Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: How to make taskbar on left side smaller

08 Nov 2013   #1
bhs67

Windows 7
 
 
How to make taskbar on left side smaller

How does one make the task bar on the left side of the screen smaller? Selecting the edge and dragging works fine. However, it does not allow reducing it to the typical 1/4 inch size that WinXP allows. Yes, the icons are a small size.

Note that along the bottom, it can be reduced to the 1/4 inch size.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
08 Nov 2013   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums

The taskbar on the left or right sides will not get as small as the top and bottom.

Sorry
Jerry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2013   #3
nommy the first

Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit Professional
 
 

Hello bhs67 and welcome to the Forums,

Actually, there is a way, although you have to do it again for every session, as it resets upon start up. Here's how;
  1. First, click on the and in the Search programs and files box, type "Services" without the quotes. Open the entry with the cog next to it.
  2. Now search for an entry called "Desktop Window Manager Session Manager".
  3. Now right click on your taskbar, click on "Properties" and put a check on all three the options in the Taskbar Appearance menu, as shown in the screenshot;
    -explanation.jpg
  4. After clicking on OK there, right click on the entry in the Services tab you first opened, and click on "restart".
    -explanation-2.jpg
  5. And tadaa, your taskbar is now the same, small, size as the one on the top and bottom.

Good luck and keep us posted,
Nommy


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

11 Nov 2013   #4
bhs67

Windows 7
 
 

No difference. Task bar is still large ... see attachment.


Attached Images
 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2013   #5
nommy the first

Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit Professional
 
 

Hello bhs67,

Hmm, weird.. It's working perfectly fine for me, and has done so for the past 6 months.
Do you have any custom themes installed, and if so, is your machine patched so that it can handle custom themes?
Also, which version of Windows 7 are you using?


Good luck and keep us posted,
Nommy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2013   #6
bhs67

Windows 7
 
 

I am using Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1 ... Windows Classic / Solid Color background. I recently installed Classic Shell (Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements) which gets me closer to the look of Win XP / Win 2000.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2013   #7
nommy the first

Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit Professional
 
 

Hello bhs67,

I fear that this only works with the standard Aero theme or patched custom themes that use Aero.
Have you patched your system to be able to properly apply custom themes? If not, please do so by following steps one to six of this tutorial (this trick might work afterwards).


Good luck and keep us posted,
Nommy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2013   #8
bhs67

Windows 7
 
 

I make it through step 6. How do I get to step 7? These are not listed ... right click screen -> Propersonalize.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2013   #9
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Step 7 is looking for a custom theme to install.

If you are using the Classic theme doing the patching will not help you get a smaller taskbar on the right or left.

I was looking to do something like this a couple of years ago and gave up because there was nothing that will do it permanently.

Jerry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2013   #10
bhs67

Windows 7
 
 

Ok, thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 How to make taskbar on left side smaller




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Desktop shifted left and cutoff on left side Win7 64bit Raedon HD 46xx
Hello, I have a strange problem. I recently had to move my graphics card from one slot to another on my motherboard. When I did so, my desktop appeared to be shifted over to the left and that the left most part of the desktop would not display. I tried to use my TV controls to shift the...
Hardware & Devices
How do I make my taskbar icons on the right side?
By default the icons for programs I'm using in the taskbar (firefox, fl studio, etc.) are on the left, right next to the start menu button. How can I make them on the right, next to the notification area icons? Thanks.
Customization
Making the Taskbar Thinner on the Left Side
Currently when moving the taskbar to the left side, the thinnest you can make it is to have 2 system icons side by side on the bottom. I'm trying to get the taskbar to have show only 1 system icon. I've discovered through trial and error a way to have this happen but it isn't a permanent fix. ...
Customization
Taskbar on Left Side issue
Is there a way without installing third party software to allow a task bar docked on the side of the screen (left or right) to be smaller. Note, using small icons like what works on the top and bottom does not change the with of the task bar on the side. One thing I noticed is that the with stops...
Customization
how do i make the win7 taskbar smaller?
hello, i have an question.... i have windows 7 ultimate 32bit installed and i want my taskbar smaller then the "Use small icons" option, Does someone how i do that >or someone know how to do it in the registery. Thanks. Timvdhoorn.
Customization
How to make side placed taskbar thinner?
maybe another dumb question from me... When the taskbar is placed at the top or bottom, it's possible to make it very slim, using small icons, however, when the taskbar is placed on the left or right I cannot get it to behave the same way. Any ideas?
Customization


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 00:03.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App