle Bin, where you can permanently delete them. If you delete a shortcut, the shortcut is removed from your desktop, but the file, program, or location that the shortcut links to is not deleted

  • Anonymous

    What about Windows 7 in Personalize – can’t get the options. Then the ctrl and wheel works. and right click and view change size

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  • Colt

    Thank you so much this was a help for me im new to Windows 7 im used to XP and Vista i wish & had some of Vistas stuff on it i liked the Areo moving backgrounds on Vista but thank you for giveing us the info on how to change the size of the desktop icons

  • DT

    Great advice. Good presentation. Many thanks. The solutions work!

  • K Subramanian

    Thanks a lot.

  • Sumyannoor

    thanx man

  • Xxxxxx

    solu windows 7 soon in microsoft by birlada

  • kianna

    thanks alot. it works on my windows7

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  • Solom

    thank you so much for the first method. I really enjoyed it. good luck man!!!!

  • Karen S

    just curious why when I do this and then restart my computer, I need to resize them again.

  • Crimson1960

    Thankyou soooo much for that, the large icons were really annoying me, been trying to figure this prob for ages.

  • Felicitavalverde

    wow genius! I know that pressing the ctrl worked on emails and files, but never thought it would work on desktop icons =)

  • Whitera1n

    really help

  • Urfortess

    thanks alot! Very informative. Keep it up! =))

  • Polrky1

    Thank you!!!  Thank you!!!  Thank you!!!  For some reason the icons on my screen were huge and I tried everything to shrink them back down to the size I like them to no avail.

  • James

    Thanks so much, very helpful! Especially the Crtl tip.

  • dagny72

    thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Anonymous

    thank you.  really helpful 

  • Joe

    The mouse method worked like a charm. 
    Thank you!!

  • Calvin Hobbs78

    thank you. that is a neat little shortcut. lan party trick anybody??

  • Evnoort


  • Stooge75

    i like the one with ctrl wheel for resizing icons. nice

  • Marisram7

    OMG, I had tried and tried to change the size of the icons and nothing.  Until I tried the mouse wheel method.  Got it done in less than 5 seconds.  Great method, dont bother doing it any other way, unless you dont have a mouse…

  • Kilgoth

    I left the keyboard and mouse on, came back and folders on desktop were huge… spent hours with other options under control panels and re-setting graphics card to no avail. Was going to call my brother, but thought  “I’ll look it up on the internet!” Found this page. Can’t believe I didn’t think of the mouse wheel thing, since it works in excel for the same thing. Thanks for helping me with what was a simple fix (kicking myself in the A@@).

  • Jeffc

    mouse wheel method is brilliantly simple and effective on Windows 7 home. Thank you for an easy solution.

  • Tanha_safar_1

    thx for help

  • Huck

    Thanks for the tips. This fixed that faint white line problem that appeared on some of my desktop icons. As it turned out the desktop shortcuts were a size bigger than default, and since not all icons have a bigger version faint white borders appear.

  • Annie

    thanks it helped!

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  • Anonymous

    thank you so much

  • The Gonz

    Ctl-Wheel method – brilliant. Stay helpful!

  • Fantastic. Just installed Windows on my Mac so I can run both and not knowing my way around, needed a little help making it look good. Will keep rolling through the rest of the site as the day progresses.

  • Priyankachopra Sharma

    Hey, It really works …….I changed my laptops icons’s size by clicking Ctrl and mouse wheel up and down>>>>>>>>>

  • Milindageorge

    great method…thanks alot

  • Jodi

    Thanks! This was absolutely perfect!

  • Megan

    the CTRL and Mouse Wheel method was the simplest one! i read the second one after i tired out the first and found the mouth wheel much more simplistic 🙂 x

  • Appreciate the help

    THANK You! This was driving me crazy!

  • Koshke


  • pippo

    Ctrl Mouse wheel method … THANX

  • kmidn

    This will especially come in handy when using safe-mode with low res video. Thanks!!

  • banditftw

    if ya ain’t got a mouse, the right side scroll on the pad will work fine

  • Raju

    Brilliant! thanks.

  • Marium Prianka

    Thanks a lot.

  • Parul Varma

    Thank you…i was struggling since so long to resize the desktop icons!! this was really helpful..It was just so simple..I clicked on the screen n used ctrl n scrolled with the mouse! Lovely!!! Thanks a lot again! Cheers m/

    • Provencalkid

      I agree with every word!

  • Millie

    OMG thank you so much!

  • Filip

    Thank you. Very helpful and simple.

  • Karen

    Hello, I have a problem with my desktop. It’s like my whole desktop went smaller. The text, the icons, the gadgets, the taskbar, even my browser. It’s like my Desktop grew in size and made everything smaller. How do I change it back?

  • Karen

    Hello, I have a problem with my desktop. It’s like my whole desktop went smaller. The text, the icons, the gadgets, the taskbar, even my browser. It’s like my Desktop grew in size and made everything smaller. How do I change it back?

  • Hayley

    Thank you so much, I thought I’d brocken the laptop!!!!

  • Omkar

    Thanks a lot!

  • thanks buddy

  • jasmin ruckx

    Thank you so much

  • Amber

    Learn somehting new everyday! Thank You!

    • Amber


  • robert

    very simple yet helpful, maraming salamat (thank u very much)

  • mypeach876

    you are so helpfull , thank you

  • suresh

    lot of thanks to you

  • BillyMon

    That was very helpful, Thank you

  • JonT

    Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!! you are amazing!!!

  • Kenneth Baez

    Awesome. Very helpful, thanks.

  • David Sercombe

    Thanks. I probably used the mouse method without knowing it, and changed the icons to an unwanted size.

  • Kamal

    Great! very helpful

  • Tazz5k

    Thaaaaaaaankss u are the best!!!!

  • useless computer guy

    thank you sooooo much my icons were the same siz as my screen and I would have been screwed thank you so much

  • MT

    Thanks so much.ස්තුතියි.

  • Rudranil

    thank you very much. Wonderful!!!!!

  • Ammar


  • Shivanand

    Thanks a lot. Worked perfectly

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  • Ahmad khodr

    First solution is Perfect thank you

  • sue du’nym

    Thank you addictive tip, i had an issue that i had managed to change my icon size by accident and you helped me save the day!!! you’re alright, you know that?

  • James Lee

    Thank a lot.

  • Jennifer

    Thank You!! That Mouse wheel tip was awesome – exactly what I needed!

  • JK

    Thank you for the mousewheel tip! I did this by accident the other day and it was driving me crazy. This tip gave me the ability to size my icons back to the size I was used to.

  • bob


  • Ali

    Thank you SOOOO much for this. I had accidentally resized my icons with Ctrl + scroll wheel and couldn’t figure out how to get them back to the right size.

  • LC Arro

    Brilliant! Thank You! this helped after a student had resized all the icons by “accident”.

  • Mawa James

    Perfect! Mouse Wheel Method is more than every thing ….cheers..

  • ilian

    My mum made my dekstop icons so big they coudent fit on the skreen so checked difrent graphic options and after seening that they dont do shit desided to check online for a solution.Tnx this post the problem was solved in abolt 10 mins so tnx.In adition to this now you have learned me how to troll my frends wen i come to there house – I just tell them too go get me someting and wen there back there computer is fucked XD.Ib4 i just leave before they comeback so its eaven trollzier.Tnx dude that posted this shit.