Fix: Windows 10 icons are too big

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

The first thing many users notice about Windows 10 soon after they install it, is that desktop icons are too large. Big icons are useful for people who have certain eye conditions, but most users find large icons quite annoying. Fortunately, this is an issue that can easily be fixed by customizing the display settings.

Here’s how users describe this issue:

I upgraded to win10 today, and EVERYTHING on my screen is so large…

The resolution is ok, and in display settings the scaling appears to be at 100%, yet the windows and icon are still too big. In win 8.1 the 100% scaling was great, it made everything smaller yet not too small and I sort of liked it, but in Win10 the 100% scaling is way bigger. How can I fix this?

Before customizing the settings for the desktop and taskbar icons, make sure you’re using the right display resolution and you’re running the latest graphics driver.

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How to set the right desktop resolution

  1. Right-click on your desktop > select Display Settings
  2. Click on the Advanced Display Settings option, located at the bottom of the screen
  3. Set the recommended resolution.

recommended display resolution windows 10

Install the latest graphics driver:

1. Go to Windows Update > click on Check for updates

Check for updates Windows 10

2. Install the available updates

How to resize desktop icons on Windows 10

Solution 1 – Change the view settings

desktop icon size windows 10

  1. Right click on your desktop.
  2. Select View.
  3. Choose the icon size you want.

How to resize taskbar icons on Windows 10

1. Right-click on the taskbar

resize taskbar icons windows 10

2. Select Properties > select Use small taskbar buttons.

use small taskbar icons windows 10

How to personalize the font size on the desktop and other places in Windows 10

  1. Go to Settings > System > Advanced display settings
  2. Select Advanced sizing of text and other items
  3. Select Set a custom scaling level 

Set a custom scaling level

4. Click on Custom sizing option > Scale to this percentage of normal size

custom sizing options windows 10

5. Click OK > restart computer

6. Go back to Settings > System > Advanced display settings > Advanced sizing of text and other items

7. Select Change only the text size > personalize the settings

change the text size windows 10 icons

8. Restart your computer.

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