How to Make Icons Smaller on Windows 10

Your computer is something you use all the time, which is why you need to be comfortable with every single thing about your computer – no matter how small it may be. This also holds in the case of the size of the icons on your computer. You’re going to be looking at the icons on your computer a lot, so you need to be comfortable with how big (or how small) they are. The size of the icons on your computer needs to be just right – they shouldn’t be so big that they take up an unnecessarily large amount of space, and they shouldn’t be so small that you have to squint to make out the icons on your screen or have trouble tapping on them while using a touch screen.

Thankfully, though, Windows 10 gives full control over the size of icons to its users – you freely and seamlessly make all of the icons you see on your computer smaller. Yes, that’s right – you can decrease the size of not only the icons on your Desktop but also the ones located in your Taskbar and all of the icons within any given folder on your computer. To top it all off, making icons on a Windows 10 computer smaller is as easy as restoring a file or folder you deleted from the Recycle Bin to its original location. Here’s how you can make the different icons you see on your Windows 10 computer smaller:

Desktop icons

  1. Navigate to your Desktop. Right-click in space on your Desktop.
  2. Hover over the View option in the resulting context menu.
    Click View in the menu
  3. Select how small you want the Desktop icons to be – if the Large icons option was selected, select the Medium icons option and if that’s still too big, go for the Small icons option.
    Select your View Options

Experience with the different Desktop icon size options Windows 10 has to offer varies from one user to the other, especially depending on the screen resolution of the user in question. It is worth noting that changing the size of the Desktop icons on a Windows 10 computer changes just that and nothing else.

Taskbar icons

  1. Navigate to your Desktop. Right-click in a space on your Desktop.
  2. Click on Display Settings in the resulting context menu.
    Open Display Settings
  3. Move the slider under the Change the size of text, apps, and other items option to 100%125%150% or 175%, whatever value is lower than the already selected one.
    Adjust the slider to change the size of text, apps, and other items option

    Note: If Taskbar icons on the new value are still too large, simply switch to a value that is even lower than that one.

  4. Click on Apply.
  5. If Windows asks you if you’d like to keep the changes, confirm the action.
  6. If Windows asks you to log out and then back in so that it may be able to provide you with a more consistent experience, log out and then back into Windows.
  7. Also, you can use another approach to resize the Taskbar icons on Windows 10, to do so, right-click on your Taskbar and then click on “Taskbar Settings“.
    Open Taskbar Settings
  8. In the left pane of the window, find “Use Small Buttons” and toggle its switch to on position.
    Enable “Use Small Buttons Option”

You should know that decreasing the size of Taskbar icons on Windows 10 will also decrease the size of the text in apps like Microsoft Edge and Calendar, as well as text in notification windows.

Icons in File Explorer

Icons in File Explorer

The other remaining area of Windows 10 where you see icons is the File Explorer. In the File Explorer, you can control the size of icons (and even how they are displayed to you) by simply pressing the Ctrl key and with it still held, scrolling down on your mouse’s scroll wheel. As you scroll down on your mouse’s scroll wheel, the icon size and display settings go from Large icons to Medium icons to Small icons to List to Details to Tiles and to Content. You can decide not only how small the icons in the File Explorer are but also how they are displayed and if any other information is displayed with them.

However, you should note that icon size and display manner in File Explorer is a folder-specific setting – while Windows will remember your icon size and display manner settings for a specific folder, those settings will only be applied to that specific folder, not to its parent folder, not to its child folders, and not to any other folders in File Explorer. This means that you are going to have to adjust icon size for different folders in File Explorer individually.

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