I just upgraded to 18.04 from 16.04. I am using gnome-shell, gnome-ubuntu-desktop. After upgrading the icon size on desktop are very large.

icon size

I am unable to find my option to decrease the size in preferences. How do I decrease it?

  • Best answer: askubuntu.com/a/118672/327339 – Gabriel Staples Sep 11 '19 at 7:14
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    @GabrielStaples I believe the option has been moved from there at least for Nautilus 3.26.4 which is the default file manager in Ubuntu 18.04. – Kulfy Sep 11 '19 at 15:47
  1. Open Files (aka Nautilus)
  2. Grid view: Change your icon view from "list" to "grid" first by clicking the button next to the hamburger menu.


  3. Zoom out: Click on the hamburger menu (three-horizontal-lined button at top-right) and decrease the icon size by clicking the "zoom out" button (or Ctrl+-).

This should also reduce the size of the icons in your desktop.


You can also resize icons by right clicking on each icons and select resize. Then you resize it up to a certain allowed minimum.

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    Neat... even though this answer doesn't really help the OP's issue as well as the accepted answer, I really like this feature. – Johano Fierra Jun 8 '18 at 0:09

In case you have a wheel mouse

Open Nautilus and click on the show directory as symbols icon (middle of the button on the top-right of nautilus's window) an press Ctrl+Scroll Mouse up/down.

  • Thank you! ... how to disable that keybinding? – user1133275 Sep 11 '18 at 18:00

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