How to change the taskbar size in Windows 11

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  • Users can change the taskbar size in Windows 11 even though that platform doesn’t have much in the way of built-in options for doing so.
  • You can make Windows 11’s taskbar larger or smaller by editing the registry.
  • Changing scaling settings is another way you can achieve your goal.
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The taskbar in Windows 11 hasn’t impressed all users. Some of them aren’t satisfied with that taskbar because they can’t resize it with the cursor.

They often describe the taskbar as not having enough room for everything they want to put on it. From Windows 95 to Windows 10, they’ve always been able to drag the taskbar to add another level.

Windows 11’s taskbar does indeed lack any built-in settings to adjust its size. You can’t expand the taskbar by dragging it with the cursor as you can in Windows 10. Nor are there any taskbar options in Settings that enable users to resize it.

However, you can still change the taskbar size to some extent by tweaking the registry. Furthermore, adjusting Windows 11’s scaling settings will also change the taskbar’s scale.

How has the taskbar changed in Windows 11?

The Windows 11 taskbar’s centralized icons are the most obvious change from its predecessors. In previous platforms, icons ran from left to right along the taskbar. All the Windows 11 taskbar shortcuts are positioned from the center.

The centralized icons give Windows 11’s taskbar (and the overall desktop) a bit of a new look. Yet, it’s debatable whether centralized icons genuinely enhance the taskbar.

Some users might notice a new widgets icon on the taskbar. Clicking that button opens Windows 11’s new widgets feature. This seems to be a bit of a throwback to the gadget sidebar from Windows Vista.

There’s also a Snap Group feature that enables you to set up snap layouts for grouped app windows. The Windows 11 taskbar displays thumbnail previews for Snap Group layouts users can click to open.

Snap Group change taskbar size windows 11

As mentioned, some have lamented what the new taskbar has lost. The resize functionality is one thing missing. Furthermore, users can’t drag-and-drop shortcuts onto the taskbar to add them there.

Others might also notice that the right-click menu for the Windows 11 taskbar only includes a Taskbar settings shortcut. Windows 10 options for locking the taskbar, opening Task Manager, adding toolbars, and configuring buttons are all missing now.

Therefore, the revamped taskbar in Windows 11 has disappointed some early users. However, those have only seen pre-release versions of the platform. Microsoft might restore missing Windows 10 taskbar features in post-release builds.

How can I easily resize Windows 11’s taskbar?

1. Edit the registry

  1. First, click the taskbar’s magnifying glass button.
  2. Type regedit in the search utility’s text box.
  3. Click Registry Editor within your search results.
  4. Next, open this key within the Registry Editor window: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  5. Right-click the Advanced key and select New.
  6. Then select DWORD (32-bit Value) on the context menu.
    DWORD (32-bit) Value option change taskbar size windows 11
  7. Enter TaskbarSi to be the new DWORD’s title.
  8. Next, double-click TaskbarSi to bring up the window in the screenshot directly below:
  9. Then input either 0 (for small taskbar) or 2 (big taskbar) within the Value data box.
  10. Click the OK option on the Edit DWORD window.
  11. Thereafter, click Power, then Restart on the Start menu.
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If you entered 2 in the Value data box, your taskbar will look like the one in the snapshot directly below. You can restore the default taskbar size by entering 1 within TaskbarSi’s Value data box. Alternatively, right-click TaskbarSi and select Delete.

2. Adjust the scaling settings

  1. Right-click Windows 11’s desktop to select Display settings.
    The Display settings option change taskbar size windows 11
  2. Then click the Scale selection box.
    The Scale box change taskbar size windows 11
  3. There you can select a 125% scaling option, which will expand the taskbar’s scale.
  4. Alternatively, click the small arrow on the right of the Scale box to bring up the option below.
    Custom scaling box change taskbar size windows 11
  5. Click in the Custom scaling box to enter a value there.
  6. Then press the tick button to confirm.
  7. Sign out of Windows 11 (or restart) to apply the custom scaling.

How else can I customize Windows 11’s taskbar?

Most taskbar options can be found within Settings. The quick way to open those options is to right-click the taskbar and select Taskbar settings to bring up the window that you can see below:

Taskbar options change taskbar size windows 11

Click Taskbar items there to expand the options for toggling items on-off. There you can select to remove Windows 11’s feature buttons from the taskbar. 

Below that, you can click both Taskbar corners icons and Taskbar corner overflow options categories. Those settings enable you to toggle the taskbar corner icons on and off. 

If you want to restore the left icon taskbar alignment from the previous OS, click Taskbar behaviors. Then click the Taskbar alignments drop-down menu to select Left

Taskbar alignment options change taskbar size windows 11

Even though the current Windows 11 taskbar may not be to everybody’s liking, you’ve still got to make the most of it. Try reconfiguring and resizing it to better suit your preferences with the above settings and methods. 

Windows Insiders can, of course, give Microsoft some feedback about the state of Windows 11’s taskbar. If you’re not impressed with it, let Microsoft know via the Feedback Hub.

You can even make suggestions for new taskbar features there. And don’t forget that you can easily pin the Recycle Bin to your Windows 11 taskbar too.

Let’s hope Microsoft restores the taskbar resize feature in future Windows 11 post-release versions. Until that happens, you can resize Windows 11’s taskbar with the methods above.

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