How to Make Windows Icons Smaller

By Lucosi Fuller

With Windows, Microsoft allows a user to manipulate the appearance of the desktop because a person enjoys a computer more when he can take ownership of it. When a user can change colors and aspect ratios and rename files, the statement that is being made is that the computer is his because it looks the way he wants it to look. If you like your desktop to be a cluttered mess of icons, it's your prerogative, but you can add more icons to your desktop mosaic if you shrink them. Happy personalizing!

Shrinking Icons in Windows XP

Step 1

Right-click on the desktop. A drop-down menu will appear on which you will click on "Properties."

Step 2

In the "Display Properties" box, click on the "Settings" tab.

Step 3

Slide the scale in the "Screen Resolution" box to the right to shrink the icons (and everything else that appears on the screen).

Step 4

Click on "Apply" and then click on "OK."

Step 5

Click on "Start" and then right-click on an empty space until a box that says "Properties" appears. Click on "Properties."

Step 6

In the "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" menu, click on "Customize."

Step 7

In the box that says "Select an icon size for programs," click on "Small Icons."

Step 8

Click on "Apply" and then click on "OK" to adjust the size.

Shrinking Icons in Windows Vista

Step 1

Right-click on the desktop. When the drop-down menu appears, run the mouse-pointer over "View" and click on "Classic Icons." This will shrink the icons if they are set to either "Large Icons" or "Medium Icons."

Step 2

Right-click on the desktop again and click on "Personalize."

Step 3

On the "Personalize appearance and sounds" screen, click on "Taskbar and Start Menu" on the left side bar.

Step 4

In the "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" menu, click on the "Start Menu" tab.

Step 5

Click on "Customize."

Step 6

Find the box that says "Use large icons." If it is checked, uncheck it and click on "OK." This will shrink the Start Menu and Taskbar icons.