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Increase the size of Taskbar icons

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    Increase the size of Taskbar icons


    I'm working with an HP ElitePad, a 10" Win 8 tablet with no mouse/keyboard. One of the pieces of software I'm working with is only accessable via right-clicking (press and hold) its icon in the taskbar and selecting to launch it.

    The issue I'm having is that the icons are very small and I need to get this working for an end user who would endlessly be missing it.

    Anyone know how to increase the size of the icons? All I can find so far is the checkmark in the options to make them smaller.

    Thanks

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Klay,

    Unfortunately there's only the default (unchecked for medium) and small size icons available on the taskbar by default.

    You might see if increasing the DPI size to say 125% (120 DPI) may help to increase them and everything else to make easier to see and use.

    DPI Display Size Settings - Change - Windows 7 Help Forums

    OR

    DPI Scaling Size - Change for Displays in Windows 8.1

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Last edited by Brink; 25 Jul 2013 at 12:56. Reason: addition
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    There is a registry method on this link:

    Taskbar - Change Icon Button Width Size - Windows 7 Help Forums

    OR

    How to Customize the Size of the Windows 7 Taskbar Icons: 7 Steps


    I looked at my registry & it looked the same as in win 7.
    I have 8 Pro.

    EDIT-- Thanks for adding another tutorial.

    A note : The smallest numbers usable are 32X56.
    Maybe too big for a 10" screen...
    Last edited by David Bailey; 25 Jul 2013 at 11:44.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Brink's method will do it, you have to set that extra 120 % - I'm the reverse, I want to the small icons. It's because my screen is so big, I can stick mroe icons on it and they are all sufficient in size without being 120%ed. But there is also a setting on the Taskbar Properties, "use large icons in taskbar" - That will give it a little more of a boost in size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Brink's method will do it, you have to set that extra 120 % - I'm the reverse, I want to the small icons. It's because my screen is so big, I can stick mroe icons on it and they are all sufficient in size without being 120%ed. But there is also a setting on the Taskbar Properties, "use large icons in taskbar" - That will give it a little more of a boost in size.
    Changing the size to 125% helped a little, now they will just have to deal with everything being bigger as well. So, thanks for the help!

    Also, just to clarify, there is no "use large icons in taskbar" option, just a checkbox to make them smaller (which is already unchecked.)
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    You're welcome Klay. I hope that the 125% won't have everything to large for them.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    The 125% thing was making my taskbar icons huge even with "make taskbar icons small" checked. Now, on the Desktop, you can set the Icons for Classic View, which will reduce them a little. It's Right CLick, View, Small Icons. Then they'll be a little smaller, although larger than usual.
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    See the 'EDIT' for solution


    EDIT: If in Personalize Display you use the gray drop-down box and select 'Icon', but make its TEXT a huge size like '13', you get something approximating 'medium' for ALL the icons in taskbar and desktop toolbar. I just did that, mimicking the setting I have in one of my Win7 machine themes. It worked well. Presumably if that size is too small for your taste, then increase the font size from '13' to something higher. Effect is immediate.

    Don't forget to save the theme. Original post, now kinda obsolete, follows below the === marks.
    ==========
    Yeah, they are always too big or too small no matter what you do. There are TWO settings, though. For desktop icons, you have to right click while in that toolbar and when you see 'View', hover on it and a flyout will give you the option of 'large' icons or 'small', not medium. So small is soooo small that you must put your nose in the screen to see them, and large is soooo large that it's intrusive even from three feet away.

    So I tried all the bit about sizing the text, the individual sizings in 8.0 and 8.1 with individual things like the Title versus Icon, etc. All are disatisfactory. But there's one more option to try: using the old Win95/98/XP/Vista 'Plus!' themes which used to be in Program Files. If I put an old theme with the right sizes and colors in the Themes folder, and then click on THEMES.exe -- the whole Plus! folder has to be in Win8's own Program Files directory for this to work -- if I then click on THEMES.exe, it gives me my list of themes, and then I make sure to only tick the fonts and colors (lest it override the actual Win8 theme entirely). Then it works. Win8.1 later updates might reset the fonts, but I put Themes.exe in my taskbar so can click it quickly.

    So now the question is, will it also resize the icons. Not sure. Will test. If I don't report success later on, I didn't have success (at least not yet).

    One good thing to come out of this, is proof how much better the XP interface really was. If only they retained the OPTION of keeping it and just made changes under the hood, or didn't make MANDATORY their new horrible GUIs (and bad search, Vista forward). Makes you realize how productive, you once were.
    Last edited by brainout; 03 Jul 2015 at 14:52. Reason: SEE 'EDIT', found a solution
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