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Enabling large icons on the desktop

Enabling large icons on the desktop
Windows XP has support for larger and more colorful icons than any other previous Windows version. The support for high-quality graphics is one of the reasons why Windows XP looks so much better than previous versions of Windows. This section will show you how to take advantage of the new graphical enhancements to make your desktop look cool.

Two different sizes of icons are used on the Windows XP desktop. The normal size for icons in Windows XP is 32 _ 32 pixels.Windows XP also has support for larger icons, which are 48 _ 48 pixels. Figure 3-3 shows the difference in size between the two icons. Use of the larger icons will not only help your vision but will also make your desktop look more visually pleasing, because the larger icons are more detailed.

I recommend that you turn the large icons on, to see how you like it. If you have a large monitor, chances are that you will love the large icons. Some of you, however, may not like them because they take up more space than the smaller icons and decrease the amount of icons that can fit on your desktop. Although this is a tradeoff, I feel the high-resolution icons are worth it.To get started, follow these steps:

1. Right-click the desktop and select Properties.

2. Click the Appearance tab and then click the Effects button.

3. Check the Use Large Icons box.

4. Click OK to save your changes.

5. Click the OK button again to close display properties.

The large icons should be displayed immediately after the change. You will notice that some other icons will also enlarge. This is a side effect of using this tip, because it is impossible to adjust just the size of the icons on the desktop. However, only the icons that you see when you browse your computer and use the Control Panel are slightly larger. None of the other icons are changed.

To revert to the normal-sized icons, just repeat the preceding step and uncheck Use Large Icons.

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