12/17/2015

Expand Taskbar on Multiple Monitors - Windows 10 / 8 Tutorial

If you are using Multiple Monitors on
a Windows 8 or Windows 10 PC, then you have the opportunity to expand Taskbar
on Multiple Monitors, and that is without using any third party application. In
this tutorial, you will learn to expand Taskbar on Multiple Monitors, and we
will also learn to configure some other settings for Multiple Taskbar.

To expand Taskbar over Multiple
Monitors, right-click on an empty area of your Taskbar, and then click
Properties, and here is that setting that you need to expand your taskbar over
Multiple Monitors. Show Taskbar on All Displays, make a check mark on this
option, and apply the changes, and in an instant, you can see that your Taskbar
is expanding over to all the monitors attached to your PC. But that is not all,
here are a few more settings that you can configure according to your
preference.

If you expand the “Show taskbar
buttons on” drop down menu, you will find 3 different settings here. If you
have selected the first option All Taskbars, which will also be the default
option, then you will see that the Taskbar has expanded to Multiple Monitors,
and showing you all the open applications icons on each taskbar, including the
Pinned items on the taskbar.

But if you don’t prefer to see the
Pinned Items on every taskbar around Multiple Monitors, then you can go for the
second option which is, Main Taskbar and Taskbar Where Window is Open”. Let me
explain you that, we refer Main Taskbar to as the Taskbar which has, System
Tray available on the bottom right corner including a Clock, Action Center and
other icons. You can see that the System Tray and Pinned Items will only be
available for your main display alone. If you go with this setting, then you
will only see opened Application Buttons on the Main Taskbar, and on the Taskbar
for the monitor from where that application has been opened. For instance, if I
open an application using the Start button of my second monitor, or even if I
move an application from main display to second monitor, then you will see open
app icon on the Main Display, and on the taskbar of that monitor where
application is opened or being shifted. Like, I will only see this Microsoft
Word and Notepad icon on my Main Display and Second Display Taskbar, and these
two taskbar icons will not be appearing on third or any other monitor.

If I go with the last option, “Taskbar
where window is open” and apply the changes, you can see that both, Microsoft
Word and Notepad Icons are only available on second monitor, and they are no
longer visible on my Main Display. This option is useful if you want to see the
open application icons only on those Taskbars, from which particular monitor
they have been opened. If you work with a lot of applications, then you may
find separate opened applications icon for each individual taskbars.

So this is how you can expand and
customize the Taskbar behavior over Multiple Monitors.