Personalization Change Size of Taskbar Icons in Windows 11


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The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons (icons) aligned to the center by default.

You can change the size of taskbar icons to small, medium (default), or large.

This tutorial will show you how to change the size of taskbar icons to small, medium, or large for your account in Windows 11.


Depending on your DPI and screen resolution settings, using small taskbar icons could cause text (clock) on the far right corner of the taskbar to be misaligned.



EXAMPLE: Small, medium, and large taskbar icons

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medium_taskbar_icons.jpg
large_taskbar_icons.jpg




Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (small), step 3 (medium), or step 4 (large) below for what you would like to do.

2 To Change Size of Taskbar Icons to Small

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Change_taskbar_icons_size_to_small_in_Windows_11.bat


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /V TaskbarSi /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

3 To Change Size of Taskbar Icons to Medium

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Change_taskbar_icons_size_to_default_medium_in_Windows_11.bat


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /V TaskbarSi /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

4 To Change Size of Taskbar Icons to Large

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Change_taskbar_icons_size_to_large_in_Windows_11.bat


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /V TaskbarSi /T REG_DWORD /D 2 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

5 Save the .bat file to your desktop.

6 Unblock the .bat file.

7 Run the .bat file

8 You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly opens and closes as the explorer process is restarted to apply the registry changes.

9 You can now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Thank you, sir.

On a related (and troublesome in old Windows 10) topic, is there a way to increase the size of the notification tray icons in W11? They look mighty tiny in your screenshots, and I recall many complaints on the Net that users couldn't find a way to increase the size of those icons.
 

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Thank you, sir.

On a related (and troublesome in old Windows 10) topic, is there a way to increase the size of the notification tray icons in W11? They look mighty tiny in your screenshots, and I recall many complaints on the Net that users couldn't find a way to increase the size of those icons.
I'm only aware of making the notification area icons larger by increasing the DPI scaling level. This of course will make everything larger.
 

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Bummer. I was hoping they'd get around to making those icons independently scalable. OTOH, those icons seldom require r/l clicking, compared to taskbar icons, so having them writ large may not be very important.
 

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Thanks @Brink the Icons look too big @125 DPI and even bigger @150 DPI.
 

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Shawn......Have tried downloading your BAT File without success.
Opened Regedit and changed the DWORD VALUE to 2 as shown....no noticeable difference
 

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Shawn......Have tried downloading your BAT File without success.
Opened Regedit and changed the DWORD VALUE to 2 as shown....no noticeable difference

Hello mate, :-)

It looks like you will need to unblock the download to allow it.

It's required to restart the explorer process to apply after making the registry change.
 

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Hello mate, :)

It looks like you will need to unblock the download to allow it.

It's required to restart the explorer process to apply after making the registry change.
Thanks Shawn.....success.....second option did the job
 

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Just a comment that with a in-place repair installation, the setting previous applied is kept which for me was small and did not revert back to medium. :)
 

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Date & Time become mis-aligned when I use the TaskbarSi DWORD with a value of 0

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Date & Time become mis-aligned when I use the TaskbarSi DWORD with a value of 0

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There was a thread about this within the past few weeks except I couldn't find it after spending some time but basically....
This has been a problem ever since 22000.65 as Microsoft also responded they will not fix it as it's a unsupported registry hack.

 
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This has been a problem ever since 22000.65 as Microsoft also responded they will not fix it as it's a unsupported registry hack.

This is why I am always hesitant to do registry hacks on the user interface. Especially on an operating system in beta.
You never know how long it's gonna be supported.
 

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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
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    Realtek ALC294
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    AU Optronics B156HAN07.1 [15.6" LCD]
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This is why I am always hesitant to do registry hacks on the user interface. Especially on an operating system in beta.
You never know how long it's gonna be supported.
That's why I always include an undo option for those that do try them. :-)
 

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
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    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    HP Spectre x360 2in1
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    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
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    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
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    Intel SST
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    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
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    3840 x 2160
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    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
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    Google Chrome
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    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium

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Ah, ok. Thanks guys :)
Running with default now. A touch annoying because it's huge and gets in the way even with auto-hide :p
 

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    AMD Ryzen 7 7700X
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    Asus B650E E-Gaming WiFi
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    32GB Kingston Fury Beast DDR5 5600 @ 6200
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    XFX SPEEDSTER MERC 310 AMD Radeon™ RX 7900 XTX Black Edition
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    Topping DX3Pro+ DAC into Topping A50S coming through Balanced HiFiMan Edition XS
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung C49RG90
    Screen Resolution
    5120x1440
    Hard Drives
    OS - NVMe Samsung 980 Pro 250GB | Temp/Doc's - SATA Samsung 850 Evo 120GB | Games 1 - NVMe Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB | Games 2 - SATA Samsung 860 Evo 1TB | Games 3 - SATA Samsung 850 Evo 500GB | Storage - SATA Samsung 870 QVO 4TB
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    EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P6, 80 Plus Platinum 1000W
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    Lian Li O11-Dynamic XL
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    Self Build TV & Media Server
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    Intel i9 9900k
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    MSI MEG Z390 ACE
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Ah, ok. Thanks guys :)
Running with default now. A touch annoying because it's huge and gets in the way even with auto-hide :p
There is another way to get the icons small but ofcourse everything else in general will be small, that's to change the dpi scaling.

 

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    Dell XPS 15 9570
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    Intel® Core™ i7-8750H 8th Gen Processor 2.2Ghz up to 4.1Ghz
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    Dell XPS 15 9570
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    32GB using 2x16GB modules
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    Intel UHD 630 & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB DDR5
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    Realtek ALC3266-CG
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    15.6" 4K Touch UltraHD 3840x2160 made by Sharp
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    3840x2160
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    Toshiba KXG60ZNV1T02 NVMe 1024GB/1TB SSD
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    Dell XPS 15 9570
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There is another way to get the icons small but ofcourse everything else in general will be small, that's to change the dpi scaling.

Nice, thanks. I'll check it out :)
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
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    Self Build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 7700X
    Motherboard
    Asus B650E E-Gaming WiFi
    Memory
    32GB Kingston Fury Beast DDR5 5600 @ 6200
    Graphics Card(s)
    XFX SPEEDSTER MERC 310 AMD Radeon™ RX 7900 XTX Black Edition
    Sound Card
    Topping DX3Pro+ DAC into Topping A50S coming through Balanced HiFiMan Edition XS
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung C49RG90
    Screen Resolution
    5120x1440
    Hard Drives
    OS - NVMe Samsung 980 Pro 250GB | Temp/Doc's - SATA Samsung 850 Evo 120GB | Games 1 - NVMe Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB | Games 2 - SATA Samsung 860 Evo 1TB | Games 3 - SATA Samsung 850 Evo 500GB | Storage - SATA Samsung 870 QVO 4TB
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Ok, I followed to DPI tut', changing Win8DpiScaling to 1 and tried LogPixels 72 at first and when that did nothing except telling me "A custom scale factor is set." with the option to "Turn off custom scaling and sign out" in Settings>Display, I tried LogPixels at 48. Still nothing. Tried with Win8DpiScaling 0 as well. Nada.

Seems like they don't want people to use scaling less than 100%.
Oh well. Medium sized get-in-the-way annoying taskbar it is.

So much frustrating cosmetic stuff in Win11. Simple things. And they don't seem to care.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
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    Self Build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 7700X
    Motherboard
    Asus B650E E-Gaming WiFi
    Memory
    32GB Kingston Fury Beast DDR5 5600 @ 6200
    Graphics Card(s)
    XFX SPEEDSTER MERC 310 AMD Radeon™ RX 7900 XTX Black Edition
    Sound Card
    Topping DX3Pro+ DAC into Topping A50S coming through Balanced HiFiMan Edition XS
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung C49RG90
    Screen Resolution
    5120x1440
    Hard Drives
    OS - NVMe Samsung 980 Pro 250GB | Temp/Doc's - SATA Samsung 850 Evo 120GB | Games 1 - NVMe Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB | Games 2 - SATA Samsung 860 Evo 1TB | Games 3 - SATA Samsung 850 Evo 500GB | Storage - SATA Samsung 870 QVO 4TB
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    EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P6, 80 Plus Platinum 1000W
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    Lian Li O11-Dynamic XL
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    CPU - Noctua NH-D15 | Case - 4x Noctua NF-A14 iPPC-3000 + 4x Noctua NF-F12 iPPC 3000
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    Wooting Two
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    Daily - Logitech MX Ergo | Gaming 1 - Razer Viper 8K | Gaming 2 - Razer Deathadder v2
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    Windows Security
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    Self Build TV & Media Server
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    Intel i9 9900k
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    MSI MEG Z390 ACE
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    32GB G.Skill TridentZ 3866 DDR4
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    Palit GTX 1080
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    Shared with System 1
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    OS - NVMe Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB | Storage - SATA Toshiba N300 4TB HDD
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    Seasonic Focus 850 FX Gold
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    Silverstone Temjin TJ-07
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    CPU - Noctua NH-D14 | Case - 6x AccoustiFan 120 Ultra Quiet
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Ok, I followed to DPI tut', changing Win8DpiScaling to 1 and tried LogPixels 72 at first and when that did nothing except telling me "A custom scale factor is set." with the option to "Turn off custom scaling and sign out" in Settings>Display, I tried LogPixels at 48. Still nothing. Tried with Win8DpiScaling 0 as well. Nada.

Seems like they don't want people to use scaling less than 100%.
Oh well. Medium sized get-in-the-way annoying taskbar it is.

So much frustrating cosmetic stuff in Win11. Simple things. And they don't seem to care.
Hard to say, easier to just use method 2 which does not require doing the registry. On my system with a 15" 4K 3840x2160 screen, the default is 250% and it already gets smaller at 225% and then 200% except the text is blury which was fixed with method 2 at 150dpi.
 

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    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-8750H 8th Gen Processor 2.2Ghz up to 4.1Ghz
    Motherboard
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Memory
    32GB using 2x16GB modules
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD 630 & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB DDR5
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC3266-CG
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" 4K Touch UltraHD 3840x2160 made by Sharp
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba KXG60ZNV1T02 NVMe 1024GB/1TB SSD
    PSU
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Case
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Stock
    Mouse
    SwitftPoint ProPoint
    Internet Speed
    Comcast/XFinity 1.44Gbps/42.5Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE (Chromium based) & Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender that came with Windows
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