Show, hide, or resize desktop icons


The icons on the desktop give you quick access to shortcuts. You can show them all or hide them all, if you prefer a clean desktop. You can also resize them.

Watch this video to learn how to show, hide, or resize desktop icons (1:23)
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To show desktop icons

  • Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click Show desktop icons.

To hide desktop icons

  • Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click Show desktop icons to clear the check mark.

Note

  • Hiding all of 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 the desktop, point to View, and then click Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons.

    Tips

    • 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, such as the icon for Computer or Recycle Bin, see Show or hide common icons on the desktop.



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