Windows 11 introduces a new, centered Taskbar, complete with
icons that are grouped in the center of your screen, rather than
the familiar left-hand cornerâ€”a key complaint in our Windows 11 review. That includes the Start menu
button. If this feels weird, here's how to move your Start menu and
Taskbar icons back to where they were in the days of Windows
Why put the Start menu back in the left corner? Muscle memory.
By now, you're probably used to the familiar way of dragging your
mouse cursor down to the left-hand corner and clicking the Start
menu icon to launch an application. With the Windows 11 layout, you
can't unconsciously do this. In fact, as more icons add themselves
to your Windows 11 Taskbar, the Start menu slides farther and
farther to the left.
The default layout for the Windows 11 Taskbar is to put all
icons in the center.
What this means is that you'll consciously have to hunt down the
Start icon, rather than simply dragging your mouse to the corner.
It's the PC equivalent of hunting for the TV remote.
Fortunately, there's an easy fix. And when you slide the Taskbar
icons over to the left, you'll find that the Start menu opens up in
the left-hand corner, too.
1. Right-click the Windows 11 taskbar, in the blank space that
other icons aren't occupying. You'll see one option, for
2. Clicking that will open the generic Windows 11 Settings menu,
specifically Personalization > Taskbar. Scroll down to
the bottom and click Taskbar behaviors.
3. Under the first entry, Taskbar alignment, click the
only other option, Left. This will automatically slide all
of the Taskbar icons to the left, approximating the organization
that accompanied Windows 10. That's all you need to do.
Simply scroll down the Taskbar page until you can find the
alignment option. Click the Taskbar behaviors dropdown menu to
reveal the alignment options.
Unfortunately, Windows 11 doesn't allow you to do some things
that Windows 10 allowed you to do, such as physically move the
Taskbar to the top, bottom or sides of the screen. You also can't
widen or narrow it. Feel free to play around with the other options
within the Settings, however, to tweak Windows 11's taskbar
Check out our Windows 11 superguide, where you can find all
of our tips, tricks, FAQs and more.