How to move Windows 11 task bar to side or top?

The all-new Windows 11 is here, but sadly it does miss out on a few features that you loved so much in the previous versions of the operating system. The behavior of the taskbar is one of the issues that you are likely to find quite strange and unique. Want to know how to move Windows 11 taskbar to the side or top? let us try to explore.

Windows 11 came to the world with a bang. Users like us find it one of the unique options with a unique and great experience ever. But, the taskbar behaviour may be something that you may not be much happy about. By default, it may not be easy to move the taskbar to the top or right on Windows 11, in sharp contrast to what you used to do in Windows 10.

Where is Windows 11 Task bar located?

In sharp contrast to the predecessors of Windows 11, you would find the taskbar is located at the bottom of the screen and cannot be moved to the left or right side. Yes, you heard that right, Windows 11 does not let you drag the taskbar to the sides or to the top. It is always set to stay at the bottom, and by default, it sits at the centre of your screen.

The previous versions of the Windows operating system always had the start menu or the taskbar at the bottom left side by default. The Windows 11 version now comes with the start menu and taskbar located at the centre of the screen, at the bottom. Having been used to the left aligned taskbar for long, it may come as a little difficult task to get used to the centre aligned taskbar.

Can you move the taskbar on Windows 11 to the bottom left?

It is quite simple and easy to work with the options for working with the movement of the taskbar to the left, or to the bottom left to be precise. The options to move the taskbar to the bottom left lie in the Task bar behavior.

Here is how you can go with the options for enabling the options to moving the taskbar to the bottom left corner. Thee steps are rather easy and simple to go with -
  • Right click anywhere on the task bar
  • Choose the option Task bar settings
  • task bar behaviour
  • . You should find it on the pop up menu, but the so called "pop up menu" comes with one single menu item.
  • This takes you to the option for Personalization > Taskbar screen.
  • Go to the option Task bar behaviour here.
  • centre
  • Expand this option and you should find the choices to enable the taskbar to stay in the left.
That should do it. You have successfully moved the task bar to the bottom left. You can also decide to automatically hide the task bar from this section.

Can you move Windows 11 taskbar to the top?

Windows 11 does not provide you with an option to move the Windows 11 taskbar to anywhere except at the bottom left or centre. However, as the tech enthusiasts like us would let anyone force us to use things as they would want us to, we have a simple registry Editor option that can help you get the taskbar to the top.

Here are the steps involved -
  • Open Registry Editor as an administrator. You can do so by launching RUN dialog box with the Win+ R keys and typing in regedit.
  • Follow the path HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRect3.
  • reg editor
  • Click on the Settings option and this will open the Binary editor.
  • Go to Row 2 (00000008) and look for 5th value below FE and double click on it and change it from "03" to "01"
  • Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.
You may need to stop and restart the Explorer.exe. This can be done by running the commands taskkill /f /im explorer.exe and hitting Enter followed by the command start explorer.exe. That should do it and you should be able to move your task bar to the top.

The Concluding Thoughts

Well, Windows 11 is definitely a great option and provides you access to an enhanced degree of experience. But a few of the new features or the changes from the previous versions tend to be a little challenging to handle. If you are frustrated with the taskbar stuck at the bottom centre, the steps outlined above should ideally be helpful in providing you with a simple idea in moving the task bar to the top or even to the bottom left.


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