In Windows 11, the default position of the Start button and other taskbar icons has been aligned to the center of the screen instead of the left as in the previous version of Windows. Furthermore, the Start menu and search menu open at the center of the screen.
There is a setting to change the default alignment of the taskbar in Windows 11. If you’d like the Start button and all taskbar icons to align at the left side of the screen, read this article with the simple step to align it to the left side of the taskbar in Windows 11.
Step 1: Press Windows + i key on the keyboard to open the Settings app. Alternatively, you can click the Start menu and select the Settings gear icon located at the top of the menu by default.
Step 2: Click on Personalization in the sidebar.
Step 3: Locate the Taskbar option on the right side and click on it.
Step 4: Click on Taskbar behaviors.
Step 5: Click the drop-down menu beside Taskbar Alignment.
Step 6: Select the Left option from the drop-down menu next to the Taskbar Alignment option. This will change the alignment of the taskbar from the default center to the left of the screen.
Step 7: The Start button and taskbar icons will align to the left side of the screen immediately.
Step 8: Close the Settings app.
Additional Tips regarding Start menu and taskbar in Windows 11
- If you like to change back the center alignment for taskbar icons, open the Settings app and navigate to Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar behaviors, then set Taskbar Alignment to Center.
- Press Windows + S key to open the search pane and start searching.
- Right-click on an empty area on the taskbar and click the Taskbar settings option to quickly access the taskbar settings page in Windows 11.
- Right-click on the Start button to quickly access various areas of Windows 11.