How to move the Windows 11 Start button back to where it belongs

Microsoft moved the Start button in Windows 11, but you can move it back with a few clicks.
Written by Jason Cipriani, Contributing Writer
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Whether you've been waiting to upgrade to Windows 11 or have been using Microsoft's latest operating system since its release, you don't have to live with the Start button in the middle of the task bar. 

Microsoft has made it possible to move the Start button back to the bottom left corner, but you just have to know where to look. 

How to move the Windows 11 Start button

1. Open the Settings app.

You can find it by clicking the Start button and looking in the pinned apps section. If it's not there, click on All Apps and scroll down until you find it. 

Alternatively, you can press the Windows button on your keyboard and type Settings to quickly launch it. 

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2. Select Personalization in the Settings app. 

You'll see this in the list of options on the left side of the screen. 

3. Click Taskbar.

Then scroll to the bottom of the list.

4. Select Taskbar Behaviors.

Locate the drop down menu for Taskbar Alignment.

5. Change the Taskbar Alignment from Center to Left. 

That's it! 

The Start button instantly moves back to where it's always been. 

Which do you prefer? The Start button in the middle or in the left corner? Let us know in the comments below.

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