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How to Fully Customize the Windows 11 PC Taskbar

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If you upgraded your computer from Windows 10 to Windows 11, your taskbar may not be as configurable, and perhaps not as useful as it once was. For example, the familiar start menu with its configurable live tiles is no longer available. The search box is no longer on the taskbar, but is accessed with a first click from the start menu, an extra step. (Although the fact that Cortana is no longer automatically part of this search box can at least be considered a plus by many.)

One other thing: the taskbar is now permanently attached to the bottom of the screen, so if you feel more comfortable having it at the top of the screen or on both sides, you’re out of luck. As you can imagine, Windows users are already posting solutions to at least some of these problems whenever you want to tweak your Windows registry. As we all know, the Windows taskbar is the most important thing in the operating system. By default, Windows 10 allows you to pin your favorite apps and shortcuts to the taskbar, but it doesn’t offer an advanced customization option.

Use TaskbarXI to style the Windows 11 taskbar

  • Once you have extracted the zip file, open the “Release” folder and double click to run “TaskbarXI Configurator.exe”. In a few seconds, you will see the companion application to modify the taskbar with TaskbarXI.
  • From the TaskbarXI Configurator app, you can configure various taskbar styles, including transparent, transparent gradient, opaque, blur, and acrylic. Here are some screenshots highlighting taskbar style customizations in Windows 11:

Change the size of the taskbar in Windows 11

Although Microsoft does not officially allow you to change the size of the taskbar in Windows 11, you can use the Registry Editor to do it manually. You can make taskbar icons smaller or larger in Windows 11 using this solution. That is how:

  • Press Windows keyboard shortcut “Ctrl+R” to open Run and type “regedit” to open Registry Editor in Windows 11. You can also search for “Regedit” from Windows Search and click “Open”. When Windows asks for your permission to make changes, click “Yes.”
  • After opening Registry Editor, navigate to the path given below from the left pane:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced
  • Then right-click anywhere inside the Registry editor and choose New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Set the name of the DWORD value as “TaskbarSi” and press the Enter key to save the changes.
  • Now, double click on “TaskbarSi” to set its value. The details of the size of the taskbar icons and their corresponding numbers are as follows:
    • Small Taskbar – TaskbarIf value 0
    • Default taskbar – TaskbarSi value 1
    • Large taskbar – TaskbarSi value 2
  • Depending on your preference, set the value to 0 or 2, assuming you don’t like the new default taskbar size in Windows 11. In particular, third-party app icons will look a bit pixelated when you use the taskbar big. Take a look at the images below to see the difference in taskbar icon size in Windows 11:
  • Once you have set the preferred value, reboot your system or open Task Manager using the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl+Shift+Esc” and restart Windows Explorer.

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James Hogan
James Hogan
James Hogan is a senior staff writer at Bollyinside, where he has been covering various topics, including laptops, gaming gear, keyboards, storage, and more. During that period, they evaluated hundreds of laptops and thousands of accessories and built a collection of entirely too many mechanical keyboards for their own use.

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