With Windows 11, Microsoft has made significant changes to the taskbar and Start menu. Unfortunately, because of this, both the Start menu and the taskbar have lost many functions and settings. One of them is the ability to resize the taskbar.
Small Icon Taskbar
Medium Icon Taskbar
Large Icon Taskbar
With the default settings, as you rightly pointed out, the new taskbar in Windows 11 is slightly larger than the taskbar in Windows 10. Of course, most users will ignore this small change, but some would prefer a small taskbar.
We can resize the taskbar in Windows 10 and earlier versions by unlocking the taskbar and dragging the top edge of the taskbar. That is not possible with the Windows 11 taskbar as it does not provide an option to do this.
The Settings app also does not provide an option to change the default size of the taskbar. As always, however, the Windows Registry comes to the rescue. You can manually edit the Windows Registry to make the Windows 11 taskbar slightly larger or smaller than the default size.
That is, Windows 11 or the Windows Registry offers three sizes for the taskbar: small, medium and large. The problem is that, at least for our taste, the small size is too small and the large size is too large. You can refer to the images below to see the actual size of the taskbar when the size is set to small, medium and large.
It goes without saying that when you make the taskbar small, the taskbar icons also become small. On the other hand, when you enlarge it, Windows 11 automatically increases the size of the taskbar icons.
Change the taskbar size in Windows 11
IMPORTANT: Although editing the Windows Registry is safe, we recommend creating a restore point before proceeding.
Step 1: Open the Windows Registry Editor by typing Windows Registry in the search box and then pressing the Enter key.
Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:
Step 3: On the right side, right-click an empty place, click New and select 32-bit DWORD Value to create a new value. Name the new value TaskbarSi.
Step 4: Finally, double click on the TaskbarSi value and use the following values to make Windows 11 taskbar small, medium or large.
Set the value data to “0” to shrink the taskbar.
Set the value data to “1” to make the taskbar medium (the default taskbar size).
Set the value data to “2” if you want to make the taskbar larger.
You can now close the Registry Editor.