How to Reduce the Size of the Taskbar

by Daniel Hatter

The Windows Taskbar is one of the most important tools for navigating on your Windows computer. One of the customizable features of Windows is the ability to resize and move the Taskbar. Once you have changed the size of your Taskbar, you may decide you preferred it the way it was before (the default size for the Taskbar is the smallest). It's easy to change.

Right-click on your Taskbar. The second item from the bottom of the list will be "Lock the Taskbar." If you see a check mark next to this, uncheck it. Otherwise, continue to step two.

Move your mouse cursor to the top edge of the Taskbar (or bottom, left or right; depending on which side of the screen your Taskbar is docked on). Your cursor will turn into a double-sided arrow.

Click and drag your Taskbar to the desired size. You may also want to note that when your Taskbar is unlocked, you may dock it on another side of your screen by clicking and dragging the Taskbar to the top, left, or right. When you're done, right-click the Taskbar and press "Lock the Taskbar" so it can't be accidentally moved or changed..

About the Author

Daniel Hatter began writing professionally in 2008. His writing focuses on topics in computers, Web design, software development and technology. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in media and game development and information technology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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