Personalization Enable or Disable Show Taskbar on All Displays in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable show the taskbar on all displays for your account, specific users, or all users in Windows 11.

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons (icons) aligned to the center by default.

If you have more than one display connected to your PC, then you can show the taskbar on all displays instead of just on the main display.

The main taskbar is the taskbar with the clock and taskbar corner icons on it, and is on your main display. Taskbars that show on other displays not set as your main display do have the clock (if turned on), but do not have the taskbar corner icons on them.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Show Taskbar on All Displays for Current User in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Show Taskbar on All Displays for Current User using BAT file
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable Show Taskbar on All Displays for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Four: Enable or Disable Show Taskbar on All Displays for All Users using REG file


EXAMPLE: Show taskbar on all displays in Windows 11

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Option One

Turn On or Off Show Taskbar on All Displays for Current User in Settings


1 Open Settings (WIn+I).

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Taskbar on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on Taskbar behaviors on the right side to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Check (on) or Uncheck (off - default) Show my taskbar on all displays for what you want on the right side under Taskbar behaviors. (see screenshot below)

Show_taskbar_on_all_displays-2.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Show Taskbar on All Displays for Current User using BAT file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.

2 Turn On Show Taskbar on All Displays

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON_Show_taskbar_on_all_displays.bat


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
REG ADD HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced /V MMTaskbarEnabled /T REG_dWORD /D 1 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

3 Turn Off Show Taskbar on All Displays

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_Show_taskbar_on_all_displays.bat


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
REG ADD HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced /V MMTaskbarEnabled /T REG_dWORD /D 0 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

4 Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5 Unblock the .bat file.

6 Run the .bat file.

7 You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly open and close as the explorer process is restarted to apply the registry changes.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.




Option Three

Enable or Disable Show Taskbar on All Displays for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Four to configure the same policy.


1 Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Show_taskbar_on_all_displays_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, double click/tap on the Do not allow taskbars on more than one display policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

5 Enable Show Taskbar on All Displays

This is the default setting to allow using Option One and Option Two.

This will also allow using the When using multiple displays, show my taskbar apps on setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)​

Show_taskbar_on_all_displays_gpedit-2.png

6 Disable Show Taskbar on All Displays

This will disable and prevent using Option One and Option Two.

This will also disable and prevent using the When using multiple displays, show my taskbar apps on setting.


A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)​

Show_taskbar_on_all_displays_gpedit-3.png

7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

8 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.




Option Four

Enable or Disable Show Taskbar on All Displays for All Users using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. Enable Show Taskbar on All Displays for All Users

This is the default setting to allow using Option One and Option Two.

This will also allow using the When using multiple displays, show my taskbar apps on setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_show_taskbar_on_all_displays_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"TaskbarNoMultimon"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"TaskbarNoMultimon"=-


 3. Disable Show Taskbar on All Displays for All Users

This will disable and prevent using Option One and Option Two.

This will also disable and prevent using the When using multiple displays, show my taskbar apps on setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_show_taskbar_on_all_displays_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"TaskbarNoMultimon"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"TaskbarNoMultimon"=dword:00000001

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Last edited:
Some issues remain. If I autohide, on the second window, if I move the mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen, it does not unhide the taskbar. I also have to right-click on the mouse to pop it up.

Also, unlike Windows 10, the date/time is not displayed on the second taskbar. I have used this to see the time if I am, for instance, watching a full-screen video on my main monitor (Tour de France right now).

Guess I will need to spend a chunk of time on the feedback hub tomorrow.
 

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Tutorial updated to add options 3 and 4 for group policy. :-)
 

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Hello
Is there a way to leave this option open and let the user decide what he prefers and mark the V by himself?
i mean that the option off the "show my task bar on all display" womt be grayd
 

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Tutorial updated to add options 3 and 4 for group policy. :-)
Hello
Is there a way to leave this option open and let the user decide what he prefers and mark the V by himself?
i mean that the option off the "show my task bar on all display" womt be grayd
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
Hello
Is there a way to leave this option open and let the user decide what he prefers and mark the V by himself?
i mean that the option off the "show my task bar on all display" womt be grayd

Hello, :alien:

If you don't configure the group policy in option 3 or 4, user will be able to use option 1 or 2 to set it how they like if that's what you meant.
 

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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
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    CPU
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    Memory
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    Sound Card
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