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Questions about sizing and arranging icons

Apr 1, 2018 8:09PM PDT

In the old days you could go to any folder and select Help and it would tell you "About Windows" and you could bring up the start menu, right click on My Computer, select Properties... (that's all just basic stuff about trying to figure out exactly what version...)

Now I'm trying to learn about Windows 10 and would like to be able to have small icons in all folders since the new medium icons are so much bigger than "Icons" used to be, and just align them to grid so they can be placed wherever I want to put them. Is that impossible with Windows 10? Or is there some simple way of arranging them the way we want to that I've been too stupid to figure out? When I select small icons it puts them in 2 verticle rows and I want them placed horizontally so I can move them wherever I want to and just have them snap to the grid. And have it that way in all folders. Is that too much to ask of Windows 10?

Thank you for any help with this!
David

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The default is already on a grid
Apr 1, 2018 9:24PM PDT

But Microsoft never implemented a solid fix to get the icons to stay in position. That's something Stardock Fences adds.

As to Icon size, move the mouse to an open spot of the desktop and click once. Now hold down the control button and roll the mouse wheel to size the icons as you want.

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Apr 2, 2018 6:28PM PDT

It didn't work for me, but now that you mention it the desktop icons are the size I like them and I can arrange them the way I want to. I can't do it in any folders though I'd love to be able to do it in all of them... Is there an option to have all folder icons the size and behave like the desktop icons?

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repy ps
Apr 2, 2018 6:32PM PDT

My mistake... it did work but only for the desktop, not in a folder.

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I'm on Windows 10.
Apr 2, 2018 6:44PM PDT

I started up Windows File Explorer (WFE) and used the same as the desktop to resize. I held down the control key and scrolled up. WFE Went through all the views and even showed different icon sizes along the way.

Give that a whirl.

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Apr 6, 2018 8:39PM PDT

Thank you that did work for WFE and also for the desktop. Do you know if there's a way to apply it to all folders also?

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Sorry but
Apr 6, 2018 9:15PM PDT

I'm not going to test this here. I'll have to wait for a guinea pig machine to look at views and apply to all folders. I have yet to find thorough document on WFE so while I think I showed we can change the view I won't have a test machine for some time. But you can try it.

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