How to Move Taskbar in Windows 11 (Change Taskbar Location)

You can move Taskbar in Windows 11 and change its location. While Windows 11 doesn't yet include such a setting, this can be done with a Registry tweak.

Windows 11 is the newest operating system from Microsoft. It brought a drastically changed, completely new user interface. It includes a new Start menu which appears in the screen center. The change has also affected the taskbar, which is also centered.

Perhaps the worst change made to taskbar is its location. Windows 11 doesn't allow you to move it to the side or top, it always appears at the bottom of the screen.

This post will show you how to move the taskbar and change its location in Windows 11. You can either place it at the top or bottom.

Move Taskbar in Windows 11 and Change its Location

  1. Press Win + R and type regedit in the Run dialog to open the Registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects3​.
  3. Right-click the StuckRects3 key and select Export... from the menu. Save the REG file to the Desktop folder.Windows 11 Export The StuckRects3 Key
  4. Double-click the Settings value.
  5. In the 0008 row, place your cursor to the fifth column, where you see the 03 value.Windows 11 Change Taskbar Location
  6. Press DEL to remove 03, and type 01.type 01 instead of 03
  7. Click on OK in the Edit binary value dialog.
  8. Restart the Explorer shell using the Task Manager method.

You're done! The taskbar now appears at the top.

Windows 11 Move Taskbar

How to undo the change and move the taskbar back to bottom

To undo the change, double-click the exported REG file which you have created in the step #3. When prompted, click on the UAC confirmation prompt.

Alternatively, you can modify the above mentioned Settings binary value, and change its fifth column from 01 to 03, i.e. to its default value. Don't forget to restart the Explorer shell.

Note that restarting the Explorer shell is a mandatory step. You cannot simply sign out and sign in back to your user session. That's won't work!

To properly change the Windows 11 taskbar location, please restart Explorer as follows.

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
  2. In Task Manager, click on More details to make it show tabs with apps and services.Windows 11 More Details In Task Manager
  3. On the Processes tab, find Windows Explorer and click it.
  4. Click on the Restart button.Restart Explorer in Windows 11

You are done.

I will update this post once I figure out how to move the taskbar to the screen side. Currently, it is unknown.

That's it.

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15 thoughts on “How to Move Taskbar in Windows 11 (Change Taskbar Location)

  1. Josh

    Good luck figuring out how to move the taskbar to the sides of the display, I have bookmarked this page and look forward to it! Thanks for your hard work!

    Reply
    1. Bob

      Set it to 02 or 04. but the icons on the taskbar completely break.

      Reply
      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        That’s really horrible.
        That’s why I didn’t include these value in the post.

        Reply
  2. Alex

    Is there also a possibility to move the taskbar to a different display without changing the main display? Also maybe a possibility to disable button grouping?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      According to Microsoft, this is not implemented yet.

      Reply
  3. Q

    Works great! Moving to the sides is changing the values to either 0 (left) or 2 (right)
    It however doesn”t work as it should and keeps crashing the explorer.

    Reply
  4. YGY

    Works great, only problem is the Start Menu open on the left hand side rather than under the Menu icons – any idea how to “fix” that?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I hope Microsoft will fix this.

      Reply
  5. makz

    It doesn’t work for me, build 22000.51

    Reply
  6. Holmes Lee

    Thank you! I tried other value such as 00 to 04. Looks like all the icons would not stay stable on the left or right. They are crashing the explorer.

    Reply
  7. K

    Thank you, it’s working for me

    Reply
  8. ExaFlop

    What if StuckRects3 key is missing?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      right click the taskbar and select the only item, taskbar settings.
      change some settings, e.g. move icons from center to left.
      then change everything back.
      this will create the key

      Reply
  9. Dude

    Thanks for this. Do you know how to move the taskbar up on a second monitor as well?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Hi.
      Currently, I have no idea.

      Reply

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