Microsoft OS users across the world have been busy acclimatizing themselves to the new Windows 11 update, which includes major visual and technical changes.
However, it seems as if one change did not sit well with everyone: the removal of numerous taskbar options. The once flexible, movable taskbar is now stuck to the bottom of your screen – whether you like it or not.
Gone Are The Days of the Movable Taskbar
When a leak of Windows 11 first came out, eyebrows were raised at the prospect of the removal of the movable taskbar. However, many users still held out hope that this leaked build was simply unfinished, it not being the final version. But considering its clear basis on Windows 10, it was strange that this function was nowhere to be seen.
Now that Microsoft has confirmed Windows 11, more details have been released – including a list of deprecated features. According to this, the taskbar in the new Windows update is now permanently located at the bottom of the screen.
Windows’ default settings have always featured a bottom taskbar, but the movable taskbar function had been present since Windows 95. Whether you were a frequent user of this feature or not, it’s a major change for a Windows update.
Moving is not the only taskbar function that has vanished. Another instance is the disappearance of classic window labels, which can no longer be enabled on the taskbar.
The Convenience of a Movable Taskbar
Like many others, I am of the opinion that the best location to place the taskbar is to the left side of the screen. It is the most logical option from both a practical and mathematical point of view. This is especially true if you own a widescreen monitor, which is increasingly common nowadays.
Thus, the removal of the movable taskbar is nonsensical to me. While some may think that an overload of customization choices can be overwhelming, the argument simply does not hold in this case. It was never really a “choice”.
Users never had to make the customization choice of relocating the taskbar during setup. Rather, it had always been on the bottom by default, without even the notification of other options when starting the desktop for the first time. Unless you wish to change it and intentionally seek out a solution, most users would probably never be aware that the taskbar alignment could be changed.
Thus, this customization option never caused complications in the first place. Moreover, Windows 11 came with other – you guessed it, customization choices – which surely would not add to the simplicity of the OS. The Start Button and taskbar icons are now located in the center, and there is an option to change that.
Understandably, Microsoft would want to simplify the lengthy taskbar menu in Windows 10, which can be accessed by right-clicking. But this is no reason to remove the function from the settings completely, especially when a new option has been added. These settings can simply be buried away as before for those who need to use them, without overwhelming the average user.
The need to move the taskbar is going to persist regardless, and now people will have to rely on third-party applications to do so. There has already been a huge series of third-party tools that serve to edit Windows to the user’s liking. Now, another one will have to be added to move the taskbar.
This downgrade is definitely not what I was expecting from Windows 11 – some things just simply don’t need to be changed.