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How to Move the Windows 11 Start Button to the Left Corner

Microsoft moved the Start button and taskbar icons to the center of the screen on Windows 11. Here’s how to move them back to the left corner of the screen.

Before Windows 11 was released, the Start button has always been on the lower-left corner of the taskbar…that is if we don’t count the Windows 8 debacle…and for this article, we won’t. But I digress. Now, for Windows 11 the taskbar along with the Start button has been moved to the center of the screen. And there doesn’t appear to be an obvious way to fix it. But you can. Here’s how to do it.

Move the Start Button on Windows 11 to the Left

When you begin using Windows 11, you’ll find yourself automatically moving the mouse pointer over to the lower-left corner to access the Start button. That’s just because of muscle memory. Unfortunately, it isn’t there it’s located at the center of the screen like the shot shown below.

 center taskbar

Open the Settings page by using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I (note that several Windows 10 keyboard combos still work in Windows 11). Then click on the Personalize button for the list on the left. Scroll down on the right and click Taskbar.

personalization Windows 11 Settings

Next, click on the Taskbar behaviors option to display a dropdown menu.

Taskbar Behaviors Settings Windows 11

Now under the “Taskbar behaviors” section click the “Taskbar alignment” dropdown menu.

taskbar alignment Windows 11

Then change it to Left. At the time of this writing, the only two options are to move it to the center or the left. You can’t move the taskbar like on Windows 10. Hopefully, we get more options when Windows 11 get closer to its stable release in the coming Fall.

move taskbar to Left Windows 11

You can’t move the taskbar around like you can on older versions of Windows. At least not yet. Remember, Windows 11 is currently in beta and the first official release was yesterday. We can expect more to be added – and some things removed – as we get closer to the official release.

That’s all there is to it. Now Start Menu and the rest of the items you have pinned to the taskbar will appear on the lower left-hand side of the screen. This makes it easier to access the Start menu if you have muscle memory for older versions.

Taskbar on the left of the screen Windows 11

Also, when it comes to customizing the taskbar, check out our article on removing widgets.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Kevin Clemmer

    That is the very first thing that I did yesterday! :-)

    Still finding small issues (boxing icons and then trying to drag and drop being the one I’m frustrated with right now.. hit and miss!) but the Start button I couldn’t live with.

    • Dirgster

      Most of us are creatures of habit, and as soon as Windows 11 is installed on my machine, I will most certainly move the START button back to the left, where it is, out of habit, comfortable to access for me.

  2. Juss

    Yep, one benefit is that you can just throw your mouse pointer in the corner and it will hit, with this centered one you have to aim.

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