Windows 11 Taskbar Size: 2 Easy Ways to Change It

Here are two comprehensive tested methods

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Key notes

  • You 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.
  • Make Windows 11’s taskbar larger or smaller by editing the registry and changing a single value.
  • Changing scaling settings is another way you can achieve your goal.

The taskbar in Windows 11 has not impressed all users. Some aren’t satisfied with it 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 to move the taskbar to add another level especially, in cases where an app keeps re-pinning itself to create more space.

Windows 11’s taskbar lacks 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 most obvious change from its predecessors is the Windows 11 taskbar’s centralized icons. 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 new look. Yet, it’s debatable whether centralized icons genuinely enhance the taskbar.

Some users might notice a new widget 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 that 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.

windows 11 taskbar settings

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.

We will present two easy methods to adjust the size of your taskbar on your device. You can resize the taskbar by modifying the DWORD value in Registry Editor or adjusting scaling options.

How can I easily resize Windows 11’s taskbar?

1. Use the Registry Editor

Tip icon Tip
The method no longer works in Windows 11 22H2, build 22621.1413. If and when a new method to change the Taskbar size via Registry is available, we will update the information. Until then, you can use the other method listed below.

1. First, click the taskbar’s magnifying glass button.

2. Type regedit in the search utility’s text box.

3. Select the first result to open the Registry Editor tool.

4. Next, open this key within the Registry Editor window: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

windows 11 registry editor advanced

5. Right-click on the Advanced option and then select New.

6. Choose DWORD (32-bit Value) from the context menu that has just opened.

dword 3d windows 11

7. Enter TaskbarSi to be the new DWORD’s title.

dword taskbarsi windows 11

8. Next, double-click on TaskbarSi to bring up the window in the screenshot directly below.

dword value windows 11

9. Then input either 0 (for small taskbar) or 2 (big taskbar) within the Value data box.

10. After you make your selection, click the OK option on the Edit DWORD window.

11. Thereafter, restart your PC.

Note icon NOTE
You can restore the default taskbar size by entering 1 within TaskbarSi’s Value data box. Alternatively, right-click TaskbarSi and select Delete.

You can easily adjust the taskbar size on your Windows 11 device using the built-in Registry Editor tool. This key can also be used to fix the Taskbar thumbnail preview disappear too quickly issue; read this guide to know the process.

Through it, you can set a small or a big taskbar by editing the DWORD value. The result will be a Windows 11 small taskbar.

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.

If you were wondering how to make the taskbar smaller in Windows 11, changing the Scaling settings is an effective trick. The best part is that this will also change the size of the Windows 11 taskbar icon.

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 to change the taskbar size in Windows 11 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, let Microsoft know via the Feedback Hub. You can even make suggestions for new taskbar features there. 

And in case someone told you about a Windows 11 small taskbar bug, you now know how to change the taskbar size. Don’t forget that you can easily pin the Recycle Bin to your Windows 11 taskbar too.

For more customization options, read our article on how to make the taskbar transparent on Windows 11. Also, find out how to change taskbar position in Windows 11.

We also have a guide on how to set a vertical taskbar on Windows 11, so don’t miss it.

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

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