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Windows 11 won’t let you move the taskbar, but there is a trick to do it

Although many users claim that Windows 11 is nothing more than a change on an aesthetic level, the reality is very different, since additional measures have been implemented to improve security of users, hence the necessary hardware requirements have been raised. If we talk about the different aesthetics, we have to talk about one of the limitations that most bothers users who have updated Windows 11.

Windows 10, like previous versions, allowed us move the taskbar to any part of the screen, in order to adapt it to our use needs or to simply change its traditional location at the bottom of the screen. However, Windows 11 does not allow you to move the taskbar, a function that, sooner or later, should come to this new version of Windows with only 1 year on the market.

While Microsoft remembers to introduce this change, which really won’t involve many lines of code, we can use a trick that allows us to move the taskbar to the top of the screen. There are other options that also allow us to move the taskbar to the left and right of the screen, however, when changing the position of the icons and the alignment of the icons on the bar, they disappear or are not displayed correctly in most cases, so for now, we are only going to focus on changing the position of the taskbar to the top of the screen.

Change the position of the taskbar in Windows

In order to make this change, we are going to use the Windows’ register, so the first thing to do is a backup, in case the process fails (if we make the changes correctly nothing has to happen). To make a registry backup, we access this application through the “regedit” command in the search box and in the File menu, select Export and set the path where we want to save the Windows registry as it is before to make the change.

Next, we execute PowerShell with Administrator permissions (we find it through the Windows start button from the right mouse button). On the command line, we must enter the following value.

reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerStuckRects3" /v Settings /t REG_BINARY /d 30000000feffffff0200000001000000300000002000000000000000c203000080070000e20300006000000001000000 /f

If we have entered the code correctly, it will inform us that the process has been completed successfully.

Next, we need to enter the following commands to close File Explorer, then run it again for the changes to take effect.
taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

Windows 11 taskbar

If we want to revert the changes, we must use PowerShell again to enter the following line to the Windows registry

reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerStuckRects3" /v Settings /t REG_BINARY /d 30000000feffffff0200000003000000300000002000000000000000c203000080070000e20300006000000001000000 /f

In addition, we must also close the explorer and restart it through the commands that we have shown you above.

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