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Anonymous
February 6, 2005 2:41:04 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

The icons in their toolbar lost their resolution. They are very blocky now.
Don't know how it happened! I googled this and all I could find were people
telling you how to make your icons smaller. This isn't my problem b/c they
didn't change size at all. I went ahead and tried these ideas anyway
(choosing Small Icons as well as going to Advanced Settings for the
desktop). Nothing works. The weird thing is that some programs have icons in
their dropdown menus and I just noticed that these resolution on these are
bad also. Somehow there must be some type of setting which determines the
icon resolution. Again, this is not a size problem - strictly resolution.
Its like what happens when you look at a low resolution picture on zoom. The
edges go from being smooth to being blocky.

Any ideas?

Thanks.
Anonymous
February 10, 2005 11:28:51 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

On Sat, 5 Feb 2005 23:41:04 -0800, Brian Bischof wrote:

> The icons in their toolbar lost their resolution. They are very blocky now.
> Don't know how it happened! I googled this and all I could find were people
> telling you how to make your icons smaller. This isn't my problem b/c they
> didn't change size at all. I went ahead and tried these ideas anyway
> (choosing Small Icons as well as going to Advanced Settings for the
> desktop). Nothing works. The weird thing is that some programs have icons in
> their dropdown menus and I just noticed that these resolution on these are
> bad also. Somehow there must be some type of setting which determines the
> icon resolution. Again, this is not a size problem - strictly resolution.
> Its like what happens when you look at a low resolution picture on zoom. The
> edges go from being smooth to being blocky.
>
> Any ideas?

Display> Settings: Is Color Quality set to 16- or 32-bit? Either one of
those should show the XP style icons (fuller resolution).

Also in the registry editor check the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics
The value shown should be 16. Edit if necessary.

One more place to check is Display> Appearance Tab. Click the Advanced
button and choose Icon from the drop-down list. The default size is 32.

All changes should be immediate. If not, log off and then log back on
again.

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Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User
March 14, 2008 1:46:11 PM

Desktop properties > Settings > Advanced

Is DPI set above 96? Setting DPI above the normal is like using a magnifying lens, so your icons appear blockier because you're looking at them at larger than their intended resolution.

If you change this, you'll need to reboot before changes take effect.
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