Windows 11 is just around the corner, and it is pretty different from Windows 10, especially when it comes to the user interface. The first noticeable change you will notice on starting up Windows 11 is its taskbar.
Windows 11 Taskbar by default contains the Start button and pinned icons at the center, unlike the previous Microsoft’s operating system, where it is placed at the left corner.
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Although Microsoft has provided a slick and modern look to the all-new taskbar, as of now, there are a few customizations that are not available by default. Two of those are the ability to reposition the taskbar and resize it.
However, there is still an indirect method to position the Windows 11 taskbar to the top of the desktop screen. In this post, we will learn how to use that.
How to move Windows 11 Taskbar to the top?
To reposition the taskbar on Windows 11, follow these steps:
Edit the StruckRects3 key Settings
- On the Windows 11 search box, type Regedit, and click on its icon to launch it.
- Navigate to this key location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects3
- To nullify and mishap, it is advised to backup the StruckRects3 key. Right-click on it and select Export. Save it to a secure location.
- Under the StruckRects3 key, double click on Settings value.
- In the 2nd row, whose value data ends with 00008, move your cursor to the fifth column, whose value is 03.
- Replace the 03 with 01 and click OK. Use the delete button to delete the 03.
- Exit the Registry Editor.
Restart the Windows Explorer
For applying the modified settings, you need to restart the File Explorer on Windows 11. Here is how to do that:
- Right-click on the Windows 11 Start button and select the Task Manager from the context menu.
- After the Task Manager window is launched, click on More Details.
- Search for the Windows Explorer process and select it.
- Right-click on it and choose the Restart option to restart the Explorer process and apply the taskbar position modification.
After completing the steps mentioned above, the taskbar would be shifted to the top of the desktop.
Unlike Windows 10, where you can directly adjust the taskbar position from the settings, the taskbar of Windows 11 lacks this direct option. However, since Windows 11 is still in the Insider days, hopefully, Microsoft would add this option in future updates.
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.