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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 comes with a redesigned Taskbar that features 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 of the legacy capabilities, such as the ability to move the Taskbar around.

The reason why you can’t move the Taskbar on Windows 11 is that this is a completely new design and moving it around the screen is a challenging process. 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 of 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 any of the screen sides 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 that you have created a full backup of your system before proceeding.

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:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects3
  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 you 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.