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This free app lets you move the Windows 11 Taskbar to the top of the screen

Windows 11 Taskbar Icons Surfacepro
Windows 11 Taskbar Icons Surfacepro (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • A free app called Taskbar11 allows you to move the Windows 11 Taskbar to the top of your screen.
  • Windows 11 does not have the option to move the Taskbar by default.
  • Several developers have created apps to allow people to customize the Windows 11 Taskbar.

Windows 11 lacks the option to move the Taskbar to the top of the screen. This omission has caused frustration among many Windows users, especially those that moved the Taskbar in previous versions of Windows. A new app called Taskbar11 allows you to place the Taskbar at the top of your screen when running Windows 11. The app is free and available on GitHub.

In addition to allowing people to move the Taskbar to the top of their screen, the app can customize some Taskbar settings. Many of these can also be customized directly through Windows 11 but adding options within Taskbar 11 allows people to control more aspects of the Taskbar from one place.

Source: Jetspiking via GitHub (Image credit: Source: Jetspiking via GitHub)

Taskbar11 can resize Taskbar icons, move the Taskbar, and enable or disable elements such as Search. Here are the features added in its most recent release:

  • Select taskbar alignment (left or centered).
  • Enable / disable taskbar icons
  1. Search
  2. Task View
  3. Widgets
  4. Chat
  • Enable / disable taskbar corner icons
  1. Pen
  2. Touch Keyboard
  3. Virtual Keyboard
  • Adjust taskbar behaviour
  1. Auto hide

There are other apps that allow you to customize the look of Windows 11, but some of them cost money. Taskbar11 is a free app that allows you to move the Taskbar.

Sean Endicott
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Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

9 Comments
  • I have heard from very few who want it on top. Most people want to be able to put it on the side.
  • I agree that an app to move the Taskbar to the side would be better, but you take what you can get, right?
  • Same. Side, and auto-hide. I haven't tried W11 yet but hat widgets panel looks like it's going to get in the way.
  • We dont need any app for this simple things, MS should give us that option, ok not on side, but they can give the option to move it to top atleast
  • #Coming soon to a desktop near you lol. Joking aside, we are going to have to wait a few weeks to get these basic features back. There was really no need to launch W11 now... Microsoft could have waited until it had alot more polish.
  • I'll think about upgrading to W11 when an app lets me ungroup apps and add labels back in on the taskbar.
  • The registry hack I did prevented taskbar icons from working when multiple windows of it were open (E.g., multiple Edge windows open). I couldn't click on those icons when this happened. Does this app fix that?
  • I got a free app already and it's called Windows 11.
  • Agreed Its FREE!!!!! , they are not making you have it for FREE!!!!!!!