How to Move The Windows 11 Start Button

Jamie Jamie (33)

As with most Microsoft Windows updates, Windows 11 arrived with plenty of visual and operational changes to overwhelm even long-time users of the operating system. One of the most jarring changes is also one of the most simple: the Windows Start Button is no longer in the bottom left corner of the screen.

For some reason Microsoft made the aesthetic choice to center the toolbar. While it isn't a big change, it has left me swinging my mouse wildly multiple times a day since updating to Windows 11. For those like me, I decided to put a simple guide together to show people how to reverse this change.

Call it traditionalism, call it an old dog refusing to learn new tricks, but either way, here's how you can place your Windows 11 Start Button at the bottom left corner of your screen.

Windows 11 Settings

Go to your settings app (if you need help finding it, or reorganizing your Start Menu, check out our guide on how to personalize your Windows 11 Start Menu).

Select 'Personalization', then 'Taskbar', and select the 'Taskbar behaviors' option.

Windows 11 Start Button Toolbar

Under the 'Taskbar behaviors' option you'll see a dropdown to change the Taskbar alignment. Simply change your selection from 'Center' to 'Left' and voila! You've realigned your Windows 11 Start Button to the left side of your taskbar.

The rest of the apps will follow suit, and your taskbar will remind you of the good old days of Windows 10 and prior.

Jamie Jamie (33)

There are so many new features in Windows 11 it's almost hard to keep up with them all.