When the new version of the operating system became available, it introduced a redesigned Taskbar that brought new visuals but removed many of the legacy capabilities, including the ability to move the bar to the top or either side of the screen, hide the clock, and more. Up until version 21H2, you could edit the Registry to move the Taskbar around the screen (top, left, right, or bottom), but after the release of the Windows 11 2022 Update, that’s no longer possible. However, you can still use third-party applications (such as ExplorerPatcher) to change the location and bring back many other functionalities. EplorerPatcher is a free and open-source application that restores the classic Taskbar experience. Using this app, you can move the bar to any location, enable the never combine icons, bring back the classic Taskbar context menu, and more. This guide will teach you the steps to enable the legacy Taskbar on Windows 11 to access all the classic functionalities, including the option to move the Taskbar to the top of the screen.

Restore classic Taskbar on Windows 11

To restore the Windows 11 classic Taskbar, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, the Taskbar will move to the top of the screen with a design similar to the one on Windows 11.

Although this is not a perfect solution, it’s perhaps one of the best (free) alternatives for those who are used to using the Taskbar from the top of the screen. It’s important to note that you can only change the location of the Taskbar when using the “Windows 10” style option, not the “Windows 11” option. The ExplorerPatcher app also includes tons of settings that you can customize. For instance, you can make the Taskbar smaller or larger, change the System Tray settings, bring back the Windows 10-styled Start menu with tiles, replace the modern context menu with the classic one, and more. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.