How do I make my Windows icons appear larger?

Updated: 04/26/2017 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. 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 size of items section, click the use these display settings link.
  5. In the Customize your display window, move the slider to the right in the Change the size of text, apps, and other items section.

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 Control Panel, click Appearance and Personalization.
  4. In the Appearance and Personalization window, in the Display section, click the Make text and other items larger or smaller option.
  5. 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.

Additional information

  • See our icon definition for further information and related links on this term.