How to Change Icon Sizes in Windows 10

Icons too small or too large? You can change that

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You can change the size of icons on the desktop and File Explorer in Windows 10 if you're not satisfied with the default Windows 10 experience. Changing the icon size in Windows 10 doesn't require downloading any software or apps as the option is supported directly within the operating system itself.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10.

Reasons to Change Windows 10 Icon Sizes

If you make the icons larger, then the icon text is easier to read and will display previews of images and movie files. Making them smaller means that you can fit more icons on a screen. Also, smaller file icons make it easier to find something when sorting alphabetically or by date.

If you share a computer, though, changing the appearance of icons might confuse other users. Additionally, if you use multiple Windows 10 computers and tablets, it will take a lot of time to customize the icon settings on each device.

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.

    Screenshot of Windows 10 desktop contextual menu
  2. Select View.

    Screenshot of View menu in Windows 10 desktop contextual menu
  3. Select Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons to change the size of the icons on your desktop.

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

    Screenshot of Large Icons selected on desktop in Windows 10
  4. After selecting your preferred icon size, the icons on the desktop will 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 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.

    Screenshot of View tab in File Explorer window
  3. In the Layout section, point to Extra large icons, Large icons, Medium-sized icons, Small icons, List, Details, Tiles, and Content. All of the icons will preview the selected size so you can see how each option will display.

    Screenshot of Extra Large Icons selected in File Explorer window
  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.