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Windows 11‘s prominently located start button inside of a thicker Taskbar was one of the biggest improvements that came with its release. Without a question, it was a crucial step in modernising the UI, but it also had drawbacks.

To start, for the first time in Windows’ history, the Taskbar was locked to remain at the bottom of the screen, which many power users, like video editors, detested because it prevented them from moving their Taskbar to the right or left side of the screen to maximise their available vertical screen space.

Having said that, the following step-by-step explanation will show you how to use the straightforward Registry method described below to relocate the Taskbar in Windows 11 from its default position at the bottom to any other location:

Step 1: Open the first search result that shows on the screen by going to Start, typing Registry Editor, and clicking on it.

Step 2: Go to the following location in the Registry Editor:

Step 3: Right-click twice on the Settings binary key, which is located next to the StuckReacts3 Key. Now a window for editing binary values displays.

Step 4: Navigate to the 03 value, which can be located in the sixth column of the second row, inside the Edit Binary Value box.

Step 5: Once found, select 03 and change it to read as follows:

  • 00: if you want the Taskbar on the left side of the screen.
  • 01: if you want the Taskbar on the top of the screen.
  • 02: if you want the Taskbar on the right side of the screen.
  • 03: if you want the Taskbar on the bottom of the screen.

Step 6: Restart your computer at this time, or open the Task Manager and restart File Explorer.

The Windows 11 Taskbar will relocate to the top or either side of your display as indicated in the binary key once you’ve finished all the procedures.

By following the above instructions and setting the string value to 03, you can make the Taskbar appear at the bottom of your screen if you don’t like how it looks.

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