Windows 11 doesn’t have the option to unlock and resize the taskbar or use small taskbar buttons that exists in Windows 10, but you can change the registry key value to increase or decrease taskbar size to small, medium, or large. The below screenshot shows the difference between the 3 taskbar sizes from small, medium to large. Medium is the default taskbar size.
When you set the taskbar to a small size, the taskbar icons will also become smaller in order to fit into the taskbar. When you the taskbar’s size to large, Windows 11 automatically increases the size of icons of the taskbar. Follow the simple guide below to change the taskbar size using a related registry key.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open a Run box.
Step 2: Type
regedit and press Enter to open up the Registry Editor. Click Yes to grant administrative privileges when prompted by the UAC (User Account Control). If you are installing as a new OS, you need to press the Shift + F10 key to open the command prompt and type
regedit.exe to open the Registry Editor.
Step 3: Navigate to the following location:
Computer > HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced
Step 4: Right-click on the right pane then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new DWORD as TaskbarSi.
Step 5: Double-click on TaskbarSi and set the value as below:
- 0: Small taskbar size
- 1: Medium taskbar size (default)
- 2: Large taskbar size.
Step 6: Click on the OK button and close the registry editor.
Step 7: Sign out and then sign in again with the same user account.