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It is possible to dramatically increase the Finder's icon size, beyond the official 128x128 pixels. I tried it for the Desktop with the following command in Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.finder DesktopViewOptions -dict IconSize -integer 256; killall Finder

You can use any value you want, up to a maximum of 512. Warning! You might see some slowdowns on older machines, at least in OS X 10.5. This is due to the fact that drawing the high-resolution 512x512 icons seems to be hard work for some graphic cards and/or G4 processors.

[robg adds: We actually ran this hint a longgg time ago. However, back then it referenced an article on MacAddict's site, which has since vanished. I thought this would be a good chance to update the hint, especially with 10.5's amazing new 512x512 icons (though you can do this in any version of OS X after the public beta). Click the image at right to get the full-size effect: the icons as seen at 512x512 on a 1280x1024 screen. I am not suggesting that this is a usable size, of course!]
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View giant desktop icons in any version of OS X
Authored by: cargoplex on Nov 06, '07 10:57:14AM
If anyone's interested, feel free to visit my Leopard Icon Web Gallery. I basically attempted to gather every 512x512 icon (136!) that is featured in Leopard and recent Apple software. Enjoy, and feel free to pass around the link.

http://gallery.mac.com/cargoplex/100030

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View giant desktop icons in any version of OS X
Authored by: nmerriam on Nov 06, '07 01:45:22PM

For me the question is how to enlarge icon views in other folders. I just assumed Leopard would allow icon view above 128x128 -- it's just silly with our high-resolution monitors that I can't see more than a postage-stamp sized icon of images in my photo directories. 256x256 would be enough for now, but 512x512 icons will probably be quite reasonable in another couple of years.



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Larger icons in other folders
Authored by: asher on Nov 06, '07 05:43:11PM

second the above request



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View giant desktop icons in any version of OS X
Authored by: jic2000 on Nov 06, '07 02:14:05PM

You can also get rid of the icons altogether if you use a size of 0. I actually like having a simple list of my mounted volumes on the right size of my desktop, without the icons - it looks more streamlined.



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View giant desktop icons in any version of OS X
Authored by: osxpounder on Mar 15, '08 10:01:54AM

In case future readers have come here to find out how to undo or reverse this change:

A simple way that worked for me was to click on the Desktop, choose View Options, and then move the slider that resizes icons. They instantly popped down in size, from 256 X 256 to 128 X 128.

That spared me the trouble of typing the hint's long command line into Terminal with the number 128 substituted for 256. That should also work, but I didn't try it because touching the slider worked for me.



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