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Extend the taskbar to multiple screens

Submitted by nick on November 2, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Now when you have multiple screens, the taskbar is only shown on the first one.
It is annoying not having the taskbar extend onto the next screen because you can't see which windows are on there.

It would be nice if the taskbar extends to all the screens, preferably a taskbar per screen.

High

High

Fixed

It's there in Windows 8.

Discussion (21 comments)

nick wrote on November 2, 2008, 8:14pm

Assigned to categories: "Usability"

azz0r wrote on November 2, 2008, 10:29pm

Again, criminal that this isn't already implemented.

erwinlee wrote on November 3, 2008, 3:11am

I think this is useful

adondai wrote on November 3, 2008, 8:35am

Have you even been following Windows 7 announcements? I have no idea if this is implemented in the current build but it's something Sinofsky has already said will be coming and is one of the most highly requested features from users and the Windows developers themselves.

GRiNSER wrote on November 3, 2008, 11:22am

Watched the "Integrate to the Windows 7 Desktop" PDC talk an channel 9 and the guy answered a question at the end that this will be considered for 7 but he thinks only Windows 8 will implement it.
Man, yet another round of Windows where I have to use UltraMon (Though this tool really rocks).

steeeve wrote on November 3, 2008, 3:08pm

"criminal" - understatement!

Would be great to have the amazing new taskbar spread over multiple screens.

nick wrote on November 3, 2008, 5:11pm

Are you serious? This is something that so many people want/need. (for a long time)
I use Ultramon too, but I think this at least should be a basic feature in Windows. It doesn't need all the extra features like Ultramon, but at least it should have the taskbar on every screen, as on the first desktop.

mdta wrote on November 3, 2008, 7:06pm

Rather than extending the taskbar, why not have a secondary one for screens minimized on secondary screens.

GRiNSER wrote on November 4, 2008, 12:36am

I would like to have the UltraMon way implemented in Windows directly...

hpmoon wrote on November 4, 2008, 5:32pm

I recommend this approach as a related, more thorough solution:

http://www.windows7taskforce.com/view/97

keff wrote on November 4, 2008, 10:57pm

If I could have one wish from taskforce implemented, it would be this one. Badly.

JonathanJ wrote on November 7, 2008, 2:14am

"@LostLogic – the task bar is going to remain anchored to the primary monitor."
Stevn Sinofsky at E7.

Looks like Microsoft decided against this.

ups wrote on January 12, 2009, 3:30am

I think that them main reason against it implementation is the fact of loosing some integrity in usability.

if a user has several windows of the same program in several monitors, 2 things can happen:
1. All windows are showed in a "blob" in one of the monitors. Here, the usefulness of a second taskbar diminishes as the windows are concentrated in one stack. (present case)
2. Each taskbar shows its own windows (what we want). In this case, the user might not be able to find the window were it expect because it is on the other monitor/taskbar.
(And forbid Microsoft of beeing blamed for loosing windows)

Because of this.. power users that now how to look in several places or remember where the windows are still have to suffer!

Now, everyone waiting for a version of Ultramon that implements super taskbar with all the bells and whistle. I would hate to revert to XP style because of it!

vgalaguza wrote on June 10, 2010, 9:45am

Don't do this. If you have for example two screens - move taskbar to the rigth. You get the maximum height for your application. It is very convenient. Try.

bigonroad wrote on June 25, 2010, 9:20pm

No, I totally think that this should be included in Windows.

However, until it is, I think Display Fusion Pro totally fills the gap.

I reviewed it at http://allaboutchris.co.uk/blog/2010/one-taskbar-to-rule-them-all/

Bless,
Chris

vgalaguza wrote on June 26, 2010, 6:43pm

how many people - as many opinions

Archangel wrote on September 19, 2010, 6:10am

I voted for, but it seems many people uses multi-monitor in different ways. I think this can not be a default option, but one should be able to activate it with a right click option on any secondary monitor "Extend task bar to this monitor" and the OS should also remember this option on reboot.

Far-a-Day wrote on December 15, 2010, 8:46am

To extend taskbar to secondary monitors you can only by using a third-party software.
I recommend Actual Multiple Monitors, because it's the only software, which grants you ( http://www.actualtools.com/articles/detail.php?ID=1265 ) full-functional taskbar on secondary monitors with full Windows 7 features supports... read the article by the link.

filosoff88 wrote on January 12, 2011, 7:32am

2 Far-a-Day

Thanks, it's really cool!..

I found comparison table of multiple monitor software in wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_multi-monitor_software)

ulcjonkyoyz wrote on October 2, 2011, 3:06pm



Comment edited on October 27, 2011, 6:36am

onkyoulejyy wrote on October 14, 2011, 1:43pm



Comment edited on October 27, 2011, 6:36am

nyp wrote on October 27, 2011, 4:36am

Changed status from [Not fixed] to [Fixed]

Ichinisan wrote on December 13, 2011, 8:11pm

Would be even better if a running application's taskbar button moves to the correct taskbar automatically when a window is moved from one display to the other. I can think of some technical problems that might keep it from happening automatically in some cases, but the user should be able to over-ride it and move the taskbar button anyway.

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