How to change the size of desktop icons? I tried gconf-editor as given at How to change desktop icon size? .

I am not getting the option for changing size at app > nautilus > icon_view.

I am using Ubuntu 11.10. Kindly help me in changing default icon size.

I want to make them small.

  • I found this while experiencing a problem with updating to a newer version of nautilus, and this answer did the trick for me – ryanjdillon Aug 2 '16 at 13:46

Right click on the icon, and then you will see an option to resize the icon. At least, in 12.04 it works.

For changing the default icon size: In Nautilus (eg your personal folder) > Edit > Preference > tab Views > under Icon View Default change the Default Zoom level.

But this change the size of all the icons inside Nautilus.

But in Nautilus you can change the icon size in a particular folder by View > Zoom in, to get the normal size of the icon in that folder, and this will be remembered after a restart.


-- Open file explorer
-- Edit > Preperences > Icon View Defaults

Set as you wish.

How to change the default desktop icon size?

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