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.


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, 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.


  1. vasudevG

    Nice tip!

  2. This is the option I am searching where to find an hour ago as my desktop Icons on my laptop looks too small. Your post has helped me to resolve my problem. Thanks for a wonderful post Anand Kanse.

  3. DesertMatt

    Dear Anand,
    Thanks for this post and the very helpful site!
    Now I tried your “tricks” above ctrl-shift-6 and reverted back with show medium icons – but I’m stuck now with a scroll bar on the right of my desktop.
    I found some tips on the internet suggesting to change display resolution – which really removes the scrollbar but leaves me with an unsatisfying resolution (also previously the recommended resolution also worked without any scrollbar).
    Are there any solutions for this problem (regedit etc.)
    appreciate your help
    Thank you very much

  4. Did you restart your computer and see if this cleared?

  5. Yoga Surya J

    Nice tips!
    Plus you can try Ctrl + Shift + (0 till 9) for more variation.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Thanks for this. Updating post.

  7. DesertMatt

    Thanks Anand
    it’s working again (change wallpaper and restart)

  8. Guy Montag

    There are more options! You can ctrl+mousewheel on the desktop to enlarge or reduce the size of items in any view.

  9. G

    Today windows 10 installed updates and this doesn’t seem to work anymore. Can you figure out how to do it now with the updates?

  10. Apparently with the Creators Update of Windows 10, we are no longer allowed to be creative with our desktop and switch it to details view (CTRL+SHIFT+6, for example). If you figure out a way to get around these new limitations, please let us know.

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