As of October 2021, Windows 11 doesn’t allow you to move your taskbar to the top of the screen with an official setting (unlike Windows 10). But we found a way to achieve this by editing the registry – and you can do it with just a few clicks. Here’s how.
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To move your Windows 11 taskbar to the top of the screen, you can either manually modify your Windows registry or download our one-click hack in the section below. First, we’ll show you how to do it yourself.
Warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool. Misuse can make your system unstable or even inoperable. Still, this is an easy hack and if you follow the instructions completely you shouldn’t have any problems. If you’ve never used Registry Editor, it’s a good idea to learn how to use it before you begin. We also recommend backing up the registry (and your computer) before making any changes.
To manually show the taskbar at the top of the screen, first open the registry editor. To do this, click the Start button, type “regedit” and then select “Registry Editor” from the results.
When Registry Editor opens, navigate to this key using the sidebar or paste it into the address bar at the top of the window:
Once you’ve navigated to the StuckRects3 key, double-click the Settings key within it.
When the Edit Binary Value window opens, you will see a table of values. This is a bit tricky part. Find the second set of values from the top, then count to the fifth value from the left. By default, this value is set to “03”. Place your cursor just to the right of “03” (click the mouse, then press the right arrow key if necessary), press Backspace once, and then type
As a reminder, you replaced the value “03” (meaning taskbar down) with “01” (meaning taskbar up). When you’re done, click OK.
Close Registry Editor and restart Windows Explorer.
To restart Explorer, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager, click More Details to view the full interface if needed, and select the Processes tab. Locate “Windows Explorer” in the list, right click on it and select “Restart”.
Note: Your change will not take effect until you restart Explorer. Unlike changing many Windows settings, simply restarting your PC or logging out and back in probably won’t work.
After that, the taskbar is located at the top of the screen. If your taskbar icons are centered and you click Start, you’ll notice that the Start menu appears on the left side of the screen, not in the middle.
If you want the position of your Start button to match the position of the Start menu at the top of the screen, open Settings (press Windows+i) and navigate to Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar Behavior and set “Taskbar Orientation” to “Left.”
If you change your mind and want your taskbar back to the bottom of the screen, edit the “Settings” button shown in the step above and change the value “01” to “03”. Or you can use win11_taskbar_bottom.reg file in the section below.
You may be thinking: is it possible to move the Windows 11 taskbar to the left or right side of the screen? Yes, by changing the Settings key value to 00 (for left) or 02 (for right). Unfortunately, the taskbar becomes unusable (as of October 2021) because the taskbar icons are not displayed properly.
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If you’d rather not risk editing your registry by hand, you can download our one-click registry hack files. In the zip file linked below you will find two files that position your Windows 11 taskbar at the top or bottom of the screen (after reboot).
Download Windows 11 Taskbar Location Hack files
After downloading the file, unzip it anywhere and you have two files:
- win11_taskbar_top.reg: This moves the taskbar to the top of the screen.
- win11_taskbar_bottom.reg: This moves the taskbar to the bottom of the screen.
You should not normally trust registry files found on the internet, but we have created and tested these ourselves. You can check its contents using Notepad if you wish. (Right-click a .reg file, choose See More Options, then choose Edit.)
To use the .reg files, double-click the file you want to use and you’ll see a warning about adding information to the registry. Click Yes.
After that, click “OK” on the confirmation popup and restart Windows Explorer.
To restart Explorer, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager, click More Details to view the full interface if needed, and select the Processes tab. Locate “Windows Explorer” in the list of running processes, right click on it and select “Restart”.
Note: Make sure to restart Explorer instead of restarting your PC or logging out and back in.
Your taskbar is now either at the top or bottom of the screen depending on which .reg file you used.
Warning: Note that this registry hack is not officially endorsed by Microsoft. It may break in a future update to Windows 11 or it may not work perfectly on every PC out there.
While for now we’re forced to use registry hacks to change the taskbar’s position, we’re hoping Microsoft will eventually make the option official in the Settings app. Until then, happy tasking!
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