How do I make the Windows 11 Taskbar always on top?

TiredSoul 151 Reputation points
2021-12-13T14:34:02.61+00:00

I cant seem to access my taskbar when it is hidden by auto-hide, and when I use the shortcuts, then switch to my tabs, it immediately disappears instead of going down. Every article I've read are for older windows versions, and use taskbar properties, but I don't know how to access taskbar properties on Windows 11, as right clicking it doesn't have all the options it used to.

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  1. TiredSoul 151 Reputation points
    2022-01-18T02:15:18.553+00:00

    I've found the answer. I've seen another forum, and it seems to be a side effect of Nvidia's Game Overlay. Disabling Nvidia's Game Overlay will fix this. Here's a link to the post I found it on: https://superuser.com/questions/1163969/windows-10-taskbar-is-not-always-on-top

    New GeForce Drivers that are installed with GeForce Experience (since 2016) call it the In Game Overlay, and you can disable it by opening GeForce Experience > Settings (top right) > General and untick the In Game Overlay option.165835-image-2022-01-17-211508.png

    21 people found this answer helpful.

  2. LumberJ4Ck 56 Reputation points
    2022-05-17T15:36:54.09+00:00

    Turning off my HUD FPS Layout in NVIDIA Settings (ALT + Z) appears to have resolved the issue for me.202891-image-2022-05-17-19-33-42.png

    11 people found this answer helpful.

  3. Limitless Technology 39,181 Reputation points
    2021-12-20T13:51:29.297+00:00

    Hi @TiredSoul

    You can check in the article below how to customize the taskbar in windows 11 and the different options you have to do this:

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/configuration/customize-taskbar-windows-11

    You also have the option to move the taskbar to the top using regedit, follow the instructions below:

    1) Search for regedit in the Start menu and open Registry Editor.

    2) Navigate to the key below:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects3​

    3) Right-click on the StuckRects3 key and select the “Export” option. Save a REG file to your desktop with an easy-to-identify name, such as bkp_registro_win11. This file is a backup of the registry key that will be modified, which you can restore if something goes wrong.

    4) Double click on the “Settings” value on the right side.

    5) In line 0008, place the mouse cursor in the fifth column, before the value 03 and press the “Del” key to delete the value 03. Then type 01 in the same place and click “OK” and close the editor .

    6) Finally, restart Windows Explorer to apply the change. Open the Task Manager with "Ctrl + Shift + Esc", right click in Windows Explorer and select the option "Restart."

    7) Once this is done, the taskbar will appear at the top of the Windows 11 desktop.

    If you want to return the Windows 11 taskbar to the bottom of the desktop, just double click on the REG file you exported and finally restart Windows Explorer.


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    4 people found this answer helpful.

  4. Mario Liebisch 36 Reputation points
    2022-03-11T06:32:12.627+00:00

    Microsoft acknowledged the issue in this Feedback Hub thread and promised a solution to be included starting with build 22567.

    For the time being, you can also use this tool, which runs in background and tries to fiddle with windows styles to avoid the issue. I've been using it for quite some time and only some games bug out the task bar, but this can be fixed by hitting the Windows key once or twice to make the start menu pop up and close. After that the cursor makes it reappear as expected.

    2 people found this answer helpful.

  5. Ary 6 Reputation points
    2022-09-29T11:26:02.2+00:00

    I have tried mucking around with the regedit and followed the online articles and videos but still the new updates on the Windows 11 revert back to the defaults.
    I now absolutely hate the windows 11 ! hate how the new windows 11 doesn't allow you to move your task bar to the top. Having the task bar at the bottom is not ergonomic and it hurt my neck.
    What happened to having the option to customize your windows

    1 person found this answer helpful.
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