Set Details, Content or List view for Desktop icons in Windows 10

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.

  1. Minimize all opened windows. You can press Win + D shortcut keys on the keyboard to do it quickly.
  2. Select any icon on the Desktop.
  3. 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.

Windows 10 Desktop - Details view.

Windows 10 Desktop - Tiles view.

Windows 10 Desktop - List view.

Windows 10 Desktop - Content view.

Also, you can adjust the icon size for any of these views using the CTRL+Mouse Wheel trick mentioned above. Here is the Details view with adjusted icon size:

This trick also works in Windows 8/8.1 also but not Windows 7.

The following video demonstrates this trick in action:

Tip: You can subscribe to Winaero at YouTube.

Bonus tip: Yet another way to gradually zoom in/zoom out desktop icon sizes is to use our AutoHotkey script which uses CTRL + +/- hotkeys.

That's it.

Support us

Winaero greatly relies on your support. You can help the site keep bringing you interesting and useful content and software by using these options:

If you like this article, please share it using the buttons below. It won't take a lot from you, but it will help us grow. Thanks for your support!

Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

8 thoughts on “Set Details, Content or List view for Desktop icons in Windows 10”

  1. This is not working anymore since W10 Creators Update. I tried many times, and it’s not working anymore. Any help?

  2. As of Nov 29 2017 this NO LONGER WORKS
    it stops at #4… #5 and up do not change the settings, and honestly, that BLOWS
    anyone have a solution to this???

  3. While not as flexible as this method the tiny application deskview lets you display icon text in a list-like format.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Exit mobile version
Using Telegram? Subscribe to the blog channel!
Hello. Add your message here.