Personalization Change Taskbar Alignment in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to change the taskbar alignment to left or center for your account in Windows 11.

Icons on the taskbar are center aligned by default in Windows 11 instead of to the left like in previous Windows.


Contents

  • Option One: Change Taskbar Alignment to Left or Center in Settings
  • Option Two: Change Taskbar Alignment to Left or Center using a REG file




Option One

Change Taskbar Alignment to Left or Center in Settings


1 Open Settings (WIn+I).

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Taskbar on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Taskbar_alignment-1.png

3 Click/tap on Taskbar behaviors on the right side to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Select Left or Center (default) for what you want in the Taskbar alignment drop menu on the right side under Taskbar behaviors. (see screenshot below)

Taskbar_alignment-2.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Change Taskbar Alignment to Left or Center using a REG file


1 Do step 2 (left) or step 3 (center) below for what you would like to do.

2 To Change Taskbar Alignment to Left

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Left_taskbar_alignment.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"TaskbarAl"=dword:00000000

3 To Change Taskbar Alignment to Center

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Center_taskbar_alignment.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"TaskbarAl"=dword:00000001

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Thank you for this Brink! It's good to know they haven't removed the option to move the taskbar items back to where they were pre-Windows 11 yet.
 

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Kool, thanks Brink!
 

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So simple! Sadly I couldn't get Open Shell to work using mouse hover but it does work if I assign the Win key. This might be beacuse I'm using Hyper V.
 

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Thanks Shaw
 

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Curious how/if ClassicStart will address this.
 

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Curious how/if ClassicStart will address this.
Hey mate, :-)

The classic Start menu will open aligned to the left by default, but doesn't affect the taskbar icons default center alignment unless changed.

 

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They added this natively, Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar Behaviours > Alignment.

I actually like my taskbar buttons in the middle. I had it like that on 10 by adding an empty bar between them and the start button.

I want to move only the start button back to the left now :(
 

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