Set Details, Content or List view for Desktop icons in Windows 10
Out-of-the-box, Windows 10 gives you only three sizes for Desktop icons: Large, Medium and Small. Although you can resize them using Ctrl+mouse wheel, you can't change them to any view like Explorer. In this article, we will see how to apply any Explorer view to Desktop icons.
As you may already know, you can adjust the Desktop icon size by right clicking the Desktop and choosing an option from the View menu:
An alternative and faster way is to use CTRL+Mouse Wheel trick which we covered in detail here: Tip: Resize icons quickly on the Desktop or in a folder in Windows 10
But a lesser known option in Windows 10 is the ability to switch to any Explorer view, including Details, Content or List view for desktop icons! Here is how it can be done.
- Minimize all opened windows. You can press Win + D shortcut keys on the keyboard to do it quickly.
- Select any icon on the Desktop.
- Now press one of these hotkeys:
Shortcut View Ctrl + Shift + 1 Extra Large Icons Ctrl + Shift + 2 Large Icons Ctrl + Shift + 3 Medium Icons Ctrl + Shift + 4 Small Icons Ctrl + Shift + 5 List Ctrl + Shift + 6 Details Ctrl + Shift + 7 Tiles Ctrl + Shift + 8 Content
You will realize that these are the same hotkeys which can be used in Explorer.
While List, Details, Tiles and Content views are not listed in the Desktop context menu as options, they can be applied to Desktop icons anyway.
See the screenshots below.
This trick also works in Windows 8/8.1 also but not Windows 7.
The following video demonstrates this trick in action:
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Bonus tip: Yet another way to gradually zoom in/zoom out desktop icon sizes is to use our AutoHotkey script which uses CTRL + +/- hotkeys.
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