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How do I reduce the size of icons on my Ubuntu (GNOME) desktop? All the icons are too big since I am using a 12.1" laptop so it looks horrible.

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

two solutions i know of -

  1. right click the icon, select Stretch Icon...

  2. Open a terminal

    type nautilus (this open a file browser)

    Edit -> Preferences -> Icon View Defaults and select the size you like

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no need to open a terminal; type Alt+F2 to run the commandline, or just open one of the entries on the Places menu (Home Folder is a good choice). the Edit -> Preferences... directions are correct tho. – quack quixote May 13 '10 at 19:59

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