In Windows 10, Microsoft reduced the size of app icons on the taskbar to 24 x 24. Many users do not like this change and want the icons restored to the larger 32 x 32 size they had in Windows 7 and Windows 8. In this article, we will see how it can be done with a free tool.
Unfortunately, Microsoft did not provide any way for the end user to adjust the icon size of apps on the taskbar. The taskbar icon size is hardcoded and there is no way to change it natively, not even a Registry value.
However, it can be done with a third party app which does it programmatically.
7+ Taskbar Tweaker is an excellent freeware app which we've covered several times in the past. The current version, which is version 5.0 at the moment of this writing is compatible with Windows 10 and can be used to make taskbar icons bigger! So everyone can make the taskbar icons the same size as Windows 7. Here's how you do it:
- Download 7+ Taskbar Tweaker from HERE.
- Install and run the app.
- Once it starts, it shows a configuration dialog. It looks like this: The required option is in the app's advanced options, so you need to close this dialog unless you use 7+ Taskbar Tweaker to do various other taskbar tweaks like reducing extra space between icons or getting back the classic taskbar behavior.
- Now, you need to open the advanced options. Right click the app's tray (notification area) icon and click the "Advanced options" item in the context menu:
- Scroll down the OptionsEx list to find the option called w10_large_icons. Set it to 1 as shown below: Tip: You can resize the Advanced Options dialog to make it bigger.
Press Apply and OK.
You are done. Now your taskbar will have big icons like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1!
Before: After: 7+ Taskbar Tweaker also offers a number of other advanced options which we have covered in detail in this article.