Windows 11: How to move the taskbar to the left

Windows 11: How to move the taskbar to the left

As a bonus, the Windows 11 Start menu now also looks like Windows 10. […]

Windows 11 introduces a new, centered taskbar, complete with icons grouped in the center of the screen instead of the usual left corner. If this feels strange, here’s how to move your taskbar icons back to where they were in Windows 10.

Why would you do that? Muscle memory. By now, you’ve probably gotten used to the familiar way of dragging the mouse cursor down to the left corner and clicking on the Start Menu icon to launch an application. With the Windows 11 layout, you can no longer do this unconsciously. In fact, the more icons add to the Windows 11 taskbar, the Start menu will slide further and further to the left.

The default layout for the Windows 11 taskbar is to place all icons in the center (c) Mark Hachman / IDG

The default layout for the Windows 11 taskbar is to place all icons in the center.

This means that you need to search for the start icon consciously, rather than simply dragging it into the corner with the mouse. This is the PC equivalent of searching for the TV remote.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution. If you slide the taskbar icons to the left, the Start menu will also open in the left corner.

1.Right–click on the Windows 11 taskbar, in the empty space that is not occupied by other icons. An option for the taskbar settings will appear.

blank(c) Mark Hachman / IDG

2.Clicking on it will open the general Windows 11 settings menu, in particular Personalization > Taskbar. Scroll all the way down and click Taskbar Behavior.

3.Under the first entry, Taskbar Orientation, click on the only other option, Left. This will automatically move all taskbar icons to the left, which corresponds to the organization in Windows 10. That’s all you need to do.

blankJust scroll down the taskbar page until you find the “Orientation” option. Click the Taskbar Behavior drop-down menu to view the alignment options (c) Mark Hachman / IDG

Unfortunately, with Windows 11 you can not do some things that you could do with Windows 10, such as physically moving the taskbar to the top, bottom or side of the screen. You also can not widen or reduce them. However, you are welcome to play around with the other options in the settings to further optimize the taskbar of Windows 11.

Check out our Windows 11 Super guide for all our tips, tricks, FAQs and more.

* As senior editor of PCWorld, Mark Hachman focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other topics.

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