Desktop icons and font changed itself?

Hi, I just had a problem where when I booted my computer, all my desktop icons were rearranged and smaller, and all my font was smaller. This includes the time and date at the bottom, as well as things in internet browsers. Everything else is to scale though. If it is any help, I have my laptop plugged into my tv through an HDMI cable, but I never had a problem like this before. Any ideas?

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Last updated June 25, 2019 Views 11,847 Applies to:

​Hi George,


This Desktop icon and fonts issue, normally occurs when there is any settings gets changed or it may also cause due to the cache file that contains a copy of the icons for desktop objects may be damaged. I would like to know some information about the issue so that we could assist you better.
1. have you made any changes to the computer prior to this issue?
2. Do you get any error code or error message while startup?
3. What is the make and model number of the computer?


I would suggest you to try resetting the icon cache and then if that does not help then rebuild icon cache.

To Reset Icon cache follow the below mentioned steps –

1. Right click on empty area of the desktop and click on Personalize.

2. Click on the Display Properties link.

3. Under Colors, select Medium (16-bit) and click on Apply. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you already have Medium (16-bit) selected, then select Highest (32-bit) instead. Sometimes you will need to do a restart first, then proceed to step 4. Try both ways.

    A) Click yes to confirm the new settings.

4. Now, select Highest (32-bit) and click on OK.
NOTE: If you already have Highest (32-bit) selected, then select Medium (16-bit) instead.

    A) Click on Yes to confirm the new settings.

To Rebuild icon cache follow the below mentioned steps -

1. Open Folder Options to select (dot) Show hidden files and folders.

2. Open a Windows Explorer window.

3. Go to C:\Users\(User Name)\AppData\Local
4. Right click on IconCache.db and click on Delete.

5. Click on Yes to confirm the deletion.
NOTE: This deletes the file to the Recycle Bin. It is safe to empty the Recycle Bin when finished.

6. Close the window.

7. Empty the Recycle Bin.

8. Restart the computer.

9. When you go back, you will notice the Size of the IconCache.db file is smaller, and the Date Modified is now the current date. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If for some reason IconCache.db is not there or the size has not changed much, then just restart the computer again. You may need to restart a couple of times in some cases.

10. The icon cache has been rebuilt.


Please reply with more information about the issue, so that we could help you better.

Basith M
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