1674. Change Size of the Windows Desktop Icons
Windows choses the default size for icons on the desktop and sometimes that size isn't correct. I have heard people complain that suddenly the icons become too large or small. Is there some way to actively control the size of the icons?
Doug was recently providing an online tech support session, and his icons “magically” grew to enormous size, making it impossible to see much on his Windows desktop. Of course, in the middle of the presentation for a client, it doesn’t help to stumble about, looking for a way to quickly resize desktop icons, and he was flustered.
The answer, it turns out, is simple: You can right-click on the Windows desktop, select View from the context menu, and then select Small, Medium, or Large icons. Give it a try—most likely, one of these sizes will work for you, if you want to resize your desktop icons.
If you use a mouse with a scroll wheel, you have an alternative for setting the icon size, as well: Hold down the Ctrl key, and scroll the mouse scroll wheel. Scrolling up makes the icons larger, and scrolling down makes them smaller. Doug figures this is what he did during his presentation—erroneously scrolled the mouse wheel with the Ctrl key pressed. Once you know this trick, it’s easy to adjust the Windows desktop icon size to just the size you like.
If you right-click on the desktop and select View, you’ll also find other useful options for arranging desktop icons, including the option to organize and sort the icons. It’s worth checking out these options, if you’re a neat freak (as is Ken).