How to Quickly Resize Icons in Windows 11

20 December 2022

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Follow these guidelines to resize Desktop, , and icons in if they are too big or small.

Icons offer to programs, directories, and data. By default, has normal or medium-sized desktop icons, taskbars, and file explorers.

You can change the icon to a size that is comfortable for your eyes, such as small, large, extra large, or any other size. This will be very useful if you often spend a lot of time in front of the computer.

Your computer icon should be of perfect size and should not be too large and take up unnecessary space, nor should it be too small and force you to squint.

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To keep your desktop neat and organized, you can resize icons to smaller if they are too small and make it difficult to identify icons on your desktop. Similarly, if your desktop is cluttered with too many icons.

Windows’ ability to accommodate multiple levels of customization to fit your preferred method of performing productivity tasks is one of its key attractions. Microsoft has made minor modifications but it looks at the task menu, widget window, search field, and UI options because they know what its user base wants.

How to resize icons on Desktop

  1. Open your Desktop (WIN + D).
  2. Right-click on the free space on the desktop and select “View“.
  3. You will see three available icon size options, small, medium, and large icons.
  4. Then, choose one of those three sizes that work best for you or press the following shortcut key:
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You can still set the icon to Extra Large by pressing Ctrl+Shift+1 even if the context menu doesn’t include the “Extra-large icons” option.

How to resize icons in File Explorer

  1. Open File Explorer (WIN + E).
  2. Click the “View” button on the toolbar.
  3. Then choose the icon size that suits you, Extra-large, Large, Medium, or Small icons.
change file explorer icons

How to Resize Icons on Desktop or File Explorer with the Mouse Wheel

The fastest way to resize icons on Desktop or File Explorer is to use the wheel. You can do this by pressing the keyboard key (CRTL) and while holding it, scrolling the wheel to adjust the size of the icon

(CTRL + Mouse Scroll)

Scroll the mouse wheel up to increase the size of the icon and scroll down to zoom out.

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How to resize icons in Taskbar

  1. Open the “ Editor“. You can open it by pressing the keyboard keys (WIN + R) and typing “” in the Run dialog box.
  2. Then navigate to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  3. On the left navigation panel, right-click on “Advanced”  and select “New” then click “DWORD (32-bit) Value”. Alternatively, right-click on any free space in the right panel and select “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value”.
  4. Then, rename the newly created to “TaskbarSi“.
  5. After that, double-click on “TaskbarSi” and change “Value data:” to one of the following:
    • 0 – Small size
    • 1 – Medium Size (Default)
    • 2 – Larger Size
  6. Then, click OK, close Editor, and restart your computer.

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