Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fix It: Changing the size of the icons of Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10


This hack does NOT work in Internet Explorer 11 (IE11).

Ignore this bit. This is to help people find stuff faster using "ctrl" F. This is just a list of keywords. Size, icon, Internet Explorer 9, bigger, smaller, big, menu.

This "fix it" article will attempt to enlarge the size of the command bar in Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 Unlike Internet Explorer 8, in Internet Explorer 9 and later, there is no easy way to enlarge the icon size.

Is your the icon in your version of Internet Explorer 9 as small as in the below screenshot?

 And do you want to make it large again as in the below screenshot?

Well then I have a solution for you, but it ain't pretty.

You would have to manually edit the registry. Open up registry editor by typing in "regedit". Then navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\CommandBar. After that right click on SmallIcons and select modify. Change the value from 1 to 0 [don't type in this part ("zero")] to renable large icons. Or else, just download the below file zip and merge the included registry key with your registry. The zip file also contains the registry to make your command bar small again.

The file reads:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\CommandBar] "SmallIcons"=dword:00000000

In Internet Explorer 8, to make Command bar icons larger follow the below procedures
  1. Right-click the Command bar
  2. Point to Customize
  3. Click Use Large Icons (after clicking there should be a checkmark in front of it)
To make the icons small, follow this procedure and click Use Large Icons again.