Changing The Size Of Desktop Items In Windows 8

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The latest Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft shakes up the traditional desktop. In place of the familiar desktop items, the Windows 8 operating system greets the users with a Start screen, animated and colorful tiles that represent everything from apps to the local weather conditions. For the traditional computer users, the desktop is still tucked away in the operating system. Once the user gets to the desktop, the user will get few different options for resizing the items in the desktop that are represented by symbols commonly referred to as icons. The Windows 8 help tips that are shared below will help you to know more on the steps to resize the desktop icons in Windows 8 operating system.


  • Turn on your Windows 8 computer. Click on the Desktop tile on the Windows 8 Start Screen to reach your desktop. If you are having a touch screen computer, you can tap on the tile or just press the Windows and D key on your keyboard together to reach the desktop.
  • Now you can right click on any unoccupied space on the desktop. From the menu that appears, select View to bring up another menu. Select the Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons to resize the desktop icons to any one of these standard options. A black dot near the icon shows your current settings. For example, if the dot is next to Large icons, the desktop icon shown on your computer will be large in size.

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  • To have another icon resizing method, you can press and hold the Ctrl key while on the desktop. While holding down the Ctrl key, you can move the scroll wheel on your mouse to make the icons larger, or move it down to make the desktop icons smaller. Doing this option gives you finer control over the size of the icons than the View method.

These are the simple steps to resize the desktop icons on your computer. The users will also be able to hide and reorganize the desktop icons from the View menu by clicking on options like Auto arrange icons, Show desktop icons or Align icons to grid. The View menu and the scroll wheel methods work in Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems also. If you have any doubts in any of the steps that are discussed below, you can contact the Windows 8 help and support team.