How to Change Icon Size In Windows 11

You can change the size right from the desktop, but there are other ways, too

What to Know

  • Right-click or tap and hold on the desktop and select View from the context menu.
  • Select the size of desktop icons that you want from the list of options.
  • You can also change the icon size by pressing Ctrl + Shift as well as 1,2, 3, or 4.

This article will show you three different methods for changing icon size in Windows 11.

How to Change The Size of Desktop Icons In Windows 11

The simplest way to change desktop icon sizes in Windows 11 is using its bespoke context menu.

  1. Right-click or tap and hold on the desktop to bring up the context menu.

  2. Select View.

    Windows 11 desktop context menu.
  3. From the icon size options, select the size that you want them to appear. Medium Icons is the default, so if you want them to be bigger, select Large Icons,

    Desktop icon size options on Windows 11.

How to Change the Size of Desktop Icons In Windows 11 Using Keyboard Shortcuts

You can skip over accessing the desktop context menu on Windows 11 and use shortcuts to change desktop icon size instead. Hold the Control and Shift keys on your keyboard, and then press either 1, 2, 3, or 4. The default Medium icon size is 3, so if you want icons to be smaller, select 4. If you want larger icons, select 1 or 2.

How to Change the Size of Desktop Icons In Windows 11 Using The Mouse Scroll Wheel

You can use your mouse wheel to increase or decrease Windows 11 desktop icon size too. First, press and hold the Control key on your keyboard. Using the mouse scroll wheel, scroll up to increase the icon size, and scroll down to decrease the icon size.

  • How do I change icon sizes in the Windows 11 taskbar?

    You can resize taskbar icons by adjusting the size of the taskbar itself, or you can "fake it" by changing your screen resolution (higher for smaller icons). It's also possible to resize taskbar icons without adjusting screen resolution or the taskbar's size, but you'll need to download one of three specific .bat files. Once downloaded, unblock and run the .bat file, then wait for it to apply the changes.

  • How do I change folder icons in Windows 11?

    You can change the icon for most folders in Windows 11, including regular folders, special desktop icon folders, and hard drives. The process is different for regular folders compared to special folders (like the Recycle Bin) and hard drives, however.

  • How do I change app icons in Windows 11?

    Right-click the app's icon and select Properties > Shortcut > Change Icon. From there, choose the icon you'd like to change to, then confirm with OK.

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