How to move Start button back to the left side in Windows 11?

Whether you are currently waiting for the upgrade to Windows 11 or have downloaded it as soon as the official version was released in 2021, you do not have to deal with the Start button being in the middle of the taskbar in its current form. Although I personally prefer it this way as it gives Windows a modern look, making it somewhat similar to macOS, you can easily move it back to its usual position on the left or even to the right if you prefer by following some simple instructions.

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How to Change the Position of the Start Button in Windows 11

In fact, Microsoft anticipated that its users might not be 100% satisfied with the new taskbar design with the Start button and Windows icons in the center. Therefore, they included some settings within the system that allow users to have full control over the position of this button.

So, do you want to know how to change it? Let’s get started!

1. Open the Settings App

You can find it by clicking on the Start button and searching for it in the installed apps. If you don’t see it, simply go to “All Apps” and scroll down until you find it.

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Alternatively, you can simply press the Windows key on your keyboard and type “Settings” to access the settings directly.

2. From Settings, go to the Personalization

Here, you will see several options and settings on the left side of the screen.

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3. Click on Taskbar

Then scroll to the bottom of the list that appears.

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4. Choose Taskbar Behaviors

Look for the dropdown menu for options related to taskbar mode or position.

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5. Change the taskbar alignment from center to left.

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We’re done here!

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Now you know how to change the position of the Start button and all its associated icons on the taskbar in Windows 11.

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