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    Change Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10

    Change Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10

    How to Change the Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10

    Published by BrinkCategory: Customization
    02 Sep 2016 Last Updated: 17 Jun 2017 at 01:11

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    How to Change the Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The desktop is the main screen area that you see after you turn on your PC and sign in to Windows. Like the top of an actual desk, it serves as a surface for your work. When you open programs or folders, they appear on the desktop. You can also put items on the desktop, such as files, folders, and shortcuts, and arrange them however you want.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the size and view layout of your desktop icons in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    Starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703, you will no longer be able to change the size of desktops icons to a list, details, tiles, or content view.


    CONTENTS:


    EXAMPLE: Desktop view with small, medium, and large icons
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    Change Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10
    To Resize Desktop Icons using Scroll Wheel

    Tip   Tip
    You can quickly undo this to restore your previous desktop icons size and layout by restarting explorer during the current session.

    Desktop icons size and layout only remains in memory until you sign out. Afterwards, the current size and layout is saved to the registry, and you will no longer be able to restore your previous desktop icons size and layout.


    1. Click/tap on your desktop, press and hold the Ctrl key and roll the scroll wheel forward and backward until you have the size you want for your desktop icons, then release the Ctrl key.

    2. You may need to toggle Auto arrange icons and/or Auto align icons on and off to realign the icons on your desktop.






    Change Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10
    To Resize Desktop Icons using Context Menu

    Tip   Tip
    You can quickly undo this to restore your previous desktop icons size and layout by restarting explorer during the current session.

    Desktop icons size and layout only remains in memory until you sign out. Afterwards, the current size and layout is saved to the registry, and you will no longer be able to restore your previous desktop icons size and layout.


    1. Right click or press and hold on your desktop (Shift+F10), click/tap on View, and click/tap on Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons for the size you want. (see screenshot below)

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    Change Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Change Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10
    To Change Desktop View Layout using Keyboard

    Tip   Tip
    You can quickly undo this to restore your previous desktop icons size and layout by restarting explorer during the current session.

    Desktop icons size and layout only remains in memory until you sign out. Afterwards, the current size and layout is saved to the registry, and you will no longer be able to restore your previous desktop icons size and layout.


    1. Click/tap on your desktop, press and hold the Shift + Ctrl keys and press a number key 1 to 8 until you have the view layout you want for your desktop, then release the Shift and Ctrl keys.

    Note   Note
    This will not work using the number pad. You will need to use the numbers at the top of the keyboard.

    Number View Layout
    1 Extra large icons
    2 Large icons
    3 Medium icons
    4 Small icons
    5 List
    6 Details
    7 Tiles
    8 Content







    Change Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Change Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10
    To Resize Desktop Icons using a BAT file

    Note   Note
    The .bat files below will modify the DWORD values in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop

    IconSize DWORD

    LogicalViewMode DWORD

    Mode DWORD


    1. Do step 2 (extra large), step 3 (large), step 4 (medium), step 5 (small), step 6 (list), step 7 (details), step 8 (tiles), or step 9 (content) below for what view layout you would like use on your desktop.


     2. To Use Extra Large Icons on Your Desktop

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Extra_large_desktop_icons.bat

    download


     3. To Use Large Icons on Your Desktop

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Large_desktop_icons.bat

    download


     4. To Use Medium Icons on Your Desktop

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Medium_desktop_icons.bat

    download


     5. To Use Small Icons on Your Desktop

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Small_desktop_icons.bat

    download


     6. To Use List View Layout on Your Desktop

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 10 below.

    List_view_layout_for_desktop.bat

    download


     7. To Use Details View Layout on Your Desktop

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Details_view_layout_for_desktop.bat

    download


     8. To Use Tiles View Layout on Your Desktop

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Tiles_view_layout_for_desktop.bat

    download


     9. To Use Content View Layout on Your Desktop

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Content_view_layout_for_desktop.bat

    download


    10. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    11. Unblock the .bat file.

    12. Run the .bat file.

    13. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly open and close as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    14. You may need to toggle Auto arrange icons and/or Auto align icons on and off to realign the icons on your desktop.

    15. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    03 Sep 2016 #1
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    One more more method I learned from @Edwin is, make sure you click your mouse cursor on the desktop and press and hold Shift + CTRL then press a number key,1 thru 6(on top of keyboard, not from the number pad):
    My favorite, because you can add columns, by right clicking the bar at the top:
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    The rest:

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  2.    03 Sep 2016 #2
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    Absolutely @Cliff S!

    Also remember:
    You can adjust the size of icons in column view with Ctrl+Mouse Wheel:

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  3.    03 Sep 2016 #3
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    And......

    As the desktop is a virtual folder, the columns become scrollable, with enough icons added, and a scroll bar on the right as well!

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  4.    03 Sep 2016 #4
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    Thank you Cliff. I added OPTION THREE to the tutorial for this.
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  5.    03 Sep 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Thank you Cliff. I added OPTION THREE to the tutorial for this.
    It's really only useful if you use your desktop as a work area, with a lot of files and folder and it helps organize a little better.(my first screenshot)
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  6.    03 Sep 2016 #6
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    For #6 Details view, right clicking the header gives a drop down menu.
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    selecting more, let's you add more information.
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  7.    17 Jun 2017 #7
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    I have just registered to seek help from you awesome people. After the latest update, Ctrl + Shift + 5 through 8 (as well as the .bat files uploaded here) are not working. Please let us know the fix or at least any workarounds. Thanks a million!
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  8.    17 Jun 2017 #8
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    Hello @mahmudhussain, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Unfortunately, those views are no longer available starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update.
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  9.    17 Jun 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello @mahmudhussain, and welcome to Ten Forums. Unfortunately, those views are no longer available starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update.
    Is there any workarounds available, good sir?
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