How to maximize or minimize your taskbar in Windows 11





Three Windows 11 taskbar sizes

As of October 2021, the size of the taskbar in Windows 11 cannot be adjusted with the Settings app. Fortunately, we have discovered a registry hack that can make the taskbar bigger or smaller. Here’s how to do it.

Edit the registry yourself

To change the size of your Windows 11 taskbar, you can either edit your Windows registry yourself or download our one-click hacking ZIP file in the section below. Using our files, you can change between the three taskbar sizes just by clicking on a file and restarting your PC.

Warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool. Improper use can make your system unstable or even unusable. Still, this is a simple hack, and if you follow the instructions completely, you shouldn’t have any problems. If you’ve never used Registry Editor before, be sure to read how to use it before you begin. We also recommend that you back up the registry (and your computer) before making any changes.

To start making the change manually, first open Registry Editor. Click the start button, type “regedit” and select the “Registry Editor” icon when it appears in the results.

When the Registry Editor application opens, navigate to this key using the sidebar or paste it into the address line near the top of the window:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced

Once you’re there, right-click on “Advanced” in the sidebar and select New> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Add new "DWORD" value.

A new entry will be added to the list in the rightmost pane of the Registry Editor window. Type or paste the name TaskbarSi .

Enter name name "Taskbar If."

Double click on “Taskbarsi” and an “Edit” window will appear. In the “Value data” field, enter 0, 1 or 2. This number corresponds to the size of the taskbar: “0” means smallest, “1” means medium (default) and “2” means the greatest. When you are done, click “OK”.

Enter a value, then click "OKAY."

Then close Registry Editor and restart your Windows 11 PC. When you log back in after restarting, you will find that your taskbar is now a different size!

Windows 11 three taskbar sizes from a registry hack

If you change your mind, edit HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvancedTaskbarSi again in Registry Editor, enter a new value (0, 1, or 2), and then restart. To revert to the default size, enter “1” for the TaskbarSi value. Or you can use the registry files we have provided below.

Download our one-click registry hack

If you want to avoid manually modifying your registry, you can download our registry hack files with one click. In the ZIP you will find three files that will change the size of your Windows 11 taskbar or small, medium or large after a restart.

Download Windows 11 taskbar sized hack files

After downloading the file, unzip it anywhere, and you will have three files:

  • win11_taskbar_small.reg: This makes your taskbar smaller than the default.
  • win11_taskbar_medium.reg: This makes your taskbar the medium size by default.
  • win11_taskbar_large.reg: This makes your taskbar larger than the default.

In general, you should not trust registry files that you find on the Internet without checking them first. You can verify that our registry files are not malicious by opening them using Notepad (right-click on a file, select “Show more options”, then choose “Edit”) and looking at their content.

Once you’re ready, double click on the .REG file you want to use (corresponding to the size you want your taskbar to be), and you’ll see a warning that adding information to the registry could potentially damage your system. Click “Yes” to continue.

Click on "Yes."

Then you will see another pop-up window telling you that changes have been made to the registry. Click OK. “Restart your PC, and when you log back in, your taskbar will be the size that matches the registry file you ran.

If you want your taskbar to return to normal size (default), run “win11_taskbar_medium.reg” and then restart your PC. Enjoy!

RELATED: What is a REG file (and how do I open one)?





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