Although Windows has always placed its taskbar at the bottom of the screen by default, many users prefer to place it at the top or even on the left or right side. Windows 11 does not provide a menu option for moving the taskbar to any location, but with a simple registry adjustment (or two), you can place it at the top of the screen.
Please note that since Microsoft does not support this taskbar movement, there are some errors related to it. When you move the taskbar to the top, the Start menu moves up but aligns with the upper left corner, even if the taskbar icon remains centered. The system tray is in the upper right corner where it belongs, but if you click on the clock, speaker or notification, their pop-up menu will appear in the lower right corner. However, the search menu is still aligned to the center.
If you want the icons on the taskbar to appear above the Start menu, you can choose to align them to the left at any time (see below for more details). If you can tolerate the strange position of the pop-up menu and want your taskbar to be at the top, follow the steps below.
How to move the taskbar to the top on Windows 11
1. Open registrationYou can get there by typing “regedit” or searching for “regedit” in the “Run” menu (Windows + R). If prompted for confirmation, please say yes.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerStuckRects3.
3. Open the settings key Double-click it to edit it.
4. Change the fifth value in the second row from “03” to “01”. You can do this by deleting 03 and then typing 01. Click “OK”.
5. If you use multiple monitors and want the taskbar on these screens to be at the top, you should Change the same value to 01 For all registry keys in the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerMMStuckRects3 folder. If you do not have multiple monitors, this folder will not exist.
6. Close registration.
7. Start the command prompt in administrative modeYou can do this by searching for “cmd”, right-clicking on the top result and selecting “Run as administrator”. If prompted for confirmation, click Yes.
8. Stop and restart the explorer.exe process By typing taskkill /f /im explorer.exe Then press Enter Start Explorer.exe.
At this point, you should see your taskbar at the top of the Windows 11 desktop, and you can announce that you are done. However, if you want to align the Start button and other icons to the left so that they match the position of the Start menu, follow the steps below.
How to align the taskbar icons to the left
1. Right click on the taskbar with Choose taskbar settings.
2. Expand taskbar behavior By clicking on it.
3. Select left Align from the taskbar.
The icon should now be on the left.
If you want to return to the bottom taskbar, just change the “01” in HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerStuckRects3 back to “03”.