A cat slept on the keyboard and all my desktop icons are now looking like in the picture : Three lines of text description to the right of the image. How can I fix it to see the normal behavior ( one line below the picture) ?

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Edit: Ctrl + Mouse Wheel doesn't help

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    If a malicious cat is allowed to sleep on the keyboard, it's not your computer anymore ;) – Mario Trucco Jan 5 '16 at 15:10
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    +1 for identifying "a cat slept on the keyboard" as cause of the problem. – dr01 Jan 5 '16 at 15:28
  • I am debating if I should tag this with cat – Burgi Jan 6 '16 at 13:46
  • Possible duplicate of How can I keep my cat off my keyboard... :P – angussidney Jan 10 '16 at 2:00
  • @angussidney Probably should say "related"? Actually I didn't know this lifehacks stackexchange existed and thanks for the link. – xji Jan 10 '16 at 4:45

I'm not sure how your cat managed it, as the keyboard shortcut to do this is Ctrl + Shift + 8 I believe.

However, to put it back to normal, right click anywhere on the desktop, click view, followed by any option, EG Medium Icons.

EDIT: As there has been some interest, CTRL + SHIFT + number produces different views when used on any folder, including the Windows Desktop.

  1. Extra Large Icons
  2. Large Icons
  3. Medium Icons
  4. Small Icons
  5. List View
  6. Details
  7. Tiles
  8. Content

Tested working in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows Servers 2012 and 2016 (Hotkey may vary between editions, as it's reported to be Ctrl + Alt on Windows Server 2016 TP4 (Simplified Chinese))

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    Wow, I didn't know that you can have detailed view in the desktop (Ctrl+Shift+6 in my Windows 10)! – aff Jan 4 '16 at 9:10
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    windows 7 doesn't seem to support this – Boris Callens Jan 4 '16 at 12:32
  • I didn't know either! Awesome. +1 because I learned something new. – LPChip Jan 4 '16 at 12:59
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    Ctrl+Alt+8 on my Windows Server 2016 TP4 (Simplified Chinese) – jingyu9575 Jan 5 '16 at 8:53
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    Never underestimate what a cat can do to your equipment. My father's cat managed to remove some keys from the laptop's keyboard. – dr01 Jan 5 '16 at 15:31

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