You can move the Windows 11 Taskbar, but you probably shouldn't

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

What you need to know

  • A Registry hack allows you to move the Windows 11 Taskbar to the top of the screen.
  • It's not recommended to use the hack to move the Taskbar.
  • Over 6,000 people have requested the ability to move the Taskbar through the Feedback Hub.

Since the first Windows 11 preview build rolled out, people have been running the operating system through its paces. Testers have eagerly tried out new features and shared feedback to improve the operating system. A common request shared online is to add the ability to move the Windows 11 Taskbar to other parts of the screen. There isn't an official option to do this yet, but that hasn't stopped people from finding a way.

As explained by groovyPost, you can force the Windows 11 Taskbar to appear on the top of your screen through a Registry hack. While this hack makes it technically possible to move the Taskbar, it's probably not worth trying right now.

Windows 11 is only available through preview builds at the moment, so it's already going to have bugs and stability issues, which is normal for Insider builds. Adding a Registry hack on top of that isn't recommended.

In addition to a Registry hack not being recommended, it might not be needed in the future. Windows 11 is months away from an official release. Microsoft could add an option to move the Taskbar to the top of the screen before the OS comes out later this year.

Source: groovyPost (Image credit: Source: groovyPost)

An item in the official Feedback Hub asks for Microsoft to bring back the ability to move the Taskbar to the top and sides of the screen. That entry already has 6,665 upvotes and over 200 comments. We'll have to wait to see if Microsoft listens to the feedback.

If you absolutely must play around with the Taskbar, groovyPost has steps for the Registry hack. Alternatively, you can move the Start menu in the new Taskbar to the left of the screen through a native setting within Windows 11. This doesn't move the Taskbar but may make your Start menu feel a bit more familiar.

To move the Start menu, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Personalization.
  3. Select Taskbar.
  4. Select Taskbar behaviors.
  5. Toggle the Taskbar alignment to "Left" or "Center."
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15 Comments
  • I am a left task bar user from day one .. if they don't make it possible for me to move it wherever I want then I will not upgrade .. this is terrible. Laptops have those narrow screens and it is more useful to have my taskbar on the sides
  • I think Windows 11 Start menu and taskbar still needs quite some work. Compared to Windows 10, they feel less mature. Hopefully, by release or second major update, it achieves feature parity.
    No rush updating to Windows 11 for me. I will put it on some experimental machines, but the main desktops and laptops are Windows 10 for now.
  • The top makes sense but I think having the taskbar on the sides will interfere with the flyouts. More specifically the widgets and such
  • Its never really stopped the flyouts on 10. If coded like 10, it shouldn't be an issue.
  • Widgets flyout must be movable to the other side, deactivable or can be triggered by a shortcut if one don't want to use gesture.
  • I'm not bothered enough to change the registry but I also don't like having the taskbar on the bottom. It's almost always less convenient in tablet mode, and feels more in-the-way than using it on the top or sides.
  • It's weird that at the same time as starting to allow edge tabs on the side, they prevent Taskbar on the side
  • I had this same thought. Browser
    "Never before done! Browser with tabs on the side!" Taskbar
    "Taskbar on the sides is so last year."
  • I've had the Taskbar on the top for as long as I can remember.
    Now it's on the bottom.
    Takes a bit getting used to, but I don't really see a reason to move it again.
  • I will wait for Windows 11 to be launched and then make a judgement on the new OS. Not a big issue for me. Speed of operation and reliability is more important in my world
  • Windows 11: less customization
  • I am not a user that moves my taskbar to the sides or top but this is an easy option to keep. Even with the start menu, with its animation can change accordingly. If the Taskbar is on the left or right that the Start Menu pops out from the left or right. If the Taskbar is on the top the Start Menu pops out from above. The flyout either needs to come from the other side of the Taskbar if the taskbar is placed on the left or right. This is easier said than coded but it shouldn't be too complicated.
    This seems like something simple to add and not feel less like Windows 11.
  • Can't make the ugly black Taskbar transparent?
  • Hopefully TaskbarX comes up with a solution for Windows 11 like they did for Windows 10.
  • Yup.... Long way to go... Lack of personalization and speed will keep me from installing 11 on my daily pc. Slow, and can't personalize...