Change Taskbar Icon Size in Windows 7

So, you want to change the taskbar icon size in Windows 7 and possibly the spacing too? The big buttons are too big and the small buttons are too small, right? You can change the taskbar icon size via the registry, so let’s get to it!

Windows 7  Taskbar Icon Size 56 Pixel

(Image: Icon Spacing Reduced)

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Beginners Note: Before you are trying to change the taskbar icon size via the registry, you should be aware of the fact that you can change the taskbar icon size to “small” in Windows 7. So, if that’s what you want to do, don’t bother with the registry!

Change Taskbar Icon Size via Windows 7 Settings

1. Step Right-click on your Windows 7 Superbar and click on “Properties”

2. Step Check the option “Use small Icons” and click on “Apply”:

Windows 7 Small Taskbar Icon Size

Voilà, you will now have small taskbar icons. If you want to customize the icon width, you can now proceed with editing the registry values below. Keep in mind that we will change the width of the icons and the spacing, but we won’t actually change the icon size, because that’s currently not possible.

Change Taskbar Icon Size via Registry

1. Step Open the registry (enter regedit.exe into search field and right-click on regedit.exe at the top)

Regedit.exe

2. StepGo to the following registry key:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]

3. Step Right-click in the right pane and click on “New” – “String”

Windows 7 New String Value

4. Step Name the string key: MinWidth and enter a value in Pixel.

Enter a value 32 or higher for small icons*
Enter a value 56 or higher for normal icons*

*If you don’t know if you have small icons or normal icons, you’ll probably have normal icons.

So, here you have to experiment a little bit. I tried it myself and the minimum value for small icons is 32 and for normal icons at least 56 or the buttons will not work properly!

5. Step Log off and log in again. Note: Restarting explorer.exe is not enough here, you have to log off!

You can also define a MaxWidth for your taskbar icons. So, you can define the minimum and maximum taskbar icon size. THe absolute minimum is already defined, because the buttons won’t work if they have a width of only 20 pixel. The maximum width can be anything, but don’t make them too big.

Examples:

MinWidth 56 Pixel, using normal icons:

Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Size 56 Pixel

MinWidth 20 Pixel = not working:
Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Size 20 Pixel

MinWidth 32 Pixel: working
Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Size 32 Pixel

Download Taskbar Icon Size Registry Files

Copy this into a notepad, save as a .reg file and then execute it:

32 Pixel (small icons)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
“MinWidth”=”32″

56 Pixel (normal icons)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
“MinWidth”=”56″

Alternatively, you can download our registry file:

Change Taskbar Icon Site to 32 .reg file

Change Taskbar Icon Site to 56 .reg file

Published: Sunday, March 28th, 2010 Last Modified: March 28, 2010

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