Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Enable Large Icons
Enable Large Icons
Application or file icons are a very common touch target, so making them larger
and easier to hit will go a long way toward improving the user experience.
Enlarging them requires just a few clicks, but is slightly different depending
on where the icons are located.
Desktop Interface
Desktop icons are the easiest to change and I already covered this once, so
I’m just going to quickly review. Right-click the desktop, select View, and then
select Large, Medium, or Small Icons. If you have a scroll mouse you can hold
down Ctrl on your keyboard and scroll the wheel on your mouse up for even
more control.
File Explorer
File Explorer natively has a number of views available that are great for touch,
but they are not enabled by default. On my tablet devices, I like to set the default
view to Large Icons, which provides helpful large touch targets that make
selecting what I want very easy. Follow these steps to set Large Icons as your default
view for all drives, files, and folders:
1. Open File Explorer and navigate to any drive or folder.
2. Click the View ribbon tab.
3. In the Layout section, select Large Icons.
4. Also on the View ribbon tab, click Options on the far right.
5. Click the View tab of the Folder Options window.
6. Click Apply To All Folders.
7. Click Yes on the confirmation window.
8. Click OK to close Folder Options and your change is active.
Skinning Windows 8
Skinning Windows 8 is all about changing the look of the entire user interface
with the help of third-party utilities and visual styles that enable you to make
massive alterations to the look of Windows 8. By skinning Windows, it is possible
to change the appearance completely and make it look like a different
operating system, such as OS X, or something even more exotic. In the next sections, I
show how you can use hacked visual styles as well as the lead skinning utility,
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