How to change the width of Windows taskbar buttons

You can easily add or remove text beside icons in the taskbar with a shortcut key using Taskbar Labels, but what can you do, if it is impossible to read information displayed by various programs on these buttons, because the default button size, even when text is activated, is not enough?

For example, Deluge, an otherwise great application, displays its name before download and upload rates, making impossible for users to see on the taskbar real-time updates. These days, when so many people use large screens, there is no reason why those buttons aren’t larger. When you open a lot of programs, they can shrink accordingly, until then, let’s give them some space!

To make taskbar buttons wider than their default size, open regedit and navigate to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

Create there a new String with the name MinWidth. Double click on MinWidth and give it a value from 38 to 500. A value of 250-300 would give your taskbar buttons enough space to display useful information.

* Use Taskbar Labels to return instantly to icon-only buttons, when you don’t wish to have visible any text at all.