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

By Lowell Heddings on January 13th, 2007

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:

taskbarproperties.png

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

taskbarproperties2.png

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

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/13/07
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