The start menu is probably the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the Windows operating system. The start menu was introduced with Windows 95.
The Start button or Start icon, which most users use to access the Start menu, appears to the left of the taskbar in all versions of the Windows operating system up to Windows 10.
With Windows 11, the default position of the Start button on the taskbar has been shifted to the center. In addition, the taskbar is now centered, which means that the Start button and program icons appear in the center of the taskbar instead of on the left. This also means that the Start menu and the Search menu open in the center of the screen.
A lot of PC users might like the new centrally aligned taskbar. PC users who also have a Mac can feel right at home using the centered taskbar. However, many users still prefer the old taskbar alignment. Also, PC users like to see the Start button on the left side of the taskbar.
Microsoft knows that many users prefer the classic left-hand alignment of the taskbar, where the Start button and program icons appear to the left of the taskbar. Therefore, there is a provision to change the default taskbar alignment in Windows 11.
Here’s how to move the Start button to the left side of the taskbar in Windows 11.
Show Start button at the left of the taskbar in Windows 11
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Click Personalization on the left pane. Click on the taskbar on the right (scroll down if you can’t see it).
Step 3: Click on the behavior on the taskbar.
Step 4: Select the Left option from the drop-down list next to the Taskbar Alignment option (see image below) to change the Taskbar alignment from the default center on the left side of the screen. Doing so will move the Start button to the left of the taskbar.
Windows 11 Start menu and taskbar tips
Tip 1: You don’t need to open the Start menu or click the search icon on the Windows 11 taskbar to start searching. Just use the Windows logo key and S to open the search panel and start searching.
Tip 2: You can quickly access the taskbar settings page in Windows 10 by right-clicking an empty spot on the taskbar and then clicking the taskbar settings option.
Tip 3: Like Windows 10, you can right-click the Start button to quickly access various parts of Windows 11, including the Task Manager.