How to Change Icon Sizes? Windows 10 – 11

Icons too small or too large? Change things up to get the size just right

This article explains how to change the size of icons on the desktop and File Explorer in Windows 10.

How to Change Desktop Icon Sizes in Windows 10

Your desktop is part of Windows 10 that hosts shortcuts to the Recycle Bin and your favorite apps. These shortcuts are represented by icons that can be made larger or smaller to match your tastes.

  1. On the Windows 10 desktop, right-click anywhere to bring up a menu. Select View.

    WIndows 10 desktop showing menu with View highlighted
  2. Select Large iconsMedium icons, or Small icons to change the size of the icons on your desktop.

    WIndows 10 desktop with Medium icons selected in flyout menu

    Your current Windows 10 icon size setting has a black dot next to it in the menu.

  3. After selecting an icon size, the icons on the desktop resize automatically. You can repeat this process as many times as you like to get your icons looking the way you want.

How to Change Windows 10 File Icon Sizes

When browsing your Windows 10 device’s folders in the File Explorer or when looking for a file to upload to an app or website such as X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, or Twitch, it can be helpful to adjust the size of the file icons to make it easier to locate the file you need.

  1. Open File Explorer from the Windows 10 Start Menu.

    Depending on your Start Menu settings, the link to File Explorer may appear as a small icon that looks like a folder. You can also type “File Explorer” into the Windows search box to open File Explorer.

  2. Select the View tab on the File Explorer window.

    File Explorer window with View tab highlighted
  3. In the Layout section, point to Extra large iconsLarge iconsMedium-sized iconsSmall iconsListDetailsTiles and Content. As you do, all the icons preview the selected size so you can see how each option will display.

    Options in the Layout section of Windows Explorer screen
  4. Select the icon size you want to apply it.

Your icon size preferences are folder-specific in the File Explorer. For example, if you want the Extra large icons option enabled for every folder, you’ll need to change each one manually.

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