How to move Taskbar to top or side on Windows 11

Yes, it's still possible to change the Windows 11 Taskbar position, but you need to use this workaround.

Windows 11 taskbar at the top
  • On Windows 11, to move the Taskbar, edit the “Settings” binary key in the “StuckRects3” Registry key.
  • The 01 value moves Taskbar to the top.
  • The 02 value moves Taskbar to the right.
  • The 00 value moves Taskbar to the left.
  • The 03 value moves Taskbar to the bottom.

Windows 11 has a redesigned Taskbar with a center alignment for the Start menu and app buttons, a new notification area, new effects and animations, and more. Although it introduces many welcome improvements, it also removes some legacy capabilities, such as the ability to move the Taskbar around.

You can’t move the Taskbar on Windows 11 because this is an entirely new design, and moving it around the screen is challenging. Microsoft has explained that only moving the Taskbar to the right side suddenly changes the entire design (including the Start menu and apps), and the current interface and animations are designed for the bottom placement. As a result, the work that implicates it was not worth the effort since there was not enough demand.

If you are among those who like the Taskbar on another location (such as at the top, left, or right side), it’s still possible to move it. The only caveat is that you can only complete this task by editing the Registry.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to change the Taskbar position to the different sides of the screen on Windows 11. (See also the video tutorial explaining these instructions.)

Warning: Modifying the Windows Registry can cause serious problems if not used properly. It’s assumed you know what you’re doing and has created a full backup of your system before proceeding. Also, I’ve received reports from users that this may or may not work after upgrading to version 22H2. As always, use these instructions at your own risk.

Move Taskbar position on Windows 11

To move the Taskbar to the top, left, right, or bottom of the screen on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 11.

  2. Search for regedit and click the top result to open the Registry Editor.

  3. Browse the following path:

  4. Double-click the Settings binary key.

  5. Under the “Value data” section, in the second row and the sixth column, click the 03 value, press the Delete key, and replace the value with 01 to move the Windows 11 Taskbar at the top of the screen.

    Windows 11 change taskbar position

  6. Change the 03 value to 02 to move the Taskbar on the right side of the screen.

  7. Change the 03 value to 00 to move the Taskbar on the left side of the screen.

  8. Change the value to 03 to move the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the OK button.

  10. Right-click the Start button and select the Task Manager option.

  11. Click the Processes tab.

  12. Select the Windows Explorer process.

    Windows 11 restart explorer service

  13. Click the Restart button.

Once you complete the steps, the Windows 11 Taskbar will move to the top or either side of the screen as specified in the binary key.

While you can still change the Taskbar position, this is not a supported feature on Windows 11, which means that this behavior may not work as expected.

Move Taskbar to top with third-party tool

Alternatively, if you can’t use the Registry settings, you may be able to use third-party tools to move the Taskbar to the top of the screen. For example, ExplorerPatcher is a free solution that brings back the classic design of the Taskbar with the legacy functionalities, such as the ability to change the bar position. It’s not a perfect solution, but if you want to reposition settings, this might be the best free option.

To move the Taskbar to the top of the screen with ExplorerPatcher, use these steps:

  1. Open ExplorerPatcher GitHub page.

  2. Under the “Assets” section, click the ep_setup.exe link to download the app.

    ExplorerPatche download

  3. Confirm you want to keep the file in the web browser (if applicable).

  4. Double-click the file to install the app. (It might take a while to apply.)

  5. Right-click the Taskbar and select the Properties option.

  6. Click on Taskbar.

  7. Use the “Taskbar style” setting and select the “Windows 10” option.

  8. Use the “Primary taskbar location on screen” setting and select the Top option to move the Taskbar to the top of the screen. (You also have the option to move it to the left or right side.)

    Taskbar move top option

  9. (Optional) Use the “Start button style” setting and select the “Windows 11” option.

  10. (Optional) Use the “Combine taskbar icons on the primary taskbar” setting and select the Always combine option.

  11. Click on Start menu.

  12. Use the “Start menu style” setting and select the “Windows 11” option.

    Windows 11 Start menu style

  13. Click the Restart File Explorer option in the bottom-left corner (if you don’t see the changes).

After you complete the steps, you can start using the Taskbar from the top of the screen.

Update March 1, 2023: Microsoft warns that apps like ExplorerPatcher and StartAllBack can cause booting issues on Windows 11 after installing the update KB5022913 or higher releases.

Update March 2, 2023: The developer of ExplorerPatcher has released an updated version of the tool that fixes the problem and works with the new update of Windows 11.