In general, Windows 10 does a good job of adapting to the screen resolution of whatever device you are running it on. However, one size doesn’t fit all and you might want the shortcut icons to appear larger. Or maybe there isn’t enough room for everything on your desktop and you’d like to make things smaller. Here’s a look at how to change the size of icons on your desktop and File Explorer.
Change Icon Size in Windows 10
There are a few ways to go about changing the size of desktop and File Explorer icons. The simplest way to change the icon size is to hold down the Ctrl key and scroll up or down with your mouse scroll wheel to get the size you want. It’s worth noting that this trick works with previous versions of Windows, too.
You can also right-click an empty area of the desktop and go to View and switch between small, medium, or large icon size on the context menu.
If you need to change icons sizes while working with files and folders in File Explorer there are few ways to do it. First, you can change icon sizes by selecting the View tab and then choosing from the various sizes in the Layout field.
Another File Explorer tip you might not be aware of is the ability to switch between large icons and the small details view.
If you need to change the size of icons on the Taskbar you can right-click on it and select Taskbar Settings.
Then flip the switch to use small taskbar buttons on or off.
If you want to make virtually everything larger, head to Settings > System > Display. Then scroll down to the Scale and layout section and choose a percentage in one of the drop-down menus.
Click the Custom scaling link under that drop-down menu to finely tweak the size of icons, text, and other items in the Windows 10 UI.
Whether you need to make things larger so you can see easier or want larger targets for Windows 10 touch, knowing how to easily change the size of icons is a helpful tip.
What about you? Does the default size of the icons in Windows 10 work for you on your display or do you like to switch it up? Leave a comment below and let us know.