Windows 7 Taskbar can be set to display on program icons only with all additional tabs or icons combine into stack, or as a buttons with application icon and label with each window has its own button on the Taskbar. By default, the length or width of the button or icon on Taskbar is fixed,
Windows 7 allows user to change the size of Taskbar pinned icons and buttons together. So users get a trick from here that how to change windows 7 programs taskbar width registry setting or change windows 7 taskbar icon width
The Windows 7 users can change size of programs task bar windows 7, or length of the buttons appear on the Windows 7 Taskbar with the following steps.
- Run Registry Editor (RegEdit).
- Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktopWindowMetrics
- Right click on a blank space on the right pane, select New, then String Value. Name the new string value as MinWidth.
Note: If “MinWidth” already exists, skip this step.
4. Double click on “MinWidth”, and change the value data according to the preferred size. By default, Windows 7 has the following MinWidth value (estimated), when MinWidth is not defined or not created:
Button with standard or normal icons: 56
Button with small icons: 40
5. Restart the computer, or log off and log on again.
Note: Above change button width trick only work when Taskbar is set to display “button”, which mean it doesn’t work is Taskbar buttons’ behavior is set to “Always combine, hide labels”, where Windows 7 will always use it default size for icon-only button. To change the setting, follow these steps:
1. Right click on Taskbar, and select Properties.
2. Set the Taskbar buttons setting to Never combine (each window has its own icon, and icons span to more rows in Taskbar when there is too many of them), or Combine when taskbar is full (all icons of same application or program will collapse and stack to one when Taskbar no longer able to accommodate additional icon).