Change desktop icons view in Windows 10 to Details and List view

On your Windows desktop, we place icon shortcuts to our oft-accessed programs, files and folders. While the default icons view is that they are displayed as icons in Medium size, there are other ways too, that icons can be displayed. Today, lets have a look at how we can change desktop icons view in Windows 10 to Large, Small, and even Details and List view – as they appear in File Explorer in Windows 10.

When you right-click on the Windows desktop, select View, you will see 3 options, Large icons, Medium icons and Small icons.

desktop-icons

Change desktop icons view in Windows 10

Apart from there 3 view, you can also display the desktop icons in List & Details view, as we display our files and folders in File Explorer. Let us see each of these 5 views.

Medium icons view

This is the default setting as shown below, and what you see on your desktop.

Change desktop icons view medium

Large icons view

To make the icons larger, display Large icons from the context menu.

Change desktop icons view large

Small icons view

To make the icons smaller, display Small icons from the context menu.

Change desktop icons view small

Bonus Tip: Hold down the Ctrl key and use your mouse scroll wheel to quickly resize the icons from Small to Extra large.

List view

To display the icons as a List, press Ctrl+Shift+0+8 keys. To revert, right-click on desktop and select Medium icons view.

Change desktop icons view list

Display view

To display the icons in Details view, press Ctrl+Shift+6 keys. You will see the same columns here which are displayed in your File Explorer.

Yoga Surya J adds in the comments: You can press Ctrl + Shift + (0 till 9) for more variations.

To revert, right-click on desktop and select Medium icons view.

Change desktop icons view windows 10

If you want to add more columns here, you can change the folder details to display. You can open any folder, right-click near the column titles and select the other columns like Authors, categories, Tags, Titles, Date created, etc.

explorer columns

If you want to display an innovative desktop, take a look at some of these posts:

  1. Run Screensaver as Wallpaper in Windows
  2. Display interactive webpage as wallpaper
  3. Make your Screensaver display CPU, RAM, disk activity, etc.

See this if you can’t place icons on the bottom row of the desktop in Windows 10.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.