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How to align taskbar to the left on Windows 11

You can change the taskbar alignment to the left or center on Windows 11, and here's how.

Windows 11 taskbar alignment left

You can change the Windows 11 taskbar alignment to access the Start menu and other icons from the “left” side by adjusting the feature settings.

Windows 11 includes an updated version of the taskbar that aligns all elements to the center of the screen. While this makes it easier to reach the Start menu and applications (especially on large monitors), many users still prefer the taskbar with items aligned to the left.

Fortunately, the new operating system has a setting to change the default configuration that lets you decide whether icons should align to the left or center.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to change the taskbar alignment on Windows 11.

Change taskbar alignment to the left on Windows 11

To align apps icons to the left side in the taskbar, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click on Taskbar.

    Windows 11 Personalization with Taskbar
    Windows 11 Personalization with Taskbar
  4. Click the Taskbar behaviors option.

    Align taskbar button and Start to left
    Align taskbar button and Start to left
  5. Use the “Taskbar alignment” setting and select the Left option to align icons to the left side

Once you complete the steps, the Start button and other icons will align to the left side of the taskbar, like on Windows 10. (See also this YouTube video tutorial to change the alignment of icons.)

Change taskbar alignment to the center on Windows 11

To align the taskbar to the center, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click on Taskbar.

    Windows 11 Personalization with Taskbar
    Windows 11 Personalization with Taskbar
  4. Click the Taskbar behaviors option.

  5. Use the “Taskbar alignment” setting and select the Center option to align icons to the center side

    Align taskbar and Start to center
    Align taskbar and Start to center

After you complete the steps, the taskbar icons will align on the center.