Change the Size of Vista's Desktop Icons

Ever wish you could change the size of Vista's desktop icons? For example, recent migrants from Windows XP may prefer its smaller icons to Vista's larger ones. On the flipside, if you're running Vista on a TV or ultra-high-resolution monitor, you may want to make the icons larger still.

The option to change icon size is hiding in plain sight. Before I tell you where to find it, a note of caution: If you have your icons organized a particular way, resizing them will probably mess up that order. Obviously you can re-organize them when you're done; I just wanted to spare you the shock and sadness of seeing your icons suddenly messy.

Here's how to resize them:

A few clicks is all it takes to make Vista's desktop icons smaller, like XP's--or really, really big.
1. Right-click in any open area of the desktop (meaning not on a program icon).

2. In the pop-up menu that appears, mouse over View to see your three icon-size choices. Vista's default is Medium. If you want XP-style icons, choose Classic Icons. For super-big icons, choose Large Icons.

Tricky, huh? So let me throw out the obvious question: How do you like your icons? Big? Small? Or juuuuust right?

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