How to Disable Centered Taskbar in Windows 11

Here's how to disable Centered Taskbar in Windows 11 if you are not happy with the default layout and want to restore the classic taskbar appearance. One of the things you immediately notice after upgrading Windows 10 to Windows 11 is a dramatically changed taskbar.


Windows 11 now keeps all the pinned and open apps aligned at the center, not at the left, as it has been for several decades. On Windows 10, you can move apps from the left to the center of the taskbar using some third-party apps, such as TaskbarX or similar. In Windows 11, Microsoft has made centered taskbar a new default.

A new centered taskbar in Windows 11 has some significant benefits. For example, it is not easier to reach apps on large displays. Moreover, those switching from macOS to Windows 11 will find it easier to get accustomed to the new environment. At the same time, it is not difficult to understand why some users hate the centered icon layout in Windows 11. For example, many need to retrain "muscle memory." Also, the Start button now moves depending on how many apps you have pinned or open.

As usual, such drastic changes to the taskbar and the Start menu/button cause user’s backlash. Luckily, Microsoft gives you an option to move apps on the taskbar from the center to the left without additional tools. Here is how to do that.

If you want to move icons on the taskbar from the center to the left, do the following.

Disable Centered Taskbar in Windows 11

  1. Press Win + I to open Windows Settings. You can also open Start and select Settings.Windows 11 Open Start
  2. Go to the Personalization section.Windows 11 Settings App Personalization
  3. Click Taskbar in the left panel.Windows 11 Settings Personalization Taskbar Section
  4. On the right, click the Taskbar behaviors item.
  5. Locate the Taskbar alignment option at the top of the list.Windows 11 Disable Centered Taskbar Icons
  6. From a drop-down menu, select Left. Windows 11 will automatically move icons on the taskbar from the center to the left, giving it a more traditional look.Windows 11 Disable Centered Taskbar

That is how you align icons at the left in Windows 11. Similarly, you can undo the change.

Disable Taskbar Icons Centered Alignment in the Registry

  1. Open the Registry Editor by pressing Win + R and entering the regedit command.
  2. Navigate to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.
  3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-bit DWORD value TaskbarAl.
  4. Set its value data to one of the following numbers:
    • 0 = Icons are aligned to the left
    • 1 = Place icons to the taskbar center (default).

You are done. To save your time, I've prepared a couple of ready-to-use Registry files.

Download Registry Files

Use the Left Taskbar Alignment.reg file to move the icons back to the left side of the taskbar. The Center Taskbar Alignment.reg file restores the Windows 11 default settings.

How to center taskbar icons in Windows 11

You no longer need a third-party app to center apps on the taskbar in Windows 11. Simply repeat the process above to restore the default look in Windows 11.

  1. Open Windows Settings.
  2. Go to Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar Alignment.
  3. Select Centered.
  4. Windows 11 will re-arrange app icons to the taskbar center.You do not need to confirm changes, restart Windows Explorer, or sign out of your profile. Windows 11 will move apps from the left to the center right away.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple.

One thought on “How to Disable Centered Taskbar in Windows 11”

  1. It would be more useful to change the leftmost button from start to something else instead of making the left corner useless

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