How to bring back the old Start to Windows 11

Yesterday, June 15, a full-fledged ISO image of the Windows 11 operating system appeared on the network, which everyone rushed to install. And upon completion of the process, it turned out that the designers from Microsoft decided to redraw the “Taskbar,” shifting all the shortcuts to the center of the screen. They were probably inspired by macOS design, but not everyone liked it – many online users complain that this placement does not suit them. Fortunately, it is possible to return the “Start” and “Taskbar” to their usual place – in the lower-left corner. To do this, there are two ways to solve the problem at once.

You can also read this guide: How to download and install Windows 11: step by step instructions

Method one – through the settings

Most likely, Microsoft foresaw the audience’s reaction to the new centering of the taskbar so that in the standard system settings, you can return the panel to the left side of the screen.

  • Right-click on the taskbar;
  • Select “Taskbar settings” from the drop-down menu;
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  • The Taskbar menu should open; if not, click on it in the left menu;
  • At the top of the window, there is an item “Taskbar alignment” – click on it and select the “Left” option.  

All the shortcuts on the Taskbar and Start menu are located on the left side of the screen.

Method two – through the registry

If the first option seems inconvenient to you, you can use the function of the system registry editor.

  • Press Win + R on your keyboard;
  • In the window that appears, enter the regedit command and click OK;
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer Advanced
  • Create a new 32-bit DWORD value in this section;
  • Rename it to Start_ShowClassicMode;
  • Set the value for this parameter to “1” (without quotes);
  • Reboot the system.

You can also read our complete Windows 11 review here- Windows 11 Review: What’s new and is it worth updating?

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