Windows 11 it does not allow move the bar from chores to upper part of the screen, although there is a method to achieve it. Unlike Windows 10, as of October 2021, in the new version of the operating system it cannot be achieved using an official configuration. To achieve this, we are going to have to modify the registry editor of the operating system.
Edit the Windows 11 registry to move the taskbar
We can move the Windows 11 taskbar to the top of the screen using the Windows Registry Editor. Something that we must take into account before starting is that a misuse of the editor can cause serious problems in the operating system. We recommend backing up the registry and files on your computer before proceeding.
The first thing we will do, obviously, is open the Registry Editor. For this we are going to click on the start button and write “Regedit”, after this we are going to choose the Registry Editor in the results.
Once it opens, we will have to navigate to the following location through the left sidebar: ComputerHKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerStuckRects3
When we get to “StuckRects3” we will have to double click on “Settings” in the right panel.
A window “Edit binary value” will open, we will be able to see a table of values. This is the complex part. We’ll need to locate the second row of values from the top, then count down to the fifth value starting from the left. By default, this value is set to “03”. We will have to place the cursor just to the right of the “03”, we will click with the mouse and then we will press the right arrow key if necessary. We will press backspace once to clear the value and type “01”.
Basically, what we have to do is replace the value “03” with “01”. When we finish, it only remains to click on “OK”.
Now we will have to close the Registry Editor and restart Windows Explorer. We can also restart the computer, although it may not be the most optimal if we are with other things open.
To restart the explorer, we are going to press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to be able to open the Task Manager. Alternatively, we can right-click on the taskbar and choose “Task Manager”.
If it is the first time that we open it, we will have to click on “More details” in the lower left part to see the complete interface. Then we select the “Processes” tab and we will have to look for “Windows Explorer” in the list, we will click with the right button and choose “Restart”.
After this, the taskbar will be located at the top of the screen. If the taskbar icons are centered and we click on the start icon, we will notice that the start menu will appear on the left side of the screen, not in the center.
If we want the location of the start button to be the same as that of the start menu, we will have to go to Settings, pressing “Windows + i” and then go to Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar behavior and we will have to configure the “Taskbar Alignment” to “Left”.
In case we want the taskbar to be located at the bottom again, we will have to repeat the process and replace, this time, the “01” with the “03”.