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On Windows 7 there is an option under Properties for the Taskbar called "Use small icons" which will make the Taskbar a little more narrow and, of course, the icons a little more tiny. The annoying thing is that the Start button does not get smaller like the icons do and it sticks out and covers up part of whatever is beneath it.

Is there a way to make not cover things up/be smaller?

Example

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    The use of third-party software would be required. – Ramhound Aug 25 '16 at 19:03
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Is there a way to make the start button not cover things up/be smaller?

You will need to use a 3rd party product, for example Classic Start Menu.

The Start Button is configurable, with both built in buttons and the possibility to use a user defined button.

You can see the Start Button settings at the bottom of this dialog:

http://www.classicshell.net/features/

Here is my taskbar:

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Disclaimer

I am not affiliated with Classic Shell with in any way, I am just an end user of their software.

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