How to Change Taskbar (Start menu) Alignment to the Left in Windows 11

This post describes steps to change the taskbar alignment in Windows 11. Icons on the taskbar are center aligned by default in Windows 11.

For users who are used to having the Start menu to the left of their screen similar to Windows 10, the steps below will them how to do that.

Windows 11 has a setting to change the default configuration that lets users decide whether icons or the start menu should align to the left or center.

Below is how to do that.

How to align the taskbar (start menu) to the left in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows 11 has a setting to change the default configuration that lets you decide whether icons should align to the left or center.

Below is how to align the taskbar in Windows 11

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start menu settings updated

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. On Windows Settings app, click the Personalization on the left, then select the Taskbar tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

windows 11 personalization taskbar

On the System > Personalization > Taskbar settings pane, select the Taskbar behaviors tile to expand.

Next, select the Taskbar alignment tile, then change the option to Left as highlighted below to align the taskbar to the left of the screen.

windows 11 taskbar alignment left

How to change taskbar alignment to the center

If the taskbar is aligned to the left and you want to restore its default location which is the center, reverse the steps above.

Go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar. Under Taskbar behaviors, change the option for Taskbar alignment option to Center as highlighted below.

windows 11 taskbar alignment center

That should do it! You can now close Windows settings app.


This post showed you how to align Windows 11 taskbar to the left or center of the screen. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment below to report.

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