How to move Windows 11 Start menu to the left

Windows 11 was launched by Microsoft in October 2021 and it is slowly being adopted by the users. The user interface has been slightly redesigned and the new OS (Operating System) has some additional hardware requirements (you can quickly check the compatibility of your computer using Microsoft Health Check). One of the most noticeable user interface change is the new location of the taskbar including the Start menu. By default the taskbar is now centered at the bottom of the screen. We are going to see in this small tutorial how to move it back to the location it had with Windows 10.

Windows 11 Taskbar

I had just upgraded a PC from Windows 10 to Windows 11 and I was expecting that I would need a bit of time to adjust to the new user interface but there was something that really bothered me: the location of the taskbar with the “Start Menu” centered at the bottom of the screen. Many users  like me are used to have the “Start Menu” at the bottom left of the screen. Luckily, Windows 11 allows to change the taskbar location in the Settings.

Therefore I opened the “Settings” using the “Start Menu” button:

Windows 11 Settings
Windows 11 Settings

Then I selected “Personalization” on the left column:

Personalization Section
Personalization Section

And I scrolled down in that page until I found the “Taskbar” section.

Personalization - Taskbar
Personalization – Taskbar

I clicked the “Taskbar” button to access the Taskbar configuration:

Taskbar Configuration
Taskbar Configuration

The I scrolled down until I found the “Taskbar behaviors” section:

Taskbar behaviors
Taskbar behaviors

As you can see in the screenshot, there is a “Taskbar alignment” parameter that is used to specify the location of the taskbar. The default value is “Center“, meaning that the taskbar and therefore the Start Menu will appear centered at the bottom of the screen.

I clicked the value in order to change it to “Left“.

Taskbar alignment: Left
Taskbar alignment: Left

And immediately the taskbar moved to the left of the screen:

Taskbar to the left
Taskbar to the left

The Windows Start Menu and the taskbar were now located at the bottom left of the screen. That was easy ! As you can see, Windows 11 has many settings to configure its look and feel. We will explore additional settings in future tutorials.

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