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How to Make Everything on Your Screen Bigger in Windows 8


Previously, we showed you how you can increase the size of the font in the Title bar, now we are back to show you how you can increase the size of everything on your screen.

Making Everything on Your Screen Bigger

Increasing the size of every element on your screen is done through the Metro Control Panel. To get there, press the Win + I keyboard combination and select Change PC Settings from the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.


When the Metro Control Panel opens, head over to the Ease of Access section.


On the right-hand side you will see an option to “Make everything on your screen bigger”, move the slide over to the right to activate it.


That’s all there is to it, if you ever want to go back to normal, all you have to do is switch the slider back to the left.


Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 06/17/12

Comments (9)

  1. buletbro

    Everything in Windows 8 is ugly enough without making it bigger. I think this girlyman operating system will go the way of Vista.I’ve tried using the last preview version of Windows 8 and found it to be unintuitive, confusing and ugly. I’ve tried several tweaks to try to make it look and feel like Windows 7 and it still turned out ugly. I don’t understand what the fascination is with this Metro garbage and charms are. It seems to me,Microsoft is coming out with this garbage system to make a fortune on it then in about a year scrap it and come out with Windows 9, just like they did with Vista.

  2. Anybodysguess

    As if those “metro” rectangles aren’t big enough already!

  3. spike

    if you ppl don’t like win8, why are you reading articles about it? it has it’s place; of course it isn’t for everyone. don’t you think speed is worth something?

  4. Anonymous


    I too hate (H8) Microsoft’s (M$) new OS! You’re absolutely right about it being unintuitive and ugly. But look again. It’s designed for completely stupid users on the latest crave of technology – tablets. That’s why it will probably succeed beyond everyone’s wildest dreams. After all, Apple can’t be allowed to corner the market. So you better get used to it.

    Oh! And if you think anyone in the Linux crowd will actually step up and provide a OS that isn’t constantly messed with or laughed at (albeit mostly by Microsoft and Apple), think again. Linux may be a great alternative for the geeks and techo pawns, but when you look at it in terms of an alternative OS for the general consumer then it’s pretty clear that Linux (in every distro) is a train wreck.

  5. buletbro

    In reply to spike.
    I read all the articles in how-to geek, as for the speed of Windows 8 being work something ( HA HA ) Wait until you install a few apps and Microsoft fills it up with patches, bug fixes and up dates and it’s all bloated like Vista, then get back to me and tell me how fast Windows 8 is.

  6. spike

    @buletbro: Have you tried this yourself? Vista never booted that fast. If you know how to maintain a computer, it won’t slow down. I’ve proven this with win7, installed (a lot more than) a few apps, had it for ages, keep patches up-to-date, and it still boots/logs on in under 35 secs. Win8 is faster by design, partly because of the metro look being discussed, dumping aero, which is a resource hog, etc. (I’m not only talking about boot speed here)

    Thanks, HTG, for providing tips on win8, people in IT know they need to learn it as they will soon be supporting it in commercial environments.

  7. Kathleen

    Hey, all you bashers out there, it’s different that does not mean it’s bad.

    As an instructor in adult education environment, I see it as the first Msoft OS that might actually be FUN for the home user for a change.

    On the business side of things – What were they thinking!

  8. Matthew

    I am perfectly happy running Win 7 PRO on one computer and Ubuntu Studio on another. In September, I will be purchasing my first Macbook Pro with OS X Mountain Lion as a requirement for my University’s Graphic Communications program. I am more than happy to use and explore these three systems, but from a purely aesthetic perspective (as a designer), I wouldn’t touch Windows 8 with a ten foot pole.

  9. Jackrabbit

    I’ve been using Windows 8 for a few weeks. It’s the same thing as Windows 7, except that it boots way faster, runs a bit faster, has more built-ins (like better multi-monitor support) and they got rid of that really annoying/slow start menu and replaced it with something that is visually different (THE HORROR!) that works better and faster. As a desktop user, on my desktop machine I almost never see Metro. And when I do it’s pleasant. All they did was add a new full screen mode/platform and reworked the start menu.

    Full screen apps are not for most desktop users. Desktop apps are not for most tablet users. But being able to support either/or is a good thing, not a bad thing.

    Did you all get this pissy/elitist when we went from single clicking to double clicking? Or right clicking for context menus? Or is it just the anonymity of the internet that brings it out in you? Things change. Most of the time they get better, while most people feel like it gets worse. Vista was an oddball that was actually quite a fine OS that microsoft sort of dropped the ball with only by not including outside developers early on in the process – (the OS was mostly fine, but largely unsupported.) Since then they have brought developers and consumers in VERY early and many attribute Windows 7’s success to that.

    Also, I know all companies are all evil except for Apple, but I doubt a large company would push out crap on purpose just to make a few bucks. It may happen from time to time, but not on purpose. Especially with the tech media all falsely agreeing that this is a MAKE OR BREAK OS for Microsoft.

    Are you all 15 years old? Just shut the heck up please, and go back to complaining, and then immediately forgetting about how much you hate Facebook’s new timeline view.

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