Change icon and text size

All of my desktop icons are way too big. Can I shrink them somehow?

Yes. You can change the size of the icons and the size of the text beneath them, and not just by choosing Large Icon or Small Icon. Just right-click the desktop, click Properties, and go to the Appearance tab. Click Effects.


The Advanced Appearance window will open. Scroll down to “icon” and then you’ll be able to change those icon and caption sizes at will.


Make your changes, then click OK. You’ll return to the Display Properties window. Click Apply. Your desktop screen will gray out for a few seconds, then you’ll see the changes on your desktop. If you like what you see, click OK. If not, click on Effects again and make more changes.

For Windows Vista:

Right-Click on your desktop and go to “Personalize“. From here, click on “Window Color and Appearance“. Click on the “Advanced” button and you’ll be able to change your icon size from here.

Have fun with your new desktop look!

~ Chris

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.