Increase the Size of Mac OS X Desktop Icons

Mar 16, 2011 - 5 Comments


It’s really easy to increase the size of the icons that appear on the Mac OS X desktop or Finder by using an adjustable slider.

  • Click on the Mac OS X desktop
  • Hit Command+J or pull down the View menu and select “Show View Options”
  • Use the slider to indicate icon size

Bonus: for those with multitouch trackpads, you can also use a reverse pinch motion after clicking on the desktop and the icon sizes will grow.

Icon sizes are increased and decreased on the fly so you can see exactly what they will look like. If the size still isn’t big enough, you can make the icons huge using the Terminal, up to 512×512 pixels.

This is great to do if you’re setting up a Mac for a kid, someone who is visually impaired, or even for someone whose computer skills are not particularly advanced.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Anthony says:

    I think the bigger icons just look better, as long as you don’t clutter up the desktop.

  2. Coyote says:

    You can click on the Desktop or any Finder windows and pinch to zoom or shrink icons.

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