Increase taskbar icons size without affecting programs


  1. Posts : 31
    W10 N LTSC 2019
       #1

    Increase taskbar icons size without affecting programs


    I've just migrated to W10 after over a decade of W7, and I really can't adapt to everything being so small... If I change the scale ratio in the Display Settings, then everything (including programs) gets scaled up, which I don't want. I just want to scale up taskbar icons in a way that keeps programs unaffected.

    Icon sizes in W7 and W10 for comparison:
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  2. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #2

    No way to do it natively in Windows 10...it's either Small or Large icons in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar

    Look into 3rd party solutions such as StartIsBack.
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  3. Posts : 18,206
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19045.1806 (x64) [22H2]
       #3

    Bersekz said:
    I've just migrated to W10 after over a decade of W7, and I really can't adapt to everything being so small... If I change the scale ratio in the Display Settings, then everything (including programs) gets scaled up, which I don't want. I just want to scale up taskbar icons in a way that keeps programs unaffected.

    Icon sizes in W7 and W10 for comparison:
    IF you haven't already done so... Right click Taskbar and choose: Settings



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  4. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #4

    Already mentioned.
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  5. Posts : 31
    W10 N LTSC 2019
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I think there could be another solution, but I need your help. I could set W10 scale ratio to 125/150% in order to increase the taskbar size, and then set a global rule for all applications to ignore that. It should be possible I think: I know for sure you can tell an application to ignore W10 High DPI scaling and still render it at 100% (through override), while I don't know if it's possible to set a global rule to always do that.
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  6. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #6

    If you're running Windows 10 Pro, you might check in Group Policy.

    Windows key + R, enter gpedit.msc
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  7. Posts : 31
    W10 N LTSC 2019
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Apparently the problem is well-known, and hasn't been fixed in 5 years. Basically if you have a big monitor (or worse, a tv) you are quite fu***d, because if you use 100% scaling you get crazy small text and taskbar so that you're going to develop crazy high fatigue, while if you use a higher scaling you end up with blurry text and giant applications. Now I feel really bad for the health of my eyes, as this isn't sustanaible over time.
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  8. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #8

    Take a look at Ease of Access.

    Settings > Ease of Access.
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  9. Posts : 31
    W10 N LTSC 2019
    Thread Starter
       #9

    I tryed Option 5 here, but it does nothing (programs still open at 125% scaling). Bullet point #2 of the guide has wrong path btw.

    The more I browse through the forum posts searching for a solution, the more I find people who think like me (and me).
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