If you ever thought that the Windows icons on your PC were too small or big then this is the article for you. Perhaps you’ve cranked your screen resolution to its highest setting but your icons still aren’t infinitesimal enough or maybe you want the opposite: high resolution with large icons.
In either case people hate squinting to view their desktop icons as much as they hate having jumbotron sized icons staring at them in the face. If you’ve spent longer than you’d like to admit trying to hunt down the icon adjustment settings in the Control Panel then this article is for you.
I’m about to show you a quick and painless way to adjust the size of your Windows icons.
There are two basic ways to grow and shrink the icons in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1.
- Right clicking the Desktop
- Using the Mouse wheel
Let’s explore the slightly archaic means of tweaking icon sizes then we’ll finish off with a simpler more sophisticated trick.
Sizing icons the old school way
The conventional way to size your icons just requires right-clicking the desktop and choosing View from the flyout menu. Then you can adjust your icon sizes by clicking the Large, Medium or Small options accordingly.
This get’s the job done and is a reliable alternative to the second option I’m about to share below.
Growing and shrinking icons with the mouse
For all my mouse maniacs out there, click the desktop to give it focus then hold down the Ctrl key while scrolling the mouse wheel up and down.
But what should you do if you find yourself momentarily mouseless? A lot of itinerant users tote laptops around these days and it’s a hassle to pack a mouse for trips: is there easy way to change the icon size without a mouse?
The answer is that it depend on your laptop model and trackpad drivers but there are a few things you can try that might just work. Try doing this:
Click the desktop once to give it focus then while holding down the Ctrl key, gently stroke the trackpad with two fingers. Give it a few tries if it doesn’t work the first time. Try three fingers if you still don’t see any results.
A few laptops have various trackpad gestures and this is a common way to scroll up and down through documents.
It’s worth a shot.
Let me know what worked for ya in the comments below!