If an extra padding space or gap appears underneath the Taskbar icons, even when the Taskbar is in single row (default width), this has to do with the icon size for the custom toolbar in the Taskbar. This image better illustrates this.
To reduce the padding, try one of these steps:
Option 1: Use Large Icons for Taskbar
Right-click Taskbar, and click Properties
Uncheck Use small taskbar buttons.
With this done, the padding or gap is reduced considerably.
Option 2: Use Small Icons for Taskbar Toolbar
To fully remove the gap or padding area for a better looking Taskbar, right-click Taskbar and uncheck Lock the taskbar.
Right-click on the caption of your Taskbar toolbar.
(In this case, I’m using the built-in Links toolbar.)
Click the View menu, and click Small Icons
Repeat this for every other toolbar added to the taskbar, and lock the Taskbar.
That’s it! This is how it now looks like.
Still doesn’t help? See Completely Reset The Taskbar Settings To Defaults.
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