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      • #2379106
        AskWoody Plus

        The Windows 11 taskbar will be restricted to appear only at the bottom of the screen. That bothers me a lot because I much prefer it on the left side:

        • I have 5 monitors. One half of one of them is dedicated to the taskbar showing a vertical list of tasks with the full text. I find that very convenient.
        • The common screen size of 1920 x 1080 is already restricted in the vertical direction; a taskbar at the bottom takes up even more vertical space. I work a lot with MSWord documents in portrait mode. That vertical space is precious.

        Can Microsoft be lobbied not keep the moveable taskbar feature? Will some other company provide the capability?


      • #2379163
        AskWoody Plus

        The task bar won’t take any screen space if you toggle on the “Auto Hide” feature. If you haven’t tried it, check it out. It’s in taskbar settings. With auto hide on, the taskbar disappears and will pop up only when you move your cursor to the bottom (or in your case the side) of the screen or tap the Win key. I’ve used auto hide for many years. I’m assuming it will still be available in Win 11. It will be rude awakening if not!

        I run a “fat” task bar with a long row of tool bar icons under the normal task bar, but it makes no difference with auto hide.

        I would not be surprised to see some third party software ware that fixes this. Maybe Power Toys.

      • #2379171
        Susan Bradley

        I figure the Fences folks will come up with alternatives. In the meantime give feedback in the feedback venue that you HATE this.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

      • #2379174
        AskWoody Plus

        @wsrobertrackl, I prefer having the taskbar at the bottom of the screen, but I agree wholeheartedly that you should have the choice of where to place it, with that ability preferably built into the OS rather than being something that you have to find out on your own and hunt around the Web for, like Aero Glass transparency and the classic Start menu.


      • #2379229
        AskWoody MVP

        Use the Feedback Hub to register your disappointment in the strongest but still polite terms. If enough people bring it up, Microsoft will entertain changing it.


      • #2379560
        AskWoody Plus

        Will Classic Shell, or Open Shell still work on Windows 11?

        Dell E5570 Latitude, Intel Core i5 6440@2.60 GHz, 8.00 GB - Win 10 Pro

        • #2379561

          See #2379559 for the answer.

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          • #2379636
            AskWoody Plus

            PKC – thanks, I just saw your #2379559 directly after I had posted.


            Dell E5570 Latitude, Intel Core i5 6440@2.60 GHz, 8.00 GB - Win 10 Pro

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