Icons Text Size - Change in Windows 10

    Icons Text Size - Change in Windows 10

    How to Change Text Size for Icons in Windows 10
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    How to Change Text Size for Icons in Windows 10

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    You can make the text of icons on your screen easier to see by making them larger while keeping your display set to its recommended resolution and default DPI.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the font size of text for the name of icons to what you want for your account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    This will affect the text font size for icons in:
    • Address bars
    • Desktop
    • File Explorer


    If you changed the DPI scaling level settings to anything other than the default 96 DPI (100%), you will not be able to change the text size for items.
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    EXAMPLE: Before and After icons text size
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    Here's How:

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Display icon.

    2. Under Change only the text size, select Icons. (see screenshot below)

    3. Select a font size (6 to 24) you want for icon text.
    NOTE: The default size is 9.

    4. Check or uncheck Bold for what you want.

    5. When finished, click/tap on Apply.

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    6. You will now see a Please wait screen until your text size settings are applied.
    Note   Note
    If your settings do not get applied within a few minutes afterwards, then you can sign out and sign in to manually apply them.





    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 428
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit; Windows 10 TP
       2015-08-28 #1

    Thank you for this tutorial. Personally, I use a script (a .CMD file) which loads on Windows start up and sets my displays to 125% custom DPI, which is the only setting that makes my system functional. Both of my monitors are shown in my System Specs, by the way.

    I reply to this thread because I recall one bug or glitch, from when I was still trying to resolve my issue via these methods. I recall that the Menus would not keep their font size! So, I was setting everything in that drop down list to size 12 but the Menus were returning to size 9, as soon as the next item (Message boxes) was set. Only when I was setting them to size...14 they seemed to get bigger. This though had horrible results in the Menus of Office, and other programs...

    Is this still happening?
    If so, any idea why?

    Thank you for all these excellent tutorials!

    PS:
    Two suggestions, if I may: please make one tutorial on how to (safely) reset-clear the Reliability History and another one on how to use the Windows Firewall.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,477
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-08-28 #2

    Hey Joanne,

    The text size setting for menu has stayed to what I set it using your same settings.

    I haven't forgot about the reliability history tutorial. It's still on my long list.

    I'll have some for Windows Firewall as well, but I'm not much good with the advanced settings for it though.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 428
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit; Windows 10 TP
       2015-08-28 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hey Joanne,

    The text size setting for menu has stayed to what I set it using your same settings.
    I see...
    Well, perhaps it has to do with the monitor? So, when you set your Menus to 12, for example, and you see their size increasing, when you set the next item to 12, your Menus do not return to 9? And do you set each one and Apply or set all of them items and then Apply?

    Brink said: View Post
    I haven't forgot about the reliability history tutorial. It's still on my long list.

    I'll have some for Windows Firewall as well, but I'm not much good with the advanced settings for it though.
    Looking forward to both, thank you!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,477
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-08-28 #4

    I had set them all at once, then clicked on apply.
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  5. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 428
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit; Windows 10 TP
       2015-08-28 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    I had set them all at once, then clicked on apply.
    Okay, I suppose you are on the latest insider build?

    Two last questions, please:

    1) If you set the Menus to 12, how do the menus in Office (or other programs) look? Do they look normal or do they look oversized?

    2) I have not tried this method lately but why do you think my Menus were returning to size 9? Do you think it has to do with my monitors?

    Thanks!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,477
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-08-28 #6

    Yep, using the latest build 10532.

    Q1) It increased the menu text size in Office 2016.

    Q2) Not sure why. Possibly one of the other settings reset it??
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  7. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 428
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit; Windows 10 TP
       2015-08-28 #7

    Yes, it increased the menus in my Office 2016, as well, and they were looking ridiculously big in my screens...

    If by "one of the other settings reset it" you mean some other setting from this drop-down list then I don't know. All I know is that it should not reset it.

    If, on the other hand, by "one of the other settings" you mean some other setting in Windows, I can reassure you that no. Because right after I clean-install the OS, and without any tweaking applied, and without any program installed, I check to see IF some of the bugs I know and have observed, have been fixed. So, I tried increasing the size of these items right after installing the OS. The Menus were not working for me. And it is a pity because the Menus define the size of a monitoring tool I always use: HWiNFO64, the best monitoring tool available! It was displaying too minuscule in my system, as everything else, and its size (the Sensor window size) could be increased only via the Menus item. And this specific item was not functioning in my system, lol...

    Anyway, no worries
    As soon as Microsoft will provide a new official ISO, I will clean-install and retry. If it will work, fine! If not I will return to my .cmd file and no problem.

    Thank you.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  8. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,477
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-08-28 #8

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