How to get Windows 10 taskbar in Windows 11 for free

Are you looking for a way to imitate the look of the Windows 10 taskbar in Windows 11? There is a tool available called “ExplorerPatcher” that makes this possible.

It does have some limitations. For example, you cannot customize the Start menu from Windows 10. However, click on the Start button in the redesigned Windows 10 taskbar in Windows 11. The Windows 11 Start menu will open.

Also, you can’t drag and drop apps to the taskbar, and the old familiar features of the Windows 10 taskbar don’t work either. It’s just for looks and ease of use, then the Start button is back on the left side.

How to get Windows 10 taskbar in Windows 11 for free

To get started, download ExplorerPatcher. Then, open the installation file and give permission to install the app.

If a Windows Smartscreen notification comes up, click Run Anyway to install the app. After installation, the Windows 11 taskbar is immediately resized to the taskbar familiar from Windows 10.

You will immediately see that the Start button and the entire alignment of the taskbar are moved to the left side.

Alignment start button to the left in Windows 11

If you then click on the taskbar, you will notice that the Start menu opens in the middle. You can adjust this to the left side through the app settings.

To open the properties of “ExplorerPatcher” click on free space in the taskbar. Next, click on Properties in the menu.

Open ExplorerPatcher settings

The properties of the “ExplorerPatcher” app will now open. By adjusting settings here, you can change the settings of the custom taskbar.

Left-click on the Start menu and change “Position on screen” to “At Screen edge”. The Start menu will now open on the left side.

Align startbutton to the left

You have many more features you can enable and options you can customize. I recommend looking at the features and options one by one and adjusting them to your liking.

If you uninstall “ExplorerPatcher” again, all settings will be reset to the default settings in Windows 11. This app has no other negative impact on the functioning of Windows.

I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!

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