How to move the taskbar in Windows 11

One of the first things you’ll notice about Windows 11 is that its taskbar centers its icons (including the Start menu) in the center. macOS users may appreciate this similarity to their Mac operating system, but longtime Windows users may not like it and would prefer to see the Start menu icon back in the bottom left corner, as has been the case with many versions of Windows in the past year. past. If you can’t stand seeing those icons in the middle of your Windows 11 taskbar, you can breathe a sigh of relief: There’s a way to fix it.

If you have muscle memory from Windows’ past, and really want to get the taskbar back to its original place, we have good news for you — the taskbar can be moved easily in just a few steps. Here’s how to do just that.

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It is currently not possible to drag and move the entire taskbar to the right, left, or top of the screen. This option was removed in earlier versions of Windows 11. If you really want to do that, make sure to stick with Windows 10. We only talked about icon orientation in this post.

How to move the taskbar

You can move the taskbar via the Taskbar Settings menu. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Right click on the taskbar. Just as everything is running in Windows 10, you can start the process of moving the taskbar by right-clicking on any open space within it. You will then see a pop-up menu displaying Taskbar settings choice.

Taskbar settings in Windows 11.

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Step 2: Select that option, and it will open a new settings menu. Alternatively, you can also open the settings app and search Taskbar settings.

Step 3: There should be subsections at the bottom Taskbar settings screen that says Taskbar behavior. Select that section to expand it. From here, search Taskbar alignment.

The taskbar on the left of the screen in Windows 11 and the Taskbar Settings screen.

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Step 4: Select the drop-down menu on the right Taskbar alignmentand select Left from the drop-down menu.

Step 5: Once you select this, the taskbar will return to the left side of the screen automatically. No reboot required — the changes are instant. Your taskbar and Beginning The menu will return to the position it had on Windows 10, helping to make it look like it did on older versions of Windows.

Other changes you can make

Since you’re in the taskbar settings menu, you might want to adjust some other taskbar settings.

Step 1: If you don’t like seeing the number of notifications, you can disable badges. To do so, navigate to Taskbar behavior subsection again, then uncheck the box next to it Show badges on taskbar apps.

Step 2: You can also display the taskbar on all your displays (if you have multiple displays) and enable the ability to select a corner to display the desktop.

To do any of the above, go to Taskbar behavior again and check the box next to the respective option:

  • Show my taskbar on all displays
  • Select the far corner of the taskbar to display the desktop

Step 3: And if you’re the type of person who prefers to keep the taskbar clean, you can disable icons for various system apps on the taskbar and even turn off icons for different system items. That includes search, task view, chat, and widgets. To do this, open it Taskbar settingsthen select Taskbar items. Then turn off or on each taskbar button listed.

Frequently asked questions

Why can’t I move the taskbar in Windows 11?

While you can change the alignment of the Taskbar (from centering icons in the middle to aligning them to the left side of the taskbar), you can’t actually move the entire taskbar itself, for example, the top or sides of the screen. your screen. According to Microsoftthe setting to be able to move the taskbar to the top and sides of your screen is missing in Windows 11.

How to move taskbar from center to left?

You can realign taskbar icons in Windows 11 from the center to the left side of the screen using Taskbar Settings in the Windows 11 Settings app. For detailed instructions on how to do this, please see the “How to move the taskbar” section of this article.

Is Windows 11 better than Windows 10?

The answer depends on your computing needs. If you need help deciding between these two versions of the Windows operating system, you should read our Windows 11 and Windows 10 comparison guide.

And if you need more information about what Windows 11 has to offer you, check out our Windows 11 review.

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