Windows 11 won’t let you move the taskbar (but it should)

Windows 11 includes some pretty significant visual changes, but the changes to the taskbar aren’t limited to the skin. Microsoft has removed many options from the taskbar. Love it or hate it, Windows 11 taskbar is stuck at the bottom.

Say goodbye to the mobile taskbar

People first noticed this in the leaked version of Windows 11, but it wasn’t a final release, so it was reasonable to believe it was just unfinished. However, something unusual was also missing given that Windows 11 is clearly built from Windows 10.

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Now that Windows 11 is official, more details are coming out. According to List of deprecated Microsoft features, the Windows 11 taskbar can only be aligned at the bottom of the screen. That’s it.

Windows defaults to a lower taskbar from the very beginning, but it also lets you move the taskbar all the way to Windows 95. Whether or not you’ve taken advantage of this feature, it’s a pretty big change for Windows. .

Some other taskbar options are also gone: You can no longer enable classic window labels on the Windows 11 taskbar, for example.

We love to move our taskbars!

I am of the opinion that the best place for the taskbar is on the left side. I explained my reasoning both in mathematical and practical terms. Especially if you have a widescreen, which a lot of us do these days, I think this is the obvious choice.

It doesn’t make much sense to me to remove the option to move the taskbar. Some people say that “too many customization choices can be overwhelming,” but that doesn’t make much sense to me in this case. It was never really a “choice”.

The new Windows 11 Start menu.
Microsoft

The taskbar has always been at the bottom by default. This was never a choice users had to make during setup, and it wasn’t flagged as an option when they first saw the desktop. I’m sure a lot of people never even realized it could be moved. The only reason you would change the placement is if you had the desire to do so and were looking for the option.

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I don’t see this as removing a personalization option for the sake of simplicity. Because, while Microsoft removed the taskbar location option, Windows 11 now centers the Start button and icons on the taskbar. And guess what? There is an option to change this.

I can understand the simplification of the taskbar menu that appears when you right click. That’s a pretty long list of options in Windows 10. But why remove the ability from settings altogether? This is especially true when Microsoft created a new option for the taskbar. Just keep these things buried for the people who want them.

People who want to move the taskbar in Windows 11 will download third-party software to do so. There is a huge ecosystem of software to polish things up in Windows. Moving the taskbar is now going to be another thing that people will need additional software to do.

It doesn’t have to be like that, Microsoft.

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Margie D. Carlisle