How do I make my Windows icons appear larger?

Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Microsoft Windows users can adjust the size of their icons by displaying large icons. To do this, follow the steps below.

Microsoft Windows 10 users

Tip: While on the Windows desktop screen, you can hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and scroll up and down with the mouse wheel to increase and decrease the size of your icons.

  1. Using your mouse, right-click on the Desktop screen.
  2. In the pop-up menu that appears, select the Display settings option.
  3. On the Display window, under Scale and layout, select 125%, 150%, or 175% in the Change the size of text, apps, and other items drop-down list. Or, if you want to select a higher percentage, click the Custom scaling link below the drop-down list.
  4. On the Custom scaling window, enter a percentage between 100 and 500 in the text box, then click the Apply button.

Note: Selecting a custom percentage for text and icon scaling could result in display issues within other applications that use those scaling settings.

Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, and 8 users

Tip: While on the Windows desktop screen, you can hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and scroll up and down with the mouse wheel to increase and decrease the size of your icons.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, click Appearance and Personalization (must be using the Category view option).
  3. In the Appearance and Personalization window, in the Display section, click the Make text and other items larger or smaller option.
  4. In the Change the size of all items section, drag the bar towards Larger to make text and icons larger.

If you do not want everything larger, in the Change only the text size section, select Icons in the first drop-down list, then increase the font size or make the text bold for easier reading.

Windows appearance and personalization display

Microsoft Windows XP users

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, double-click Display.
  3. In the Display window, click the Appearance tab.
  4. On the Appearance tab, click the Effects button.
  5. If Effects check the "Use large icons" option and click Ok.

Microsoft Windows 2000, NT ME, 98, 95 users

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, double-click Display.
  3. In the Display window, click the Effects tab.
  4. On the Effects tab, check the "Use large icons" option and click Ok.

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