By default, Windows 10 desktop icons are displayed in Medium size, but the size can be changed according to the user’s preference. If you think your desktop icons are too large or small for you, or if your desktop icons are accidently enlarged or reduced, you can readjust the size of the icons based on your own requirements. Now this post will show you how to adjust desktop/taskbar icon size in Windows 10.

Part 1: How to adjust the size of desktop icons in Windows 10

There are two ways.

Way 1: using mouse wheel

Step 1: Make sure you are on the desktop.

If your desktop are covered with some opened windows/dialogs, minimize or close any opened window/dialog, or right click on the taskbar and select ”Show the desktop”, so that your mouse pointer can locate on the desktop.

Step 2: Scroll the mouse wheel while pressing and holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard to change/adjust the size of the desktop icons. Scrolling the mouse wheel up will enlarge the icons and scrolling the mouse wheel down will reduce the icons. Stop scrolling the mouse wheel until the desktop icons are as large as you want.

croll mouse wheel

Way 2: through desktop right-click menu

Right click on any blank area of Windows 10 desktop, then point to View in the context menu, and from the sub menu you can select ”Large icons”, ”Medium icons”, or ”Small icons” option to adjust the size of the desktop icons.

Select Large, Medium, or Small icons

Additional tip: If you want to separately adjust the size of the text displaying under the desktop icons, do as follows.

Step 1: Open Windows 10 Control Panel, and then go to Appearance and Personalization > Display.

Step 2: On the Display pane, locate the ”Change only the text size” section, select Icons from the drop-down menu, select your desired text size, and then click Apply.

change text size of desktop icons

Step 3: The ”Please wait” screen should display. After a short wait, the text size of desktop icons is changed as your desire.

The above two methods allow you to adjust the size of icons on the desktop, but they can’t change the size of icons on the taskbar. If you want to adjust the size of the icons on your taskbar, do as follows.

Part 2: How to adjust the size of taskbar icons in Windows 10

Step 1: Right click on the taskbar and then select Properties from the menu.

Step 2: On the ”Taskbar and Start Menu Properties” dialog, select the Taskbar tab, tick the ”Use small taskbar buttons” checkbox, and then click ”Apply”. This will make the icons on the taskbar smaller.

Use small taskbar buttons