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

With Registry Hack, it’s possible to move your Windows 11 taskbar to the left or right of the screen, but the buttons don’t appear. Could this mean that Microsoft is planning to bring it back to a movable taskbar in a future update? We look for possibilities.

Borrowing from Windows 10

Until October 2021, Windows 11 will not allow you to move (or even resize) your taskbar. But with Windows Registry Hack, it is possible for the taskbar to appear at the top of your screen and still be active.

While experimenting with the taskbar at the top of the screen, we also discovered 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 internal registry key values, such as Windows 10, to determine which side of the screen to place the taskbar on. This means that positioning the taskbar in Windows 11 can only be a significant feature left over from Windows 10. Future.

Related: Windows 11 won’t let you move the taskbar (but it should)

Try it yourself (if you like risk)

If you want to move your taskbar to the left or right of your screen, we will show you that even though it is broken and no icons will be displayed correctly.

Warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool. Its misuse can also destabilize or deactivate your system. Still, it’s a simple hack, and you should have no worries if you follow the instructions completely. If you haven’t used Registry Editor before, consider reading how to use it before you begin. We recommend backing up the registry (and your 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 “Registry” in the Start menu and clicking “Registry Editor”.

In the Registry Editor, go to this key using the sidebar, or paste it into the address line at the top of the window:

ComputerHKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerStuckRects3

(Note that these instructions only apply to single monitor setups HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerMMStuckRects3.)

Double-click the “Settings” key inside “StuckRects3”.

Go to the registry key and open it. "Setting"

When the “Edit Binary Value” window opens, look for the fifth value from left to second row at the top. Normally, this value is set to “03”. By changing this number, you can determine which side of your taskbar screen appears. Here’s what each number does:

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

To change this, place the cursor just to the right of “03”, press the backspace once, then type the number according to the position of the taskbar in the list above (for example, to move the taskbar to the left, For example). When you’re done, click “OK.”

Change the number to "02." To the right of the taskbar.

Close the registry editor, then restart your computer. (Or you can restart Windows Explorer in the Task Manager.) You’ll see something like this when you log in again. The taskbar will be almost completely empty, but you will see some icons of the system tray status and the Quick Settings button is tucked away in the corner. If you click on the speaker and Wi-Fi icons, the quick settings menu will open as usual, but no one else works.

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

Similarly, if you want to move your taskbar to the left, change the registry value to “00” then restart your computer or restart explorer.exe. You will see the same situation, empty 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 restart, and you’ll be back to normal. Or you can download our registry hack files and run “win11_taskbar_bottom.reg” (then reboot) to restore your taskbar to its proper place.

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

Related: The Windows 11 taskbar will not expire before its release.

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