How to Resize Desktop Icons, Fonts and Other Display Items in Windows 10

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This is a basic guide on how to resize desktop icons, fonts, and a few other display items in Windows 10. If you’re coming from an older Windows version, you’ll notice a few changes in the placement of these options.

As a default setting, the size of the Windows file icons and text are calibrated according to your screen dimensions. When you resize them, they will retain the same proportions.

To personalize your display settings, follow the below steps and apply your changes.

Resizing Desktop Icons in Windows 10

To resize your desktop icons in any Windows 10 folder, right-click on the white space and select “View -> Icon menu size.”

For regular use with laptops, there is no need to go beyond “large icons.” However, if you are working on a larger display, such as a secondary monitor, select “extra large icons.”

Resize Desktop Icons Displays Extra Large Icons

Extra large icons have huge dimensions. But at least you can view the items clearly.

If you want to resize the icons in a granular way, connect your laptop with an external mouse. Hold down the Ctrl key and slowly rotate the mouse wheel.

Resize Desktop Icons Displays Extra Large Icons Enabled

Applying Display Changes to Folders in Windows 10

If you want to go through every folder with “extra large icons,” go to the Start menu and type “file explorer.” Select the app.

Resize Desktop Icons Displays File Explorer

It will show you your frequent folders. Click “View -> icon size” to change the display size of these folders.

Resize Desktop Icons Displays File Explorer Icons Size

Increasing the Start Menu Display Area

To resize the Start menu display in Windows 10, click the Start menu and hover your mouse near its edge. You will now be able to see arrow keys which can be dragged top to bottom in order to resize these icons.

Resizing Fonts in Windows 10

To resize the default font size in Windows 10, go to Start menu and type “Ease of Access display settings.”

Resize Desktop Icons Displays Ease Of Access Display Settings

You will be able to see a display text slider which is set at 100 percent as a default value. Drag the slider and review the text size in the sample box to get your comfortable values.

Resize Desktop Icons Displays Make Display Text Bigger

The following font sizes are displayed for my text slider at a 100-percent value.

Resize Desktop Icons Displays Before Ease Of Access Display Settings

The following font sizes are achieved after increasing the text slider size to 137 percent. As you can see, all the fonts are noticeably bigger.

Resize Desktop Icons Displays After Ease Of Access Display Settings

You can get another 25 percent boost in font and app size using the “Make Everything Bigger” option. It is located right below the display slider.

Resize Desktop Icons Displays Magnify Display Size

Resize Taskbar Items in Windows 10

To reduce the size of taskbar items in Windows 10, right-click anywhere in a blank taskbar space. Following this, select “Taskbar settings.”

Resize Desktop Icons Displays Taskbar Settings

The “small taskbar buttons” option is turned off as a default. Turn it on to reduce the size of these buttons.

Resize Desktop Icons Displays Taskbar Settings Use Small Icons

As shown here, the taskbar items are smaller in size compared to their default settings.

Resize Desktop Icons Displays Taskbar Settings Small Icons Enabled

To increase the taskbar size, right-click anywhere in the empty taskbar space and uncheck “Lock the taskbar.”

Resize Desktop Icons Displays Taskbar Settings Uncheck Lock The Taskbar

In the next step you will be able to drag the taskbar upward and accommodate more files and window items.

Resize Desktop Icons Displays Taskbar Settings Uncheck Increase Taskbar Icons

Conclusion

In this guide, we saw simple techniques to change the display icons, font sizes, taskbar and start menu items in Windows 10. Are you aware of any other methods to improve the display size? Please let us know in the comments.

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