Windows 11 taskbar lets you switch between three different sizes

Windows 11 taskbar leak

As you may be aware, Windows 11 build has leaked online,
allowing anyone with a compatible device or virtual machine to
try out the new operating system early.

Windows 11 is an evolved version of Windows 10 with Windows 10X
Shell and it comes with a pack of modern features. For example,
Start Menu, Windows Search and Action Center UI elements are
borrowed from Windows 10X, the dual-screen operating system
that has been cancelled.

As part of the Windows 11 revamp,
Start Menu and taskbar are now centered by default, a
design language that was previously part of Windows 10X. But as
we reported yesterday,
users can restore the legacy/classic Start Menu with live
tiles, and align taskbar icons like the Start or Search
button to the left.

It turns out that the taskbar on Windows 11 supports three
different sizes: Small, medium and large.

Taskbar medium
Taskbar medium size (default)

Medium is the default size of the taskbar and it’s optimized
for both desktop and tablets, while large is great for tablets
and it doesn’t look great on desktop.

Taskbar large
Taskbar large

If you prefer smaller icons, you can use “small” size, which
attempts to mimic the small size we already have today on
Windows 10.

Taskbar small
Taskbar small

Currently, if you want to change the size of the taskbar, you
need to modify the “TaskbarSi” value by following these steps:

  • Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following
    path:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoft
    WindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced
  • Create a new DWORD entry called “TaskbarSi”.

Taskbar Si in Registry Editor

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.

At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be any way to do it
through the native settings app. It’s likely that the modern
and redesigned settings app will include the option to change
the size of the taskbar.

Taskbar customization setting isn’t necessarily surprising, as
the preview version of Windows 10X also shipped with three
taskbar sizes.

In addition to three new sizes, the taskbar features a new
animation. App icons or buttons gently move towards the Start
button when you close the app, giving the taskbar a much more
fluid appearance.

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