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    Desktop Icon size
    How to Change the Size of Desktop Icons in Vista
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    Desktop Icon size

    How to Change the Size of Desktop Icons in Vista


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    This will show you how to increase or decrease the size of all the icons on the Desktop in Vista. The icons size is set to Medium Icons by default.
    Note   Note
    To see the icons for internet URL shortcuts on the Desktop instead of the default e icon, you must have the View set to Classic Icons. For more on this, see: How to Add a Fully Functional IE7 Shortcut Icon to the Desktop in Vista





    OPTION ONE

    To Change Size with the Context Menu

    1. Right click on a empty space on the desktop.

    2. Click on View. (See screenshot below)

    3. Select the size you want. (Classic, Medium, or Large Icons)
    Desktop Icon size-right_click.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    To Change Size with the Mouse Scroll Wheel

    NOTE: This will also work on all icons in Windows Explorer.
    1. Highlight the Icon.

    2. Press and hold down the CTRL key (Control).
    NOTE: You may need to also press and hold the right mouse button with some older mouse models.

    3. Roll your mouse scroll wheel up or down to adjust the icon size
    NOTE: The trick is not moving the mouse while rolling the scroll wheel. (up=larger, down=smaller)

    4. Release the CTRL key when done.
    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Re: Desktop Icon size

    I liked Method Two, More Controllable

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    Re: Desktop Icon size

    Hi Shawn,

    I only need to hold down ctrl and scroll the mouse button - don't need to right click as well.

    Think you only need to use right click as well if it doesn't work with just the ctrl key and scroll wheel.

    I think this is true of most modern mice. ( The ones with clickable scroll wheels - in fact right clicking might stop you being able to do it if you have one of these). Seems it's the older ones where you also need to right click.

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    Re: Desktop Icon size

    Thank your SIW2. The tutorial has been updated for this.

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    Re: Desktop Icon size

    How do you make this permanent ? When I boot, this setting is lost and I have to reset it again ?

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    Re: Desktop Icon size

    Hello Elito, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    It should stay set the way you set it by default unless you change it.

    I'm not sure what may be causing this (bad video drivers?), but you can use the free program Iconoid to help maintain your desktop icon positions. You might also run a sfc/ scannow command to see if it can find and fix any bad system files that may be responsible.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Desktop Icon size

    I am having trouble maintaining my icon size. When I try to get them to classic size, my icons immediately swell back to the large size. Neither method below makes my icons stay small.

    What is happening?

    Thanks,
    Grams21

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    Re: Desktop Icon size

    Hello Grams21, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    At what point do they revert back to the large size? (ex: after playing a game, etc....)

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    Re: Desktop Icon size

    It has happened most often after I have used the Skype video conferencing program. This never happened until I began to use Skype.

    Additionally I am using my laptop with an external monitor attached.

    Now everything is ok, but it has happened too many times. Everything is very very large!! It corrects by itself after I continuously click on the classic size. Sometimes it takes several hours to get my icons and all other programs back to a normal view.

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    Re: Desktop Icon size

    With it being very large, it sounds like the DPI setting or screen resolution may be being lowered after using those items.

    You might see if the free program Iconoid can help maintain your settings easier until you can get the issues with Skype worked out.

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