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How to Use Large or Small Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10


Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, change location on screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

The taskbar is the long horizontal bar at the bottom of your desktop. You can use large or small taskbar buttons.

This tutorial will show you how to use large or small taskbar buttons for your account in Windows 10.

If you turned on Use small taskbar buttons, then show badges on taskbar buttons will be disabled.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Set to Use Large or Small Taskbar Buttons in Settings
  • Option Two: Set to Use Large or Small Taskbar Buttons using a BAT file


EXAMPLE: Large or Small Taskbar Buttons
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Use Large or Small Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Use Large or Small Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10
Set to Use Large or Small Taskbar Buttons in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

2. Click/tap on Taskbar on the left side, and turn On or Off (default) Use small taskbar buttons on the right side. (see screenshot below)

3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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Use Large or Small Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Use Large or Small Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10
Set to Use Large or Small Taskbar Buttons using a BAT file


The .bat files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

TaskbarSmallIcons DWORD

0 = Large taskbar buttons
1 = Small taskbar buttons


1. Do step 2 (large) or step 3 (small) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Use Large Taskbar Buttons

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

Use_large_taskbar_buttons.bat

download


 3. To Use Small Taskbar Buttons

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

Use_small_taskbar_buttons.bat

download

4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5. Unblock the .bat file.

6. Run the .bat file.

7. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly opens and closes as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn


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