How to Make Taskbar Icons Bigger in Windows 10

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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Taskbar has always been an essential part of Windows, and over the years it has changed. Speaking of changes, users complain that Taskbar icons are too small in Windows 10, so today we’re going to show you how to make Taskbar icons bigger in Windows 10.

Make Taskbar icons bigger in Windows 10

Solution 1 – Change the display scaling

If your Taskbar icons look too small, perhaps you can fix this issue by changing the display scaling setting. Sometimes your applications and icons can appear smaller especially on a larger display, and this is why many users use display scaling feature.

Before we show you how to change the display scaling setting, we should mention that this feature will also change the size of text and other elements on your screen. Unfortunately, Windows 10 doesn’t have the built-in option that allows you to change the size of Taskbar icons, so if you choose to use the display scaling option, bear in mind that you’ll increase the size of other elements as well. To change the display scaling option, do the following:

  1. Open the Settings app. You can do that instantly by using Windows Key + I shortcut.
  2. Now go to the System section.
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  3. Locate Change the size of text, apps, and other items option and change it to 125%.
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After doing that, the size of your icons, text, and apps will change. This change will also affect the size of your Taskbar icons. If the elements on your screen look too big after making this change, revert the settings to the default value and proceed to the next solution.

Solution 2 – Make sure that you’re not using small icons

Sometimes your Taskbar icons might look too small if you have small Taskbar buttons option enabled. Windows 10 has two sizes available for Taskbar icons, normal and small, and you can change the size of the Taskbar icons by doing the following:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to the Personalization section.
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  2. Now select Taskbar from the left pane. In the right pane, be sure to disable Use small taskbar buttons option.
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If this feature is already disabled, it means that you’re using the normal size for Taskbar icons. Unfortunately, there’s no way to further increase the size of Taskbar icons without using third-party solutions.

Solution 3 – Use StartIsBack++ tool

Another third-party solution that might help you increase the size of your Taskbar icons is StartIsBack++. This tool was originally designed for Windows 8 in order to restore Start Menu, but it can also be used to customize the look of your Taskbar.

To change the size of the Taskbar icons, you just need to do the following:

  1. Run StartIsBack++.
  2. Go to the Appearance tab from the left pane. In the right pane, check Use larger taskbar option.
  3. Click Apply and OK and you’re good to go.

As you can see, changing the size of Taskbar icons is simple with this tool, but bear in mind that this tool isn’t free, but it’s available for a free trial, so you might want to try it out.

These are some of the ways that you can use to change the size of Taskbar icons. Windows 10 doesn’t have the option to manually increase the size of Taskbar icons, so if the first two solutions didn’t fix the problem for you, you’ll have to use third-party software to change the size of Taskbar icons.

Over the years Taskbar has changed and although it has been present from the earliest versions of Windows, it has remained it the crucial part of every Windows. Earliest versions of Windows didn’t have Quick Launch icons, instead you could only see the list of currently opened apps.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.