How Can I Make the Start Menu Smaller?

by Hunter Taylor

The Start Menu is the point at which most Windows users access their computer's applications and programs. When the Start Menu is opened, it can cover the desktop icons on the leftmost part of the screen. Learn how to make the Start Menu smaller.

Go to the Microsoft icon in the lower left-hand corner of the taskbar.

Right-click on the Microsoft icon.

Click on "Properties."

Click on the "Customize" button of the Start Menu tab.

Scroll down to the "Use large icons" checkbox; the list is in alphabetical order. Uncheck the box.

Click "Ok" then click "Apply."

Click "Ok."


  • check Steps similar to those above can be taken to make the menu smaller in Windows XP and Vista.

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About the Author

Hunter Taylor has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has authored articles for the "The Social Contract Journal," as well as newspapers, legislative magazines and e-newsletters for state legislators and organizations. Taylor holds a Master of Business Administration from Shorter University.

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