How to Change the Icon Size in Windows 10

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Wish the desktop icons in Windows 10 were bigger so you could stop squinting at them or they'd be easier to tap on a touchscreen laptop? Or do you wish they were smaller so the shortcuts didn't take up as much space on your screen? Windows 10 luckily makes it very easy to change the desktop icon size.

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How to Change the Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10

1. Right-click on an empty space on the desktop.

2. Select View from the contextual menu.


3. Select either Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons. The default is medium icons.


On my laptop with a native 1600 by 900 pixels display, the large option looks huge, the small size is too small, and the medium size looks just right (as Goldilocks would say). Your mileage might vary depending on your screen's display resolution. Changing the size of the icons on the desktop doesn't affect the size of the icons elsewhere in Windows 10, but there are ways you can change those too.

How to Change the Size of the Taskbar Icons

If you want to change the size of the icons in your taskbar, there's a different setting for that, which will also change the size of text, apps, and other items across Windows 10.

1. Right-click on an empty space on the desktop.

2. Select Display settings from the contextual menu.


3. Move the slider under "Change the size of text, apps, and other items" to 100%, 125%, 150%, or 175%. 

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4. Hit Apply at the bottom of the settings window. Windows might ask you to log out and log back in for a more consistent experience.

This will not only make the icons in the taskbar a bit larger, but it will also make text bigger in apps like Microsoft Edge and Calendar, as well as in Windows 10 notification windows.

How to Change the Size of Icons in File Explorer

If you'd like larger or smaller icons or thumbnails in particular folders, you can change those on the fly in File Explorer.

Just head to your folder location and use your mouse's scroll wheel to zoom in or out, effectively switching the view between Windows 10's large icons, medium icons, small icons, list, details, tiles, and content views.


Although File Explorer will remember your last setting when you open this folder again, this is a folder-specific setting, so you'll have to adjust each folder you'd want different icon and text sizes for.

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  • PappyB Says:

    Excellent - Thanks for the useful tutorial. I couldn't figure out how to make my tiny desktop shortcuts larger. This solved it.

  • Stacey Says:

    The default size of the icons on the desktop has somehow been set to small. How do I change the default? Right now, I have to change it each and every time I boot up this particular computer.

  • tom sexton Says:

    my video downloads are oversized, how do i fix on windows

  • lokesh ojha Says:

    I can't solution the problem by seen video and pdf file. how to make small icon size and font of window 10 i can't solution problem by short by option and display setting.

  • Harry U. Says:

    Very helpful on putting my desktop icons back to the size they were. Which raises a question: I know I did not change them from earlier this afternoon; but they obviously changed. How would that happen? some kind of electronic fluke? (Should I go get my foil hat out of the closet?)

  • dushi Says:

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  • LaptoX Says:

    Great article. Thanks.

    But is is better to configure first Taskbar Icons and then Desktop Icons in Windows 10. Because the former also alters the latter, and you may get unwanted results otherwise.

    Tested on Windows 10 on VMware Fusion 10 on 10.12.6 (16G29) Sierra on iMac 5K 27-inch retina display.

  • Ellis Says:

    Thank you very much this is so helpful! i spent an hour trying to make the size medium and then i came across this!

  • Bobby Says:

    Thank you very much, so simple when one knows which button to press!!!

  • reana shine Says:

    omg this is so helpful i was trying it to change it for 2 weeks ... it is so helpf

  • Queenideas Says:

    Thanks for sharing. TIQS: The innovative Queenideas Shares

  • winston chase Says:

    i have changed screen back ground size to large from a icon I need to go back to icon

  • five characters Says:

    How do you change the size of the Show Desktop button in Windows 10 (the tiny tiny little sliver of pixels that only a ninja can click on quickly)

  • Hassan Says:

    Thank you for your help. i was trying this for about 2 hours and now my screen is ok.
    Thank you

  • ibad ali Says:

    my laptop screen has become very large i went on display settings but that "change the size of text,apps and other items" is not operating what should i do pls help ...

  • Sandesh Says:

    Thanks ! it works and saved my time .

  • lynda Says:

    I tried right clicking on the desktop screen on my laptop but nothing came up.

  • Dianne Says:

    I have a larger monitor connected to my laptop. The icons are set to the minimum of 100%. I would love to know a way to reduce their footprint even smaller on my desktop. Any ideas? (other than sticking them in a folder?)

  • chandra suriya Says:

    Desktop icon size is automatically changing when on the laptop.How to solve this problem.

  • Micaela Says:

    Thank goodness I found this website! I need it!😋

  • Sushil Says:

    Thank Youuuuuuuuuuu so much :)

  • TinaModoti Says:

    Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.. Good tips!!!

  • noemi aguirre Says:

    Thank you so much. I fixed my icons

  • Carol Webb Says:

    I must have done something when typing on my e-mail as the text was so small it was unreadable. It is the same on word and excel. How do fix this?

  • Nipane Says:

    Thank you. It is much appreciated.

  • Richard Says:

    This is BS. The change Icon size on the task bar changes the size of the icons on the desk top ... all of them except the ones on the task bar.

    Swing and a miss ....

  • Fredrick Raasch Says:

    Thank you. Here is another one.
    When you got all your applications closed or minimize. You can just hold the (ctrl) button and then scroll your mouse up or down.

  • Helen Says:

    Thank you. It is much appreciated.

  • Kathy Says:

    This worked great! Thank You!!!

  • cindy Says:

    The screen is very big, want to make back to normal. How do I fix this?

  • Declin Says:

    thank you so much i just hated when they were so big and i did not know how to make them small this helped a lot thank you again

  • Pam Richardson Says:

    Thank you for this hint! Somehow the icons on my laptop got super tiny and I couldn't figure out a way to make the bigger...I can sleep well tonight!

  • Darlene Morris Says:

    My desktop icons are HUGE and driving me nuts! My Outlook is extremely wide including all words. Please send directions to make everything look like windows 7 again. I have research the internet and cannot find a fix. Please help! Darlene

  • Devoe Slisher Says:

    Display setting slider only gives me 100 percent and 125 percent options. Both display larger than desired.

  • DelMarie Says:

    When I opened my email using Windows 10, the entire screen information was reduced to one-quarter inch and in the upper left corner of the page. How do I make it normal again?

  • Lorna Says:

    Thank you!! Worked straight away

  • Chrissy Says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!! Thought that I would go crazy!!!

  • Montu Basak Says:

    Thank you so much. I found the answer that I needed right away!

  • Heather Lloyd-Kemper Says:

    Thank you so much. I found the answer that I needed right away!

  • Harold Beck Says:

    Haven't had time to check it yet, but Melanie Pinola this is probably one of the most well written concise help articles I have run across. GREAT WORK!!

  • Asnath Says:

    Thanks so much for your information. It really helps

  • mary liquori Says:

    need screen icons medium size right now they are to large and take up to much space on the left side where i like them

  • Afungi Says:

    The desktop icons on Windows 10 have all moved to the left and become a list. Have tried to restore to original,including restart, to no avail. Can you help please

  • JANAK Says:

    THANKS for support me. really nice..

  • Peter Says:

    Thank You, it is very helpful learning from someone who has the answers. :-)

  • Kaylor Says:

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

  • Braindrain Says:

    Or just hold Ctrl and spin the mousewheel. You're welcome.

  • Fred Jones Says:

    You have to be joking. the icons on win 10 are huge. I could be looking at my notebook from a 100 miles away and still see the icons. the google chrome icon can be seen from space.

  • Karen Says:

    on my windows10 my screen suddenly went to a wide stretched out version, how do I get it back to normal? TIA

  • Hugh. Says:

    Thanks. Why is it so impossible for MS to convey this kind of information. 10 minues on MS random linkage hell. 10 seconds here.

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