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My desktop icons change to huge size automatically

All of a sudden my desktop icons will change from normal size to huge - with a half dozen icons taking up an entire 21'' monitor screen! No idea why this is happening. Can anyone help with this?

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  • mjmci Mar 07, 2009

    I'm running Windows XP

  • mjmci Mar 08, 2009

    So far the solution offered do not help. This problem goes away when I reboot, but returns again if the computer is left on for awhile. I'll come back to a screen with huge icons making programs unusable unless I reboot again. I'd appreciate any help in how to fix this. Thanks.

  • Shakeel Muradali
    Shakeel Muradali May 11, 2010

    What version of Windows are you runing? XP or Vista?

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Please check the display settings for screen resolution and set it to the optimal value as per your monitor....

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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    Saroj Sharma Mar 09, 2009

    if the settings do not retail please uninstall restart and reinstall the updated video drivers again

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Right click on the desktop and click on properties to get to the display properties. Select the appearance tab and there should be an option for icon size. In some versions, you need to click on the settings tab and properties to set the icon size.

Please let me know if this solves the problem

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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    Shakeel Muradali Mar 08, 2009

    Do you have a screen saver that activates when you leave the machine alone for a while?



    It seems the screen saver changes your sreen resolution or icon size when activated but does not change it back. Please check that and revert...

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Right click and select view, then hit the classic view
your icons should get smaller

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Right click on the desktop go to properties or personalize then settings then change the bit and click apply to see the priview if it is happening next time again so there is a virus then

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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