tech tips for writers

Tech Tip for Writers #70:Make your desktop icons Big or Little

tech tips for writers

The tech side of writing

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: Somehow, my desktop icons got tiny (or huge). I’ve checked all the icon properties, but no joy. How do I fix that?

A:  I had to learn this one because students messed up the lab desktops. I don’t think they meant to, just did it while doing something else and didn’t know how to undo.

Here’s what you do:

  • click and drag a box around all the icons that are sized wrong on the desktop
  • Push Ctrl while you scroll the mouse wheel up or down. You’ll see the selected group get bigger or smaller.
  • Stop when they’re the size you like.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a K-6 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, creator of two technology training books for middle school and six ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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