Change Start Menu to Use Small Icons in Windows 7 or Vista

Windows Vista uses large icons by default in the start menu, and it hides the setting for small icons pretty well. No matter, we’ve located it. (Thankfully Windows 7 is a bit easier)

Changing in Windows 7

Simply right-click on the start menu orb button, choose Properties, then check the box for Use Small Icons on the Taskbar tab:

Changing in Windows Vista

Right click on the start button, and select Properties:

Then click the Customize button:

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Now scroll down all the way to the bottom. You should see a checkbox for Use large icons, which you’ll want to uncheck:

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Ahh, much better, especially if you pin your favorites to the start menu:

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