How to Make Window 8’s Desktop More Touch Friendly

Enlarged Icons are More Touch Friendly

Though Windows 8’s new “Modern” UI  is designed for touch screen devices, tablet users will find themselves dragging windows around the desktop whether they like it or not. Because Windows 8 still launches many of its core functions, including file management and the control panel, on the desktop, slate users will need to enter that  touch-unfriendly environment on a regular basis.

Every time users pop in a USB key and copies files off of it, they will need to use Windows Explorer to drag the file icons from one folder to another. By default, many of these are icons are so tiny that even a child’s finger can’t target them accurately. However, by tweaking some settings, you can enlarge the icons and text in Explorer and the rest of the desktop environment.

  1. Right click on the desktop and select Screen Resolution. A settings box appears.
    Select Screen Resolution
  2. Click Make text and other items larger or smaller.
     Screen Resolution Settings Menu
  3. Select Medium, Large (if avail) or custom sizing options under Change the size of all items. You may want to enlarge your next icons to a full 150 percent, depending on the size of your screen.
    Change the size of items
  4. Log out and log back in.
    Log out
  5. Select Large icons in Windows Explorer’s view menu for all the major libraries: Documents, Pictures, Music and Video.
    The click large setting for all libraries
  6. Select the C drive in Windows Explorer and click Large icons on its view menu.
    Click Large view on the C drive
  7. Click Options. A Folder Options dialog box appears.
    Click options
  8. Click Apply to Folders under the View tab then click Yes in the dialog box that appears. This will make sure that all file folders have the same large icon setting as the C drive folder.
    Folder options
Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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