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Change The Size Of Windows Taskbar Items

Open windows in the Windows Taskbar are always starting on the left side if the taskbar itself is located at the top or bottom of the computer screen. Each window in the Taskbar has a maximum and minimum size. A few open windows usually means that part of the Windows Taskbar is not displaying anything and that the user has to move the mouse to the left side of the screen to interact with the open windows.
What many users do not know is that it is possible to change the size of each Windows Taskbar item so that all of the space of the taskbar will be used no matter if one or ten windows are open. This option can be activated in the Windows Registry. To go there press [Windows R], type [regedit] and press [enter].
Locate the Registry key
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics
Double-click the entry MinWidth and change the default value of 154 pixel to one reflecting the current monitor resolution. You should always subtract about 300 from the monitor resolution and enter this as the value. Users with a resolution of 1024768 would pick 724, those with 12801024 could select 1000 and those with 19201200 could select 1620.
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You can naturally select a different minimum size for each taskbar item depending on your preferences. The setting will have no effect on taskbars that are aligned vertically. The computer has to be rebooted for the changes to take effect. This has been tested on a Windows XP SP3 test system.
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