I have 14" 16:9 notebook and would like my Windows 10 taskbar have on the (left) side. Unfortunately, although I set it to small icons the bar is pretty wide. Do not you know how to make it thinner?

This is how I would like to have it:

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  • And how does it look like now? – Stackcraft_noob Mar 26 '16 at 13:51
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    This is the minimum achievable width on Windows 10. It’s certainly quite ridiculous. – Daniel B Mar 30 '16 at 6:37
  • @DanielB It may be worth editing that screenshot into the question – Stevoisiak May 9 '17 at 17:40

You could use as tool called "Taskbar Tweaker". After a small search I've heard that it works well with Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. I don't know if it is already implement for Windows 10. According to some beta-tester it should work.

so try this:

  1. Install 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.
  2. Right-click on the Tweaker's tray icon, open advanced options and set no_width_limit to 1. Tweaker tray icon
  3. Then use the no_width_limit advanced option. View of Advanced menu.

  • Install 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and run it. You can close the dialog that is displayed.
  • Make sure to dock the task-bar to the left edge
  • Make sure that it is not locked
  • Make sure that you have selected Use small icons option in the task-bar properties
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    It's not overkill when it's the only think that works. That program is awesome though. – Domino Nov 20 '16 at 5:50
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    Seems to be broken after update to the Windows 10 Creator's update (version 15xxx). – Big-Blue Apr 28 '17 at 9:45
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    Seems to have a beta version out fixing the Creator's issue. – Thell Jul 20 '17 at 21:47
  • As of October 8, 2017, there's a stable release version (v5.6) that does fix the issue with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. I just now tested it out on an up-to-date Windows 10 and it works great. – Yee-Lum Dec 11 '18 at 23:05
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    Where is the "no_width_limit advanced option"? I have installed the latest version and it does not have such options. The photo in the download page also does not show such an option. – Opt Jul 5 '20 at 1:37

Right-click an empty area in the taskbar. Uncheck "Lock the taskbar". You should now be able to drag the edge of it to make it thinner (it works when I try it). Lock the taskbar again if you want to avoid accidentally changing it.

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    This isn't the problem. Windows 10 simply doesn't let you shrink the vertical taskbar past the length of a long date in the clock widget. Disabling the clock doesn't help. – Domino Nov 20 '16 at 5:30
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    @JacqueGoupil I find it doesn't let me shrink the width below the length of the short date format. – Andrew Morton Nov 20 '16 at 18:01
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    I read somewhere that the date is a coincidence - they just put a fixed limit to avoid unclickable buttons on touchscreens. So TaskbarTweaker it is. And I meant AAAA-MM-DD instead of MM/DD when I said long date. – Domino Nov 20 '16 at 18:55

Go into the setting and modify the date/short and long formats to the least characters (count them) you can then make it smaller.

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    This doesn't actually work though. The default width is locked and is irrelevant of the date formats. – xji Jul 18 '18 at 11:48

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