Vista: Return Icons to the Smaller Classic XP Size

   Posted May 29, 2006 by David Kirk in Microsoft Vista

The icons in vista seem huge. Here is how to shrink them back to their pre-vista size.

Bring back Classic Icon Sizes In Vista:

1. Right-click on a unused area of the desktop
2. Pick View
3. Select Classic Icons

Even more interesting is this little shortcut…

Hold the CTRL key and scroll up and down on your scrollwheel on you mouse. You can size the icons however you wish!


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • BillGates

    thanks alot..

  • Vyro

    Wow. major help – thanks a lot. I was going crazy thinking my icons were stuck at that big-size because my resolutions maximum on my laptop was 1280×800 – this seriously aided me in my frustration.

  • asdf

    Thanks! Changed it to the 2nd smallest possible size.

  • Scott

    Thank you!!

    this was seriously annoying me because previously I had just made the resolution bigger which made text harder to read.

  • V1

    Scrolling is a Great trick!!!!!!!

    • charlie

      yes, a great trick. Played a little confusion jokes on a co-worker!! hehe

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  • mike

    thanks , i went to 15 microsoft sites and help features and it would not tell me how. This also works with OS7. Thanks

  • Anonymous

    So simple and so close. Thanks

  • Anonymous

    So cool, thanks 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much, I couldn’t stand looking at the icons for another moment!!

  • lianne

    The BEST and SHORTEST tip ever. Thanks for posting it!!!!!

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  • Eric

    Brilliant! Thank you. Especially for the Cntrl Wheel information.

  • Alin

    thx man 🙂

  • liz

    this really helped. Can you help with another problem
    lately when I open my e-mail the fold has a +in front so I have to double click on it then I have to open the inbox.

    Is there a way , simple, to change and keep it the default setting.
    when I open my mail I see:

    cannot display folder, root of an IMAP store whatever that is,the root does not have messages display the folder list and click subfolder.

    If someone thinks this is a message in English, I’m an English teacher and this is Chinese.

    Now I double click the + sign in front of mail folder 2007 Outlook and change it to a minus sign, change the + sign in front of the in box and THEN can read my mail. 

    I used to never have to do this. Someone told me that updates can change things.

    How, please tell me, can I get it so I can just read my mail !!! Gratefully, Liz