You can customize a lot of different things in Windows 7 by using options found on the Control Panel. But you can also customize certain areas using the right-click option. For example, you can find out how to change the size of desktop icons in Windows 7 if you would like to make those icons bigger or smaller.
The desktop icons on your Windows 7 computer provide a convenient way to access your programs, files, and folders. But those icons can vary is size, and you might find that the current setting on your computer is either too big or too small for your liking. Fortunately this is a setting in the operating system over which you have some control.
Our guide below will show you how to choose a new size for your desktop icons by either making them bigger or smaller than the current setting. This can make the icons more appealing to you when you are looking at your desktop.
How to Make Desktop Icons Smaller in Windows 7
- Right-click the taskbar and choose Show the desktop.
- Right-click in an empty space on the desktop and choose View.
- Select the desired icon size from the list of options.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to make Windows 7 desktop icons smaller or larger, including pictures of these steps.
How to Make Desktop Icons Bigger or Smaller in Windows 7 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article are going to show you how to adjust the size of the icons on your desktop in Windows 7. Note that this is a setting that applies to all of the icons on your desktop. You cannot, for example, make some of your desktop icons bigger, but leave the others at their original size.
Step 1: Right-click the taskbar, then select the Show the desktop option.
Though this is not technically required, it makes it a little easier to ensure that anyone reading this guide is in the correct location.
Step 2: Right-click in an empty space on the desktop, select the View option, then click either the Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons option.
If you don’t like the new desktop icon size, you can always go back to that menu and choose one of the other options until you have found the size that is best for you.
Would you like to use a different background picture on your desktop, but you aren’t sure how? Learn how to change the Windows 7 desktop background and use one of the default pictures on your computer, or almost any other image that you might have taken yourself or found on the Internet.
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