So this post will take a little bit different angle than the last few. That is, once again, I am going to write about Windows 7 themes in Vista stuff. As the title says, you will come to know how to change the size of the taskbar (with buttons) size easily without playing with the registry values.
Once you install Windows 7 theme in Vista, you will get the below look. That is, you won’t get larger buttons like in Windows 7.
Here is a small utility that helps you to make it like Windows 7. Taskbar utility is a small utility which allows you to increase/decrease the taskbar size without any woes. I have given the download link at the end of this post. Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) is required to run Taskbar Resize Tool. So, you need to install this small program before running the Taskbar Resize Tool. Below are the directions.
Step 1: Download and install Microsoft Visual C++ 2008. As said before, you must need it.
Step 2: Download (link provided at the end of this article) and extract the Taskbar Resize Tool to the Desktop or any other location.
Step 3: Open the “en-US” folder and run Taskbar Resize.exe file to start the program.
Step 4: Set the size of the Taskbar by moving the slider to the left or right.
Step 5: Click on the Apply button to see the change.
You can also use the Auto startup feature of Taskbar Resize Tool to run the program at startup only. You can look out for themes which give the same look without this trick as well.
NOTE: If you love customizing the Windows 7 taskbar, you might like our 7 free tools to customize Windows 7 taskbar guide.