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How to make desktop icons smaller in Windows 7?

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Monday, January 11th, 2010

Do you want to make your desktop icons smaller or larger in Windows 7? There is an easy trick that allows you to scale a lot of things quickly.

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Resizing your desktop icons to small or large desktop icons can be useful for many purposes and allows you to customize Windows 7 just as you want and need it.

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In order to make your desktop icons smaller or larger do this:

1. Step Click on your desktop once to deselect everything.
2. Step Click on an icon
3. Step Hold CTRL and scroll down or up to make the icons smaller or larger. (do it carefully or you will end up with extremely large or small icons)

Small desktop icons vs. Large desktop icons:

You can have very large icons or very small icons, it’s up to you:

Large Desktop Icons

Small Desktop Icons

You can use the same trick to scale websites in firefox.

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13 Responses to How to make desktop icons smaller in Windows 7?

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Alex said:

    Thx man ! That works .

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    dhang said:

    i’ve been annoyed of finding this on youtube,
    i can only find it in here!
    thanks a lot!

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Jarrod said:

    Thanks. Didn’t know it was so easy

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Barbara said:

    This is nuts, everything is huge, and I can’t figure out to make it all normal again. I went to control panel,then to display. it won’t let me make it all normal again cause it so huge that I can’t go to the bottom of the page to click on apply, which i know it would work. not i am stuck with this. I am ready to take a hammer to this computer, and beat it into very small pieces and throw it all away.

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    saleumsai said:

    i just did know to make the icon smaller because i wan to get my web cam worked. thank you

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    OzDrDj said:

    How do i do this on my laptop, I have no scroll wheel?

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    LesZ said:

    Works great for VISTA too. Thanks!

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Gil Kibler said:

    This works like a charm. Just remember, you can’t use a touchpad, you have to plug in or use a wireless mouse. Great tip. Thanks for the help.

  9. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Evelyn said:

    Thanks! I hate large icons and on my windows 7 desktop, small are still rather large. I’m a minimalist when it comes to my desktop icon size. Now I’m happy.

    Thank you again!

  10. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Andrew said:

    Right click on desktop and choose view / small icons.

  11. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    K. Briggs said:

    Thanks, it’s the only thing that worked for me…and it worked great. The other advice that I read about right clicking properties did not work so I APPRECIATE it so much…it’s been bugging me…….lol

  12. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    jennie said:

    THANKS! Worked for me. I’ve been spending so much time under properties, and couldn’t find anything. Was bugging me as well – THANK YOU.

  13. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Patsy said:

    The best solution was “right click, choose size.” Thanks, Andrew. I couldn’t find a scroll bar using your first suggestion.

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