How to Move the Taskbar to the left in Windows 11

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 to get 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 the 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.

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

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

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

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

Move the Taskbar to the left from the registry

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

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

Browse to the location path below:


Double-click to open TaskbarAI and change the REG_DWORD value:

0 = Left
1 = Center


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

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