I'd like to increase the font size in Windows Explorer. By default it's very small, and I don't really like that for navigating folders and finding files.

Here's what it looks like by default:

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When I change the font-size to Medium (125%) in Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display:

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(To best see the differences, open the images above in new tabs as they are scaled when shown on this page.)

The problem is that increasing the font size to Medium affects everything, and some things just look very odd at that size, like icon captions, title bars and things like that.

Is there a way to change the font size for Windows Explorer only?

  • AFAIK, the only ways to change it is to change the icon font size for the Windows GUI or the DPI setting. – BrianC Mar 24 '16 at 3:52


  1. Access the Display Properties dialog box by right-clicking the desktop and selecting the Properties command.
  2. Select the Appearance tab and click the Advanced button.
  3. Select the "Icon" entry from the Item drop-down list.
  4. Use the Font drop-down arrow to select a font from the list.
  5. Click OK twice — once to close the Advanced Appearance dialog box and once to close the Display Properties dialog box.

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