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Solved: How do I make the Windows desktop icon size smaller?

Question

For some reason, the icons are much bigger on one PC compared with another. How to adjust the size of desktop icons?

Answer

Reduce the display scaling and you will see a smaller icon.

You can also press Control + mouse scroll wheel (if exisiting) while at the desktop background to change icon sizes. Use the same method to get your icons back to normal.

Right-click an empty desktop space, select the View option from the context menu, then click on the Small icons option. Sometimes the Medium icons and Large icons settings don’t work because the icon file doesn’t have multiple icons with large enough pixel sizes, but there should always be an icon that works with the Small icons setting.

Right-click an empty desktop space, select the View option from the context menu, then click on the Small icons option.

Reference

Windows Support > View display settings in Windows

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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