While it has been two months since the official launch of Windows 11, many users still wish that Microsoft didn’t simply take away a bunch of options and settings from the new OS that was previously available in Windows 10. One of the settings that have been ripped away in Windows 11 is the Taskbar customizations. You are simply left with an extremely huge Taskbar that can only be set at the bottom of the screen. You can also no longer shift it to the top, left, or for that matter even to the right of your screen. We have a few ways that you can follow to customize your Windows 11 Taskbar.
Of course, we did cover a topic on how to bring the good old Windows 10 styled taskbar to Windows 11. You can read more about it over here. While the Windows 11 Taskbar customization does let you change the position of the Start button from the center back to the left and change the color of the taskbar, these settings aren’t enough for those who love customizing their OS’s appearance. There are a few ways you can use to customize the taskbar, as mentioned above. So, read on through this guide to know how you can customize different elements of the taskbar in Windows 11.
Windows 11 Taskbar Customizations
How to change Taskbar Size in Windows 11
One of the most annoying things in Windows 11 is that you can no longer change the size of the Taskbar. I mean, it just stays as one huge strip at the bottom. Whether you auto-hide it or leave it visible all the time, it just looks ugly. Why Microsoft decided to remove this option of changing the size, nobody knows. You can, however, make a few changes in the Registry to achieve the desired Taskbar size. Follow these steps.
- Pull up the Run Dialog box by pressing the Windows and R keys.
- Type in regedit and hit the enter key.
- The Registry Editor will now open up on your desktop.
- Now, you need to simply paste this path in the address bar of the Registry Editor and hit the enter key.
- Now, right-click on the Advance folder and select New, followed by DWORD 32bit Value.
- Name the created value as TaskbarSi.
- Double click n the created value. The Edit dialogue box will now show up. Under the Value Data, you can either type in 0, 1, or 2.
- Where 0 will set the taskbar to the smallest size, 1 will reset the Taskbar to the default size, and 2 will set the largest taskbar size.
- Once you have entered your desired value, simply click on the OK button.
- To see the changes in your Taskbar size, you need to restart your system. When you have restarted and logged into your system, you will see the desired size of the taskbar right away.
- That’s it.
How to change Taskbar Position in Windows 11
In the previous versions of Windows, users had the freedom of placing the taskbar to any part of the screen that they liked. Be it on the top, left, or even right-hand side of the screen. Windows 11 has however taken away this particular feature. There is a way to get this feature back and move the taskbar to where you like. Follow these steps below.
- To get this work done, we need to get to the Registry Editor.
- Press the Windows Key and the R keys.
- The Run Dialog box should appear,
- Type in regedit and hit the enter key.
- Now, the Registry Editor will open up.
- Copy and paste the following path into the address bar of the Registry Editor,
- Now, you will see the Settings key on the right-hand side. Double-click on it to bring the Edit Binary Value Table.
- Select the fifth value from the second row.
- The Value by default will be set to 03. This value needs to be changed to move the taskbar to the top, left, or right.
- Type in 00 to move the taskbar to the left, 01 if you wish to move it to the top of the screen, 02 to move it to the right of the screen, and 03 to move it to the bottom of the screen,
- Restart your Windows 11 PC. The changes will now be applied to the Taskbar.
- We, however, do not recommend doing this since the taskbar is not designed to be shifted to the left, right, or top, there can be some issues with displaying various elements and icons,
- The icons might overlap each other or the menu might not still display correctly,
These are the other ways you can use to customize your Taskbar in Windows 11. Thankfully enough the Registry Editor method works fins to make these kinds of changes, However, it would be so much better if Microsoft decided to bring all of these features baked back into the OS. It does feel a bit odd to use other methods to do these simple kinds of adjustments.
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