After the launch of Windows 11, several users complained about the integration of several buttons into one taskbar. Users also complained about the stiffness of the taskbar. The Windows taskbar is disabled by default. It can be customized in a limited way.
Currently, the vertical taskbar feature is not available in Windows 11 due to recent changes made by Microsoft to the operating system. It can be difficult for users to customize the taskbar to suit their preferences.
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Follow the steps below to customize the vertical taskbar for Windows 11 PC.
Please note that these steps may become ineffective with subsequent upgrades.
1]Download and install the StartAllBack app.
Open your browser and visit the official StartAllBack download page.
Click the Download button. Wait for the download to complete once you are on the download page.
Once the download is complete, double-click the newly downloaded StartAllBack executable. Click Install for Everyone or Install for Me.
In the “User Account Control” section, click “Yes” and wait for the installation to complete.
2]Setting up the StartAllBack application:
After the utility is installed, you need to configure it. This can be done using the StartAllBack installation wizard. You need to choose from three different themes – Proper 11, Kinda 10 and Remastered 7.
In the wizard window, click on the taskbar in the vertical menu available on the left.
3]Customize taskbar behavior:
Once the taskbar menu is selected, you need to go to the right pane, go to “Customize behaviors and superpowers” and change the “Merge taskbars” and “On additional taskbars” buttons to “Never”.
You can then right-click on the taskbar and click “Lock all taskbars” to unlock it.
After following all the instructions, you will be able to successfully unlock the Windows 11 taskbar.
Windows 11 users should use the Registry Editor to move the taskbar up. To move the taskbar to the top in Windows 11, you need to change the registry like this:
Why does the taskbar move by itself?
The taskbar is usually at the bottom of the screen, but sometimes it moves to a position that can be off-center, like the left side. This could be because you were dragging the taskbar to move it and it was doing something else instead. The movement of a bug that has landed on your monitor can also affect the movement of the taskbar. You should lock the taskbar as soon as it returns to its original position so that it doesn’t accidentally move in the future.
Why does the taskbar hang?
If your Windows 11 taskbar crashes, it can result in the following behavior, such as no effect when clicking on the taskbar, icons not showing on the taskbar, or broken keyboard shortcuts. The taskbar may crash for the following reasons, such as an incomplete OS update, an error in the update, corrupted files on your device or accounts, or an issue with Windows Explorer.
To hide the taskbar, you need to enable automatic hiding of the taskbar in desktop mode in the settings. If it’s still visible in full screen mode, it’s possible that some apps are running in the background preventing the taskbar from going full screen.
Can you unlock the Windows 11 taskbar?
You need to press and hold or right click on an empty space on the taskbar. Select taskbar settings and enable taskbar lock.
Why is the taskbar not working?
You can restart your computer to fix some issues, such as when the taskbar is unresponsive or freezes. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch Task Manager, go to the Processes tab, find Windows Explorer. Right-click it and select Restart.
WARM TIP: The Windows 11 Recovery and Recovery tool is currently available for FREE; go get it while you can, because you never know when you’ll need it!