Show, hide, or resize desktop icons

Here's how to show icons, hide them, or change their size in Windows.

To show or hide desktop icons

Right-click (or press and hold) the desktop, point to View, and then select Show desktop icons to add or clear the check mark.

Show desktop icons

Note: Hiding all the icons on your desktop doesn't delete them, it just hides them until you choose to show them again.

To resize desktop icons 

Right-click (or press and hold) the desktop, point to View, and then select Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons.

Tip: You can also use the scroll wheel on your mouse to resize desktop icons. On the desktop, press and hold Ctrl while you scroll the wheel to make icons larger or smaller.

For information on how to show or hide individual Windows icons, see Find the Recycle Bin.

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