Windows 11 update takes away option to tweak taskbar size but there's a workaround

Microsoft held its Windows 11 unveiling event back on June 24 and now, users who signed up for the Insider program whose devices are eligible for an update to Windows 11 are receiving their builds.

Windows 11 is still in its early stages, hence the exclusive release to users in the Insider program, Microsoft’s ‘beta program’. Even then, this build gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect in the next version of Windows slated for release over the holiday season.

windows 11 in-post

As this insider build rolls out, people now have a first-hand feel of the new operating systems and now, we get to have a picture of what’s missing and what’s been changed.

One of the aspects that have been changed on Windows from Windows 10 is the size of the taskbar. While on Windows 10, there is the option to change the size of the taskbar, users on Windows 11 are stuck with one size.

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For modern 4K displays, this change to stick to the biggest size of the taskbar makes sense because the small setting on Windows 10 on 100% scaling looked horrendously small on said displays.

But not everyone has a 2K or a 4K monitor today and some users would still like to have the smaller taskbar sizes on their Windows 11 builds. For these users, there might be a way to do this.

– Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following path:
– HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\
– Create a new DWORD entry called “TaskbarSi”.
– Change the DWORD value to modify the size of the taskbar:

0 = Small
1 = Medium
2 = Large
– Close the Registry Editor and restart Windows Explorer to see the changes.

Windows 11 taskbar
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Sure, this process might seem a little intimidating for anyone that hasn’t dug into the guts of an operating system before but for now, this seems to be the only way.

It is also unclear whether Microsoft plans to incorporate the option to change the size of the taskbar in later releases of Windows 11 so we just have to wait and see.

These are exciting times for fans of Windows and the entire PC operating system scene for that matter owing to the ubiquity of Windows as an operating system and we’re right there with y’all so stay tuned to PiunikaWeb for more in Windows 11.

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