49. Disable Large Icons On Desktop
One of the most irritating aspects of Windows
Vista is the large icons on the desktop. No matter
what screen resolution you choose the icons always
appear overly large and not in keeping with the
display area. This, apparently, is by default as
Microsoft have come to the conclusion that, if the
icons were scaled according to screen resolution,
the higher the resolution, the smaller the icon.
Obviously small icons are not particularly easy on
There are two ways of reducing the size of the
icons on the desktop. The first will reduce the size
marginally, the second gives you control over what
size the icons will finally be.
To simply make the icons slightly smaller,
proceed as follows:
1/ Right Click on a vacant part
of the desktop.
2/ From the Drop Down menu,
Click the View option.
3/ In the View context menu,
Click one of the following options:
- Large Icons.
- Medium Icons.
- Classic Icons.
The Classic Icons option will reduce the size the
If you really want to control the size of the
icons on the desktop then here is a really simple
tweak to do just that.
1/ Make sure the desktop is in
focus. In other words click on the desktop button to
bring the desktop to the front (assuming you have
other programs open).
2/ Place your mouse on a vacant
part of the desktop and then Hold down the
CTRL (control) key.
3/ Keep the CTRL key pressed
down, and then, with your mouse scroll button,
Scroll the mouse scroll wheel
up or down to
increase or decrease the size of the icons.
4/ Once the icons are at the desired size,
release the CTRL button.
5/ Your desktop icons should now appear in a more