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Adjusting the scale of Icons and Fonts for Windows 11

To adjust the size of your desktop icons as well as your text size on Windows 11, as well as please follow these steps:

  1. Get to your Display Settings. This can be done by either right-clicking anywhere on the desktop, or navigating to Settings>System>Display.

    1. You can also get to your settings by clicking the windows icon in the taskbar, then the settings gear:

  2. If you have two or more displays (such as a laptop screen and an additional external monitor), you can select a Display at the top of the screen by clicking one of the boxes. Whichever display you select here will be where your scale settings apply.

  3. Scroll down on the Display settings page to ‘Scale and Layout’; here, you can choose 4 different sizes for your icons. The default for ThinkPads is 150%. The default for the standard monitors is 100%.

    1. Click the box containing “150%” to open a drop-down menu, where you can select 100%, 125%, or 175% scaling. If you want more specifically-sized or even larger icons than what’s provided here, please continue to the next step.

  4. To set a more specific scaling, or to surpass the 175% scaling limit, click anywhere on the ‘Scale’ box to open the ‘Custom Scaling’ menu.

    1. Here, you can type in a custom scaling if desired, but it must be in the 100%-500% range. When you’re done typing, click the checkmark next to the textbox to apply it.

    2. You can additionally change your text size; clicking the ‘Text size’ box in the ‘Related Settings’ section box will send you to Accessibility>Text Size, which will allow you to resize your text anywhere from 100% (the default) to 225%. When you’ve made your selection, click ‘apply’.

    3. This page additionally lets you change your refresh rate and manage how your GPU handles specific applications that can utilize it, but they can be ignored and are not used to scale anything in Windows 11.