Personalization Change Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 11


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The desktop (Win+D) is your home screen and working space in Windows that contains the taskbar and any icons (ex: shortcuts, files, folders, etc...) you add to and arrange on the desktop.

This tutorial will show you how to change the size (view layout) of desktop icons for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Change Size of Desktop Icons using Scroll Wheel
  • Option Two: Change Size of Desktop Icons using Context Menu
  • Option Three: Change Size of Desktop Icons using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Four: Change Size of Desktop Icons using BAT file




Option One

Change Size of Desktop Icons using Scroll Wheel


1 Click/tap on your desktop (Win+D).

2 Press and hold the Ctrl key while rolling the scroll wheel up (larger) or down (smaller) to cycle the icon view to the size you want, and release the Ctrl key when done.

There are 28 sizes available to scroll through ranging from extra small to extra large.





Option Two

Change Size of Desktop Icons using Context Menu


1 Right click or press and hold on your desktop.

2 Click/tap on View, and click/tap on click/tap on Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons for the size you want. (see screenshot below)

Desktop_icons_size_context_menu.png





Option Three

Change Size of Desktop Icons using Keyboard Shortcut


1 Click/tap on your desktop (Win+D).

2 Press the keyboard shortcut in the table below for the desktop icons view size you want.

Icon Size
Keyboard Shortcut
Extra large iconsCtrl+ Shift + 1
Large iconsCtrl+ Shift + 2
Medium iconsCtrl+ Shift + 3
Small iconsCtrl+ Shift + 4




Option Four

Change Size of Desktop Icons using BAT file


1 Do step 2 (Extra large icons), step 3 (Large icons), step 4 (Medium icons), or step 5 (Small icons) below for what you want.

2 Use Extra Large Icons on Desktop

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 6 below.​

Extra_large_desktop_icons.bat


(Contents of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop" /V IconSize /T REG_DWORD /D 256 /F
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop" /V Mode /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop" /V LogicalViewMode /T REG_DWORD /D 3 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

3 Use Large Icons on Desktop

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 6 below.​

Large_desktop_icons.bat


(Contents of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop" /V IconSize /T REG_DWORD /D 96 /F
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop" /V Mode /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop" /V LogicalViewMode /T REG_DWORD /D 3 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

4 Use Medium Icons on Desktop

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 6 below.​

Medium_desktop_icons.bat


(Contents of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop" /V IconSize /T REG_DWORD /D 48 /F
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop" /V Mode /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop" /V LogicalViewMode /T REG_DWORD /D 3 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

5 Use Small Icons on Desktop

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 6 below.​

Small_desktop_icons.bat


(Contents of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop" /V IconSize /T REG_DWORD /D 32 /F
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop" /V Mode /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop" /V LogicalViewMode /T REG_DWORD /D 3 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

6 Save the .bat file to your desktop.

7 Unblock the .bat file.

8 Run the .bat file.

9 You will now notice your screen flicker as the explorer process is restarted to apply the registry changes.

10 You can now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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I just tried this and it still works at win11. (y)
 

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For Icons ON the desktop (not the task bar) just use CTRL + scroll wheel on mouse to make the icons bigger / smaller.

That short cut has been around since W7 days.

(Note this doesn't change icon sizes on the task bar of course).

Cheers
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