How to Move the Taskbar in Windows 11

As one of the UI changes to the home screen in Windows 11, Microsoft has made the taskbar icons centered by default. Apparently, the realignment of the “Start” button and taskbar is to address a design problem for large monitor and tablet users. The previous layout meant they needed to “travel” to interact with the start button.

How to Move the Taskbar in Windows 11

Luckily, it doesn’t need to stay in the middle. If you prefer it on the left, read on to learn how to reposition it, plus other home screen customization ideas.

How to Move the Taskbar to the Left

Follow these steps to move the taskbar to the bottom left:

  1. Launch Windows 11 and right-click on the taskbar.
  2. From the pop-up menu, select “Taskbar Settings.”
  3. Locate the “Taskbar behaviors” section and choose “Taskbar alignment.”
  4. Set the alignment to “Left.”

How to Move the Taskbar to the Top of the Screen

You can also move the taskbar to the top of the screen. Here’s how:

  1. Hit the “Windows +R” keys and enter a search for “regedit.”
  2. In the location address field, enter the following:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects3
  3. Double-click on “Settings,” then double-click on the “03” cell and change it to “01,” then click “OK.”
  4. Once you restart Windows, your taskbar will be at the top of the screen.

How to Move the Taskbar to a Second Monitor

If you use more than one monitor, you can decide which one to position your taskbar on. Here are the steps:

  1. Hit the “Windows + I” keys to launch “Settings.”
  2. Navigate to “System” and “Display.”
  3. From the “Settings” panel, select the second monitor.
  4. Next, expand the “Multiple displays” section.
  5. Check the “Make this my main display” checkbox.
  6. Then back on the home screen, right-click on the taskbar to uncheck the “Lock the taskbar” option.
  7. Lastly, select and hold the taskbar to drag it to your second monitor.

Windows 11 How to Change the Background

You can customize the background by setting a different background image, choosing a solid color, or configuring a sideshow; next up are the steps:

To change your desktop wallpaper:

  1. Choose “Settings” then “Personalization.”
  2. On the right, select the “Background” page.
  3. Then from the “Personalize your background” option, choose “Picture.”
  4. Click on the “Browse photos” button.
  5. Choose the image you wish to use as your desktop background.
  6. Click “Choose picture,” and then it will be displayed as your background.

To set up a solid desktop color:

  1. Go to “Settings,” “Personalization,” then choose the “Background” page.
  2. At the “Personalize your background” setting, select the “Solid color” option.
  3. Choose your background color.
  4. Alternatively, to create your shade of color, go to “Custom colors” and click the “View colors” button.
  5. Create a custom color, then hit “Done.” The solid color you choose will display.

To set up a desktop slideshow:

  1. Go to “Settings” and select “Personalization.”
  2. Choose “Background” on the right.
  3. At “Personalize your background,” choose the “Slideshow” option, then “Browse.”
  4. Choose the folder with the images you want to show in your slide show, and select the “Choose this folder” button.
  5. Then decide how often the pictures should rotate by choosing an option from the “Change picture every” setting.
  6. Once you’re happy with your settings, the desktop will rotate your images on the desktop using your chosen intervals.

FAQs

How do I change the size of the desktop icons in Windows 11?

Here are the steps to resize your desktop icons in Windows 11:

1. Click anywhere on your desktop, then select “View.”

2. From the “View” menu, select the size you want, and it will be applied immediately.

How do I pin an icon to the taskbar?

Follow these steps to pin an icon to your taskbar:

1. Right-click on the app before launching it, then select “Pin to taskbar.”

2. Alternatively, after launching the app, right-click on it via the taskbar.

3. Select “Pin to taskbar” from the options.

4. To unpin it, right-click the app via the taskbar, then select “Unpin from taskbar.”

How do I hide buttons on the taskbar?

Follow these steps if you want to hide default taskbar buttons such as “Search,” “Task View,” “Widgets,” and “Chats:”

1. Right-click on the taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings.”

2. From “Taskbar items,” beside a taskbar button, you can toggle the slider on or off to show or hide the button.

To customize which icons appear in the taskbar corner and which are hidden in the taskbar overflow menu:

1. Head to the “Taskbar corner overflow” section.

2. Then toggle the slider beside the icon you want to show or hide, on or off.

How do I customize how the taskbar behaves?

There are many options in the “Taskbar behaviors” section to customize how your taskbar behaves. Here are the steps:

1. Right-click on the taskbar, and select “Taskbar” then “Settings” from the pop-up menu.

2. Find the “Taskbar behaviors” section, and there you’ll have the following options:

• “Taskbar alignment.”

• “Automatically hide the taskbar.”

• “Show badges (unread messages counter) on taskbar apps.”

• “Show my taskbar on all displays.”

• “Select the far corner of the taskbar to show the desktop.”

3. Use the toggle slider beside a behavior to enable or disable it.

How do I change the color of the taskbar?

Follow these steps to change the color of the taskbar:

1. Navigate to “Start,” “Settings,” “Personalization,” then “Colors.”

2. Choose “Accent color,” then activate “Show accent color on Start and taskbar.”

3. If that option is grayed out, go to “Choose your mode” and use the drop-down menu to change it to “Dark.”

4. Alternatively, change the mode to “Custom” then at “Choose your default Windows mode” set to “Dark.”

Personalizing Windows 11

Microsoft’s latest OS resembles the Apple home screen with its center-aligned taskbar. Luckily, if you prefer the taskbar on the left, you can simply move it there and place it at the top of the page. However, changing the size of your taskbar icons is not as straightforward as Windows 10, and you’ll need to change them in “Registry.” Windows 11 offers many customization options, so hopefully, you’ll have fun trying out different UI looks.

How are you finding Windows 11 so far? What do you like and dislike about it? Tell us all about your Windows 11 experience in the comments section below.

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