Windows 11 has some interesting features and beautiful new rounded corners, but what is the “Start” button in the middle of the screen doing? The change from left-aligned taskbar to center-aligned taskbar is difficult to adapt, but it is easy to override Microsoft’s design choices and move the start button and taskbar icon back to the left.
To move the taskbar to the left, right-click anywhere on the taskbar and select Taskbar settings From the pop-up menu—if you can call a menu that contains one item a menu. This will take you directly to the Personalization> Taskbar screen.
Here, you can add/remove some items that appear on the taskbar, such as search, task view, widgets, and chat, which are useful for keeping things clean.
The option you are looking for can be found at the bottom of this screen: Taskbar behaviorClick it to expand this section, then set the taskbar alignment to “Left” and you are done. Windows in the way you know and love.
Of course, it is easy to return it to a more central position from this screen. Just set the taskbar alignment back to “center”. You can also choose to automatically hide the taskbar here and set whether it will appear on all displays.
If you are curious about why an icon no longer appears in the tray, here is a list of Windows features removed from Windows 11. Goodbye, Cortana! (She is still here, just a little bit hidden.)