How to Make the Windows 7 Taskbar Show Small Icons

We love the Windows 7 Taskbar here at Guiding Tech. And that means we love talking about it now and then.

In the past, we’ve published articles on how you can pin almost anything to the Windows 7 taskbar, search the internet from the taskbar, make the most out of taskbar jumplists and some cool taskbar related keyboard shortcuts in our immensely popular Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts list.

taskbar in Windows 7

Sooner or later, you’ll find that accessing new program windows means scrolling up and down the taskbar. You’ve already pinned so much of stuff there that any new app gets pushed down automatically. And that can be frustrating.

Now, you could always increase the taskbar’s height but that eats into screen real estate. Not very convenient usually.

What you might want to do is make the taskbar show small icons of the pinned programs. That way, it could accommodate more stuff without showing the scroll bar. This simple 3-step tutorial will show you how to get that done.

Step 1. Right click anywhere on the blank space in the taskbar. You’ll see an option that says Properties. Click on it.

taskbar properties

Step 2. The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window will open up. Under the Taskbar tab at the top, you should see a checkbox that says Use small icons. Click on it to put a checkmark there.

use small icons in windows 7 taskbar

Step 3. Click OK. You’re done! The result should look something like the one below.

taskbar in Windows 7 using small icons

Not every one will need this, but I’ve met people who find this feature of taskbar very useful. Are you one of them?

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Abhijeet Mukherjee is the founder, publisher and editor of Guiding Tech. He's a web publisher who’s been working online full time since 2008. He loves all things tech and has also written for some of the top blogs on the planet.