How to Change the Taskbar Size in Windows 11

Resize the Windows taskbar in a few steps

What to Know

  • Add the TaskbarSi value to the Windows Registry.
  • Change value data to 0 for a small taskbar or 2 for bigger icons.
  • Restart or log out for it to take effect.

This article explains how to make your Windows 11 taskbar bigger or smaller. Currently, the only way to do this is with a registry tweak.

How to Resize the Taskbar in Windows 11

The easiest way to change the Windows 11 taskbar size is with a registry edit. You can learn more about using the registry here, but as long as you follow along carefully and back up the registry beforehand, it should be straightforward and safe.

  1. Search for Registry Editor and then open it.

    Registry Editor search results in Windows 11
  2. Use the folders on the left side to navigate to the Advanced key in this path:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\
    
  3. Right-click Advanced in the left pane and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

    New DWORD value registry editor menu
  4. When asked for a name, type this and then press Enter:

    TaskbarSi
    
  5. Double-click the value to open an edit box. Change the number to one of these and then select OK:

    • 0 for small taskbar
    • 2 for big taskbar
    taskbarsi value data in Windows 11 registry editor
  6. Restart the computer or log out and then back in. You can do this by right-clicking the Start button and choosing one of the options in the Shut down or sign out menu.

How Do I Make My Taskbar Normal Size?

The default taskbar size can be restored by returning to step 5 and deleting the TaskbarSi value. After a reboot, the Windows 11 taskbar will return to its normal size.

Or, if you don't want to delete the value, double-click it to change the value data. Instead of a 0 or 2, make the number 1 and then reboot your computer. The benefit of doing this is you don't have to remake the value should you decide later to change the taskbar size again. You can edit the registry value as often as you want.

If you do plan on editing the registry often to change the taskbar size over and over, be sure to keep a backup of the registry. If you accidentally delete or edit a different value, restoring the registry backup is always an option.

How Do I Resize My Taskbar Icons?

Fortunately, there isn't a separate registry value you need to make to resize the taskbar icons. Resizing the taskbar itself also changes the size of the icons.

Choosing 0 in step 5 above creates smaller taskbar icons, while 2 will make bigger icons. You can see here how the icons differ between the different taskbar sizes.

Small, default, and large Windows 11 taskbar sizes

If you want to resize the taskbar icons because they're taking up too much room at the bottom of your screen, consider hiding the taskbar. Do this by right-clicking the taskbar, going to Taskbar settings, and enabling Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode. Doing this will automatically hide the taskbar each time your mouse moves off of it, instantly providing more screen space. It will appear again when the mouse runs along the bottom of the screen.

Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode selected in settings
FAQ
  • How do I get rid of Task View in the Windows 11 taskbar?

    To remove the Task View icon from the taskbar, right-click the taskbar and select Show Task View button from the list of options. You can also uncheck the box beside Show Task View button from Settings > Taskbar.

  • How do I get my volume mixer back on the taskbar in Windows 11?

    While you can't pin the volume mixer to the taskbar, you can easily access it by right-clicking the volume icon on the far right side of the taskbar and selecting Volume mixer. Alternatively, go to Settings > Sound > Volume Mixer to control volume settings for various apps and devices.

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