How to Change Taskbar Icons Size in Windows 11

This post will show you how to change the taskbar icons size in Windows 11. Read on to learn how to customize your Windows 11 taskbar by changing the default icon sizes according to your preferences.

The Windows 11 desktop is purposely redesigned for productivity, ease and creativity. As final output, every user is greeted with a simplified user interface with a modern, fresh, beautiful and clean aura.

Windows 11 Taskbar Overview

For starters, the Windows 11 OS renders an updated version of the taskbar that is located at the bottom-center of the desktop. It provides users easy access to the key features including the Start Menu, frequently used applications, and the notification area.

Lined up in the notification area at the right-corner of the taskbar are the icons for Wi-Fi internet and volume control. 

Among other default controls in the Windows 11 taskbar include the Task View, File Explorer, Widgets, Search, Microsoft Store icons and Microsoft Edge. These icons are aligned to the center by default.

The available sizes for the taskbar icons are small (0), medium (1) and large (2). The default size is set to medium. And if you don’t like the default placement and size of these icons, you can customize them according to your liking. 

Easy Steps to Change Taskbar Icons Size in Windows 11

Follow the steps to access the Windows 11 Registry Editor to change the default taskbar icons size:

  • Click the Windows/Start button to launch the Start menu.
  • On the Start search box, type regedit and click Registry Editor app from the top Search result.
  • If prompted to run the Registry app as administrator, click Yes.
  • While on the Registry Editor window, copy and paste the following directory/path into the address bar:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

  • After pasting the above command, press Enter on the keyboard to execute and view output. A list of different directories and subdirectories will be displayed.
  • Right-click on the Advanced folder then select New from the pop-up menu.
  • On the succeeding menu, click to select DWORD (32-bit) Value from the given options. 
  • If prompted, name the new DWORD item as TaskbarSi.
  • Double-click the value to open an edit box then change the current number to another number that corresponds to the size you’d like (0 for small taskbar and 2 for big/large taskbar). The default size value for the taskbar icons in Windows 11 is set to 1 (medium).
  • After changing the value, click OK.
  • Restart the computer to apply the recent changes. 

Please note that a system restart is required for the explorer process to apply the new changes to the registry. As soon as the system boots up, the Taskbar icons size is already changed to large.

Reverting Changes on Taskbar Icons Size

Should you wish to revert the recent changes, just repeat the same steps until you get to the Advanced->New->DWORD(32-bit) directory. Locate and right-click on TaskbarSi then click Delete.

Again, you will need to restart the computer to apply the recent changes you’ve made to the registry.

More Taskbar Management Options in Windows 11

Doesn’t want to keep the Taskbar showing up on the display? If so, then just configure the system to hide it automatically.

The Windows 11 taskbar can also be hidden. Here’s how it’s done:

  • To do so, simply right-click on the Taskbar then click Taskbar settings. 
  • On the Taskbar settings menu, click the Taskbar behaviors dropdown arrow then check the box before Automatically hide taskbar.

You can also change the default Taskbar alignment from Center to Left.

There is also an option for you to choose which icons you’d like to appear in the taskbar corner and in the taskbar corner overflow menu.

To show or hide taskbar corner icons, just turn on the switch next to the icon that you’d like to appear and turn off those that you’d like to hide.

The Windows 11 Taskbar is also designed to be shown across multiple monitors. The key to make this happen is to enable the feature through Settings-> Personalization-> Taskbar menu.

Multiple system alert dialog boxes are also updated including low-battery alert.

So far, the majority of the new interface updates are working as intended but there are also certain features and apps that are still unstable.

And that covers everything in this quick guide to change the Windows 11 Taskbar icons size.

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