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Windows 11 lets you move the taskbar left or right, but it’s broken

With a registry trick, it is possible to move the Windows 11 taskbar towards the left or right side of the screen, but the buttons do not appear. Could this mean that Microsoft plans to bring back a mobile taskbar in a future update? We explore the possibilities.

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As of October 2021, Windows 11 does not allow you to move the taskbar (or even resize ). But through a Windows Registry trick , it is possible to make the taskbar appear at the top of the screen and continue working.

In the process of experimenting with the taskbar at the top of the screen, we also found that it is possible to place the Windows 11 taskbar on the left or right side of the screen, but the taskbar becomes unusable.

Interestingly, Windows 11 uses the same internal registry key values ​​as Windows 10 to determine which side of the screen to place the taskbar. This means that positioning the taskbar in Windows 11 might just be a vestigial feature of Windows 10. But the fact that it still works leaves room for Microsoft to fix the Windows 11 taskbar to support these other positions (left and right ) in the future.

Try it yourself (if you like risk)

If you want to try moving the taskbar to the left or right side of the screen, we will show you how, even if it is broken and none of the icons will display correctly.

Warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool. Misuse can make your system unstable or even inoperable. Still, this is a simple trick, and if you follow the instructions completely, you shouldn’t have a problem. If you haven’t used Registry Editor before, consider reading about how to use it before starting. We also recommend making a registry backup (and of his computer ) before making any changes.

First, open the Registry Editor. You can do this by pressing Windows + R, typing “regedit” and pressing Enter, or by searching for “registry” in the Start menu and clicking “Registry Editor.”

In Registry Editor, navigate to this key using the sidebar or paste it in the address line near the top of the window:

ComputerHKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerStuckRects3

(Note that these instructions only apply to single monitor configurations. To change the position of the taskbar on multiple monitors, you will need to edit the same values ​​in all the keys listed below HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerMMStuckRects3).

Double click on the «Settings» key within «StuckRects3».

Navigate to the Registry key and open

When the “Edit Binary Value” window opens, locate the fifth value from the left in the second row from the top. Usually this value is set to “03”. By changing this number, you can determine which side of the screen your taskbar appears on. This is what each number does:

  • 00: task bar on the left side of the screen.
  • 01: task bar at the top of the screen.
  • 02: task bar on the right side of the screen.
  • 03: task bar at the bottom of the screen.

To change it, position the cursor just to the right of the “03”, press Backspace once, then type the number corresponding to the taskbar position in the list above (such as “02” to move the taskbar to the side left, for example). When you are done, click “OK”.

Change the number to

Close Registry Editor, then restart your pc . (Or you can restart Windows Explorer in Task Manager.) When you log in again, you will see something like this. The taskbar will be almost completely blank, but you will see some of the systray status icons and Quick Settings button mixed up in the corner. If you click the speaker and Wi-Fi icons, the Quick Settings menu it will open as usual, but nothing else works.

An example of a broken Windows 11 taskbar on the right.

Similarly, if you want to try moving the taskbar to the left, change the aforementioned registry value to “00” and then restart your PC or restart explorer.exe. You will see a similar situation, with a blank taskbar and no icons.

An example of a broken Windows 11 taskbar on the left.

When you’re done, press Windows + R to open the run menu, then type “regedit.exe.” From there, you can edit the “Settings” key value back to “03” (for the taskbar at the bottom of the screen), then reboot and it will be back to normal. Or can download our files from hacking of Registration and run “win11_taskbar_bottom.reg” (then reboot) to restore your taskbar to its correct location.

As you can see, at the moment moving the taskbar to the left or right serves no useful purpose, but we hope to that Microsoft is working to make these options official soon.

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