The new Windows 11 comes with a revamped Taskbar with centered icons and an elegant theme. Unfortunately, unlike Windows 10, there is no option to change the location of the taskbar, at least on the initial version of the insider. However, you can always move the taskbar to the top with a few simple clippings. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to move the taskbar to the top in Windows 11.
Move the Taskbar to the top of Windows 11 PC
Windows 10 allowed users to change the location of the taskbar to the left, right, or top. However, we cannot find such an option in Windows 11 Insider preview. That said, it is still possible to move and change the location of the taskbar by making a quick change in the log.
All you have to do is change a value in the Registry Editor and then restart Windows Explorer. Both steps are detailed below.
Step 1- Edit Registry
1. Print Vince + R to open Run. Here, write Regedit and press Enter. You can also open the Registry Editor by manually searching from the Start menu.
2. In the address bar of the Registry Editor, paste: HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer StuckRects3. You cand also manually navigate to the StuckRects3 key.
3. Right click on it StuckRects3 key in the sidebar and tap Export. Save it to your desktop- this will serve as a backup if something goes wrong or if you want to make changes.
4. Now, double click on it Settings value.
5. Here, click on the value 03 under FE in row 00000008, as shown in the screenshot below.
6. Print DI pull out 03 and type 01 in contrast.
7. Click on it OK. Next, close the Registry Editor.
Step 2- Restart the Explorer
1. Open Task Manager on your computer. You can open it by clicking CTRL + Shift + Esc simultaneously. If you can’t even figure it out, try one of these ways to open the activity manager.
2. Once the activity manager opens, make sure you are in the Processes tab.
3. Click on it Windows Explorer to select it.
4. Next, tap the Take it back button in the lower right corner. OR right click on Windows Explorer and tap Restart.
Here we go. Your Windows 11 taskbar will be moved instantly to the top, similar to the macOS menu bar. Note that restarting the explorer is an important step– it won’t work if you don’t do it.
Can I Move the Taskbar Left or Right?
You may be wondering what if we replace the value with 02 or 04 to move the activity bar to the right or left corner? Well, we replaced the value with 02, and it didn’t work well. The taskbar moves to the right but appears as a blank stripe and continues to glitch. So, it doesn’t work, at least for now.
Move the Taskbar Back to the Bottom
If you want to return to the default location on the taskbar, that is, at the bottom of the screen, you have two options. Either repeat the steps and replace the value 01 with 03 in Registry Editor or double-click the exported .reg file we created for the backup and confirm the UAC prompt.
This will restore the original registry file without modification. In both cases, you need to restart Windows Explorer through the activity manager. It’s a mandatory step – simply restarting your PC won’t notice the changes.
Bonus- Move Taskbar Icons to the Left
The taskbar in Windows 11 has all the icons centered in the middle, including the Start button. If you don’t like this approach, you can go back to the older style by going in Settings > Customization > Taskbar > Taskbar Behaviors and change the alignment to Center.
Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide on how you can move Windows 11 Taskbar icons and Start Button to the left corner.
It was all about how you can change the position of the taskbar in Windows 11 and move it to the top. I hope this helps people who used the top taskbar in earlier versions of Windows. Try and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks.
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