One of the biggest changes in Windows 11 is the taskbar. You’ll notice that your taskbar icons are now centered and there isn’t a “small icons” or “labels” option to shrink them down. Not to fear, though – today we’re going to show you how to make taskbar icons bigger or smaller in Windows 11 using a handy registry hack.

Taskbar too big or small? Here is how to change Windows 11 taskbar icon size

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First, you should know that Windows 11 taskbar icons come in three sizes: small, medium, or large. Medium is the default size, so you have room to maneuver whether your taskbar is too big or too small.

However, it’s worth noting that the changes between sizes are quite dramatic and these adjustments could cause some overlap between certain UI elements. This will also change taskbar size overall, as it will shrink or grow to match the icon size.

The good thing is that once we show you how to change the taskbar icon size in Windows 11, you’ll be able to switch between different sizes whenever you like. You only need to log in and out or restart the Explorer process for the changes to apply. Here’s how to modify your registry to make the change:

How Make Taskbar Icons Bigger or Smaller in Windows 11

If you prefer to make changes to your OS yourself and learn along the way, this process will walk you through exactly what to change in the Registry to change taskbar icon size in Windows 11. If you just want a quick fix, however, check the section below instead.

Here’s how to manually modify the registry to make icons bigger or smaller:

  1. Open Regedit

    To open the Registry Editor, click the search button on your taskbar and then type “Regedit”. Click the top result.

    Windows 11 - Open Regedit

  2. Navigate to the Explorer key and create a new DWORD

    Paste the following address in your Registry Editor address bar:

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

    Right-click any empty space in the main pane and choose “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value”.

    Windows 11 - Regedit - Adavanced Registry Key - New - DWORD

  3. Name the DWORD “TaskbarSi”

    Make sure you spell it exactly as above, without the quotes but including the capitalization.

    Windows 11 - Regedit - Adavanced Registry Key - New - DWORD - Rename

  4. Double-click your DWORD and change your taskbar icon size via the “Value data” field 

    You have three options for the value data: 1,2, or 3. They do the following:
    • 0 = Small icons
    • 1 = Medium icons (default)
    • 2 = Large icons

    Choose one and press “OK”. You’ll then need to log in and out, restart your PC, or restart the Explorer.exe process to apply the changes.

    Windows 11 - Regedit - Adavanced Registry Key - New - DWORD - TaskbarSi - Change Value Data - Accept

How to Quickly Change Taskbar Icon Size in Windows 11 via a .bat file

Though there isn’t an in-built setting to change the taskbar icon size in Windows 11, we’ve provided .bat files that will do it all for you automatically. All you need to do is download this .zip file, then follow the steps below:

  1. Right-click your “Set_taskbar_icon_size.zip” and press “Extract All…”

     

    Windows 11 - Extract All .zip

  2. Browse to your desired extraction location and press “Extract” in the wizard

     

    Windows 11 - Extract All .zip - Browse - Extract

    1. Run the relevant .bat file to change your Windows 11 icon size

      For example, if you wanted to change your Windows 11 taskbar icon size to small, you’d right-click “Set_taskbar_icon_size_to_small.bat” and press “Run as administrator”.

      It’s important that you remember to run the .bat file as an admin or it won’t be able to apply the changes.

      Windows 11 - .bat - Run As Admin

  3. Press “More info” on the “Windows Protected your PC” prompt

     

    Windows 11 - .bat - Run As Admin More Info

  4. Click “Run anyway” and log in and out of your account

    When you log back into your account, you’ll notice that Windows has changed your icon size. You can alternatively just restart the Explorer process by following the link in the section below.

    Windows 11 - .bat - Run As Admin More Info - Run Anyway


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You can save yourself from restarting or logging in and out for a change like this by restarting Explorer.exe instead. You can read our How to Restart Explorer.exe guide to learn how to do this in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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While you’re at it, you may want to return your File Explorer ribbon back to how it was in Windows 10, too. You can do so by following our in-depth restore old File Explorer ribbon guide.

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