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Icon size on desktop

Why can't I figure out how to change the icon and display screen to normal.  They are huge on my desktop and I have tried everything possible in the Control panel to make the change.  I have a Dell Inspiron E1505.


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Re: Icon size on desktop

Right click on the desktop select properties at the bottom and then the settings tab on the top right then slide the slider from the right to the left until it reads 1024by 768. if this doesn't work right click on my computer select properties then the hardware tab at the top and the device manager button. In the new window if you see any '!' or '?' than you have a hardware or a driver problem. In this case start by visiting the manufacturer's web site and downloading/installing new video drivers.

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Re: Icon size on desktop

Sounds like you are stuck ina lo resolution mode,


 Right click on your desktop (not on an icon)

  in the menu that comes up, choose Properties,


Then go to the settings tab.


if the screen resolution reads 640 x 480,  and you can t change it to higher than that, it is most likely that you need to re-install your graphics drivers (as this is the standard configuration)


download updated drivers from the manufacturer's website.


once downloaded and installed, you should then be able to change the resolution setting.

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