Choosing an Icon Size for the Taskbar

by Barry Dysert
(last updated November 30, 2015)

It's possible to customize the size of the icons on the taskbar. You may want large icons if you have difficulty seeing them clearly. Or, if you have a lot of icons on the taskbar, you may want small ones so that they all fit nicely. In either case, you can easily change the icon size by right-clicking an open space on the taskbar and selecting the Properties option from the resulting Context menu. Windows then displays the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box. (In Windows 8 it is the Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialog box.) (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Changing your icons' size on the taskbar.

Depending on your version of Windows, you may see a checkbox entitled Use Small Icons or one entitled Use Small Taskbar Buttons. Regardless of the wording, choosing this option significantly reduces the size of the icons on the taskbar. This change occurs as soon as you click OK or Apply. Similarly, if there is already a checkmark in that checkbox, clicking it to remove the checkmark will cause your tiny icons to be enlarged.

 This tip (3584) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

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Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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