Taskbar and multiple monitors


wimorrison

Member
Local time
7:57 AM
Posts
48
OS
Win11
I have three monitors with the central as the main screen. I also like to hide the taskbar as it distracts me during normal work, however sometimes I want to unhide it, which I can do from the main screen but is not possible from either of the other screens. Also when I unhide it from the central screen it doesn't always appear on-top of the fullscreen applications displayed on the other screens e.g. Outlook, Edge, etc.

I am using Win 11 21H2 version 22000.348 with all patches and updates applied.

Any ideas or suggestions on how to resolve either of these issues?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude 7490
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8350U CPU @ 1.70GHz, 189
    Memory
    8GB

glasskuter

Well-known member
Power User
VIP
Local time
1:57 AM
Posts
1,581
Location
The Lone Star State of Texas
OS
Windows 11 Pro 21H2 22000.675
I don't have a second monitor but try this. On your main display, try right clicking on taskbar-taskbar settings-taskbar behaviors-make sure both "automatically hide the taskbar" and "show my taskbar on all displays' is checked. Under "when using multiple displays, show my taskbar apps on" toggle the arrow to be "all taskbars"

There's also a third party app called TaskBarX that controls most every aspect of the taskbar itself as well as options for multiple displays. I have personally never used it but others on these forums have suggested it. It is installable, but there is also a portable version of it you can try before you install it. It came out for Windows 10 but there is also a Win11 version now. There's a small fee if you get it from the windows store but it's free if you download it.

I too, had the issue of my taskbar not appearing on top of full screen apps, but I could get it to show by clicking the restore/maximize button. I noticed it was mainly for programs I had installed rather than Windows apps. I believe this is by design. I have always been notorious for setting all the programs I use regularly to open maximized so what I did was change their properties back to run as normal window, then dragging the window edges to be a hair shy of full screen. When the app is closed, windows remembers its size and opens that way the next time it is used and my taskbar appears on top of it. Hope it works for you.
 
Last edited:

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 22000.675
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900
    Memory
    32 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 m.2 2230-256+1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    standard
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Top Bottom