One thing which really annoys me about the Vista desktop is the size of the icons. Perhaps I’m too used to Windows XP, but the icon size on XP seemed perfect
Not only does Vista’s icon size make me think that they’re providing a visual aid in my dotage, but icons to any third-party apps are instantly stretched too far, looking ugly and pixelated.
Well, the answer is surprisingly simple – go the desktop, hold down CTRL and scroll the mouse wheel up or down. Down makes the icons smaller, up enlarges them.
You can make the icons so small that they’re of little practical use, or so large that they should come with a pair of clown shoes to complete the package.
And while you’re thinking about desktop icons, right-click on the desktop and select Properties. Choose “Change desktop icons” in the top left corner.
Here, you can add back in all the useful icons like Computer and User’s Files. You can also change any of the icons – highlight an icon, select “Change icon” and navigate to the file with the icons you’re after.
# 12th June 2007
# James Bannan
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