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Lev Bishop lev.bishop@yale.edu
Mon Jun 2 16:41:00 GMT 2003


Harold wrote:
> Microsoft never comes right out and says what bloody size *all* icons
> are supposed to be in the various places in Windows. The nearest I have
> ever been able to find is the following:

So from what I understand there are 4 sizes used by windows.  
"{system|shell} {small|large}". For our purposes we only care about the
"system" sizes. ("shell small" is used in explorer and shell dialogs,
"shell large" on the desktop and one or other of these goes on the start 

"System small" is what gets used for window titlebars & the system tray 
and *the user can change it* at will by configuring the "caption buttons" 
size in the "advanced" dialog of "display properties"->"appearance".

"System large" is what goes in the alt-tab dialog, and the size is 
determined *by your video driver*. Possibly that gets changed depending on 
the "dpi" setting of the video driver, I'm not sure.

You can find out the current settings for these system sizes using 

Here's one msdn doc:



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