The size of the icons in the Notification area (and Taskbar) are controlled by the size of Caption Buttons in "Display Properties."
A right click of the Desktop will offer Properties as a choice.
Left click that, and in the dialog box that opens, select the Appearance tab.
At the lower right will be an Advanced button. Push that to get to where we need to be.
In the lower section of this new window there is a small drop-down menu box.
Left click the small "v" on the right end to see all the options. Choose Caption Buttons.
Just to the right of the small drop-down menu window will be displayed the size at which these buttons are rendered. Adjust up or down as you wish, and the upper section of the dialog box will change to reflect the size change. The size of the Taskbar icons will not change until you click Apply.
When you "Apply," a small bule box will appear in the middle of the screen and say "Please Wait." For a time the desktop will dim and perhaps lose color. This is normal. After a few moments, the desktop will return to normal and the size of the icons will change.
SeventhWave, Right click your Taskbar and unlock it then put your cursor over the upper edge of the Taskbar untill it turns into a 2 sided arrow then hold your left mouse button down and drag it downwards till it's the size you want and release the left mouse button. You can then lock the Taskbar again.
You've no doubt made it here because you are baffled as to why your icons in your notification area, task bar, and the all programs icons in the start menu have become large and pixelated. Why did it happen? No one really knows for sure. I believe it happened to me one day when I held down shift for 8 secs and an accessibility window popped up asking if I wanted to turn on filter keys. "Hell no!" I said. When I closed the window, my icons blew-up. To this day I've never been able to repeat this error.
The solution? It's easy! Right click on the desktop and select properties. Next, go to the 'appearance' tab. Then select anything under 'Windows and buttons', even if it is the one that is already set. This now brings up the 'Apply' button. Hit 'Apply'!
Your icons and task bar should now be the right size. The pixelation should go away at the next restart.
I created a new account just to say how right 5kank is. I've searched all around the inter-tubes and this is and forever will be the quickest and easiest solution, not to mention the actual solution to the problem. Thanks, skank!
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