Changing the Size of the Taskbar

by Barry Dysert
(last updated August 16, 2021)

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If you have many windows open simultaneously, you may find that you'd like your Taskbar to be bigger so as to better accommodate the windows' icons. To change the size of the taskbar, right-click on an empty space on the Taskbar and make sure "Lock the Taskbar" is not checked. With the Taskbar unlocked, move your cursor near the top edge of the Taskbar (assuming your Taskbar is at the bottom of the screen) until the cursor becomes a double-headed arrow. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Getting ready to resize the Taskbar.

Click and drag the mouse up, and the Taskbar will get taller. When you have the Taskbar at the desired height, release the mouse, right-click on an empty space on the Taskbar, and select "Lock the Taskbar." The Taskbar will now remain your specified size until you resize it again.

 This tip (12522) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

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Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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What is 3 - 1?

2021-08-16 07:07:12

Will

It bugs me that the minimum width of the taskbar when on the right or left is twice the height of the minimum when on the bottom.


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