How to Move Windows 11 Taskbar to Left

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This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to move or restore Windows 11 taskbar to the left of the screen, similar to previous versions of Windows.

By default, Windows 11 comes with its taskbar centered in the middle of your screen. This might be ok for some, but for others, it’s confusing and takes time getting used to.

If you want to restore or move the taskbar to the left of your screen, the steps below will show you how to do that. This is all done in the Windows Settings.

Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with moving Windows 11 taskbar to the left, follow the steps below:

Open Windows 11 Settings

To make this change, you will need to go to Windows Settings pane. There are many ways to open the Settings pane.

One way is to press Windows + i keys on your keyboard. Another is to click the Start menu and select the “Settings” gear icon as shown below.

windows 11 settings button

When Settings pane opens, click “Personalization” in the sidebar, then select “Taskbar” as shown in the image below.

windows 11 taskbar settings

In the Taskbar settings, click Taskbar behaviors. Next click the drop-down menu beside “Taskbar Alignment.”

windows 11 taskbar alignment

After that, the taskbar should immediately be aligned to the left similar to previous versions of Windows.

windows 11 start button left

If you want to go back to the default taskbar alignment, go back to the Settings page and reverse the changes above and the taskbar will be centered.

Move Taskbar to left from registry

The above steps can be done from Windows registry. The registry allows to force this settings for user profiles on the machine.

To change the Taskbar location, open Windows registry by searching for regedit.

The browse to the location path below:

 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
windows 11 taskbar registry

Double click to open TaskbarAI and change the REG_DWORD value:

0 = Left
1 = Center

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to align Windows 11 taskbar to the left of Windows screen similar to previous versions. If you find any error above, please use the comment below to report.

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