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Customizing the DisplayFusion Taskbar

By default, the DisplayFusion taskbar will match the behaviour of the Windows taskbar, but did you know that the DisplayFusion taskbar has a wealth of customization options that you can configure to best suit your needs?

Per-Taskbar Settings

Each taskbar element (Start button, shortcuts, application buttons, system tray, clock, and show desktop button) can be moved to either side of the taskbar, or disabled completely if you don't have a use for it on that particular monitor. Additionally, you can customize it further with the following:

  • Choose whether shortcuts combine with running buttons (like pinned items on the Windows taskbar)
  • Customize the height of the taskbar
  • Enable the taskbar to automatically hide when not in use
  • Disable application button grouping, so that each window of the same application gets its own button
  • Choose whether buttons show only the icon, or include the window title in addition to the icon
  • Disable the taskbar on a specific monitor, instead of all monitors (3+ monitors)

The customization options are per-taskbar settings. To access them, right-click a blank space on the taskbar itself and navigate to the Multi-Monitor Taskbar sub-menu. There you'll find a list of further sub-menus for each element containing the configuration options for each one.

If you'd like to reset all of the taskbars to the default settings again, you can use the "Reset All Taskbars" button on the DisplayFusion Settings > Taskbar tab.

Global Taskbar Settings

There are also some settings that affect all of the DisplayFusion taskbars. These settings are located on the DisplayFusion Settings > Taskbar tab.

Some of the options you can change there allow you to:

  • Change the taskbar mode, for example, you can configure it to show all open applications on all taskbars, instead of only on the monitor that the application is located on
  • Change or disable the action that is taken when a taskbar button is middle-clicked (open a new instance, close application, and more)
  • Change or disable the window previews that are shown when hovering over a button with the mouse
  • Enable or disable jump lists for taskbar buttons

Adding and Editing Shortcuts

The DisplayFusion taskbar allows you to add different types of shortcuts to the taskbar. You can add regular application shortcuts, like the Windows taskbar, but you can also add shortcuts to files, folders, and websites. By default, new windows opened from shortcuts on the DisplayFusion taskbar will be forced to move to that same monitor. This can be changed in the Taskbar Shortcuts editor.

Adding application shortcuts can be done by right-clicking a button on the DisplayFusion taskbar and choosing "Pin this program to Taskbar."

For the other shortcut types, you'll need to use the Taskbar Shortcuts window, accessible via the right-click menu on the taskbar, or by clicking the "Taskbar Shortcuts" button on the DisplayFusion Settings > Taskbar tab.

From there you can add all of the shortcut types, and also edit, rename, re-arrange, and specify custom icons for the shortcuts.

Screenshots

Here are a few sample screenshots of different taskbar configurations.

Per-Taskbar Settings
Per-Taskbar Settings


Buttons Aligned to the Middle
Buttons Aligned to the Middle


Buttons-Only Taskbar
Buttons-Only Taskbar


Start Button Disabled
Start Button Disabled


Tray Icons Disabled
Tray Icons Disabled


Shortcuts Editor
Shortcuts Editor
Feb 12, 2014 (modified Apr 14, 2016)  • #1
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Nick199
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This tells you WHAT you can do but not HOW. Kind of useless.
Dec 31, 2015  • #2
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
All of these options are available by right-clicking in a blank spot on the taskbar. Please see the first screenshot for reference.

Thanks!
Dec 31, 2015  • #3
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Finn Lynch
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It would be great if there was an ability to limit which applications displayed on one of the taskbars.

Use case: limit one taskbar to only show windows explorer windows (ungrouped)

Such limitations could help manage multiple windows more effectively.
Apr 29, 2016  • #4
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Riza Pacalioglu
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Instead of creating a 2nd taskbar for the 2nd monitor is it possible to extent the Windows taskbar so that start menu is on the left of 1st monitor and date/time on the right of the 2nd monitor (sietup to be the right of the 1st monitor)?
Mar 27, 2017  • #5
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@Riza: Unfortunately not, sorry!
Mar 28, 2017  • #6
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Paula J Johnson
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Good morning,

It would be helpful to be able to set a Multi-Monitor Taskbar, but have the same system tray clock (as I have added two more clocks for different time zones for family members). Is this possible? If so, how?

Thank you,
Paula
Jun 24, 2017  • #7
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@Paula: Are you wanting the extra time zones to show in the tooltip for the clock? Or right on the taskbar?
Jun 26, 2017  • #8
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jim swenson
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is it possible to remove the windows 10 taskbar completely and only use the DisplayFusion taskbars?
Mar 2, 2018  • #9
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@jim swenson
you can go under advanced settings, and select "show taskbar on all monitors" -
then you can set the win taskbar on auto-hide and move it to the side of the screen for example.
its a workaround but I think it is the only thing you can do for your main monitor.
Mar 2, 2018  • #10
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jim swenson
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I actually swear by displayfusion for multiple monitors, but I have run into this problem with it in the past also (with DF I mean), and I used to use a second program specifically for that feature in it. same 'genre'(?) of program tho, multiple monitor support... but between the two, I would push this software on any multiple display system I build (I actually do btw)... I might have to go back to using both programs... both your and theirs (whos name I can't remember, yours I can... kudos...) but thanks =) not like they they are memory hogs or anything =) keep up the good work! <3
Mar 2, 2018  • #11
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Arnaud Clarat46772
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Hello,
I would know if it's possible to desactivate the default Windows taskbar and replace it by the your? I have Win10 and two screen, i can do what i want on my second screen, but on the first screen either i only have the Windows or i have both of windows and your..
I don't know if i made my self understood but i hope
Thank you!
Mar 11, 2018  • #12
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Mar 12, 2018  • #13
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Hello

Would it be possible to add some "semi-grouping", like there is on the normal windows task bar? By this I mean that, when you try to drag e.g. Skype around on the task bar, all the Skype windows move together as one unit, and more importantly, they open besides each other. So the real feature request is that windows that belong to the same group, open next to windows of the same group, instead of just opening it at the end of the task bar. Since there already is functionality to group windows, it should be possible to do a small check of whether a window of the same group is open, then place the windows next to that. This could of course be some kind of toggle feature, for those who like the current implementation.

Thanks beforehand
Mar 20, 2018  • #14
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
This is on our list to implement, so I've added your info to the open ticket. We'll be sure to let you know when that's been added :)

Thanks!
Mar 21, 2018  • #15
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Sound really good.

On another note. It might be worth to update the pictures in the original post, since most people (i guess) use Windows 10, and the general UI, has received an overhaul.
Mar 22, 2018  • #16
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Phaewryn
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I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get Windows 10 Sticky Notes on my secondary displayfusion taskbar. I can't find it using the browse function from the displayfusion settings or anything. I can't open it to that monitor using the start menu on that monitor, it just opens on the primary taskbar. Can someone help me get a shortcut to Windows 10 Sticky Notes on my secondary taskbar? it's not in the add application or add file browse, and search doesn't find it. I am running the latest version of Windows 10 Home, all updates installed. I can't find Sticky Notes anywhere, but clearly I'm using them via the Microsoft Store App. How do I add them to my displayfusion secondary task bar?
May 11, 2018  • #17
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@Phaewryn: It looks like the Sticky Notes app is doing something special, as it doesn't show up in our normal detection methods for running/installed Universal apps. I've added this to our list to look into further.

Thanks!
May 15, 2018  • #18
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Phaewryn
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@Phaewryn: It looks like the Sticky Notes app is doing something special, as it doesn't show up in our normal detection methods for running/installed Universal apps. I've added this to our list to look into further.

Thanks!


Awesome, thank you!
May 18, 2018  • #19
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Gianna Blanchard
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Is it possible to add taskbar shortcuts to the primary monitor? I don't seem to have the right click menu on the taskbar for the primary monitor either.
May 22, 2018  • #20
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@Gianna: Unfortunately not. DisplayFusion doesn't replace the Windows taskbar on the primary monitor, so it doesn't have any control over it. Sorry!
May 30, 2018  • #21
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Mezlo
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One of my little pet peeves about DisplayFusion is that when you open anything in Control Panel, DF taskbar shows it as a Windows Explorer window rather than the Control Panel icon. Other than that, DF does exactly what I need it to do!
14 days ago  • #22
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@Mezlo: Is this in Windows 7 or Windows 10?
14 days ago  • #23
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Paula J Johnson
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I am sorry for the extreme delay in responding. When I hover over for the tooltip, it only shows the date. Perhaps you are saying that it would be possible to have it show the additional time zone as a tooltip. However it can be available - either as a tooltip or right on the taskbar, as long as I can view the different time zones, that would be perfect! Thank you for your patience with my getting back to you.

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@Paula: Are you wanting the extra time zones to show in the tooltip for the clock? Or right on the taskbar?
14 days ago  • #24
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@Paula: How did you add the extra clocks to the Windows taskbar? Did you have to use a third-party app?
13 days ago  • #25
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Phaewryn
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While I'm not Paula, adding extra clocks to the taskbar is trivial in windows 10: Click on the taskbar clock, then "Date and time settings", then "Add clocks for different time zones", check the "show this clock" checkbox, choose the time zone, enter a display name, click Apply. Now it will show both (or as many as you want) timezones as a mouseover.
13 days ago  • #26
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Paula J Johnson
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Yes, thank you Phaewryn. I did that prior to initially posting... and it works, on my main (1st) monitor. But when I hover (or mouseover) the date / time on the 2nd monitor, it only shows the current time zone. It seems trivial, but I have my computers arranged to my liking and the 1st monitor is a considerable distance from my 2nd monitor, where I do most of my work. If this would work on the 2nd monitor, that would be sufficient.
12 days ago  • #27
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Paula J Johnson
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Yes, which that third party app no longer works. Now the issue is just having the hover work on the 2nd monitor... please see post just before this one.

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@Paula: How did you add the extra clocks to the Windows taskbar? Did you have to use a third-party app?
12 days ago  • #28
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Phaewryn
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Ah, right, I see what you're getting at. That is actually a rather odd little bobble in the program, isn't it? It clearly displays my customized "show both 12 and 24 hour times" hack which I did in "Date and Time Settings/Additional date, time, & regional settings/Set the time and date/Change date and time/Change calendar settings/Customize Format/Time/Short time: h:mm tt - H:mm TT" on the second taskbar, but you're right, it does not show the additional time zones, or for that matter, any mouseover action. I suspect they just need to add the mouseover functionality (tooltip, whatever microsoft wants to call a mouseover)?

One other thing that's always annoyed me is that the clock on my secondary taskbar is in a different color font than on my primary monitor. A little thing, but annoying none-the-less. I use a high-contrast theme, and the DF taskbar clock just does not seem to understand it at all.
12 days ago  • #29
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One of my little pet peeves about DisplayFusion is that when you open anything in Control Panel, DF taskbar shows it as a Windows Explorer window rather than the Control Panel icon. Other than that, DF does exactly what I need it to do!


Huh, doesn't do that on mine. Shows correct icons on secondary DF taskbar (Windows 10).
12 days ago  • #30
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Ah yep, I see what you mean about the tooltip for the additional clocks. I found a ticket for this on our list so I've added your info to it.

@Phaewryn: Which High Contrast Theme do you have selected? I'll test this out.
12 days ago  • #31
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Phaewryn
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Ones I built myself,so I'd have to give you the code and then you'd have to go put it in your themes folder: %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes

I'm pretty sure they started as Windows's "High Contrast Black", and then I went in and tweaked from there, so probably any of the High Contrast Themes in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization would replicate the issue. To make one, you have to go into there and choose one of the existing high contrast themes, change some stuff using the UI, then "Save theme," then go into the theme folder and edit them in notepad++ (I think it might require administrator privileges to save in that folder, been a while since I built a theme).

My primary theme:

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and sometimes:

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11 days ago  • #32
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Thanks! Do you also have the "Taskbar: Force Classic Style" option enabled in the Advanced Settings window?
11 days ago  • #33
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Phaewryn
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I use ClassicShell for my classic start menu customizations. I can verify that setting though if you tell me where to look in DF to find it. I do not think I have anything going on there in DF, I think my start menu is all done through ClassicShell: http://www.classicshell.net/
11 days ago  • #34
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Sorry, I should have clarified, do you have the "Taskbar: Force Classic Style" option enabled in the DisplayFusion Settings > Advanced Settings window?
6 days ago  • #35
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Phaewryn
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Sorry, I should have clarified, do you have the "Taskbar: Force Classic Style" option enabled in the DisplayFusion Settings > Advanced Settings window?


No, I do not.
6 days ago  • #36
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Ok, strange. Could you send us some screenshots via our contact form of the difference between the Windows taskbar and the DF taskbar when you have that theme loaded?
4 days ago  • #37
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Phaewryn
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Ok, strange. Could you send us some screenshots via our contact form of the difference between the Windows taskbar and the DF taskbar when you have that theme loaded?


Done! Look for message from Phaewryn with your name in the subject. Here it is (attached) here as well.

FYI, I did follow your previous advise at https://www.displayfusion.com/Discussions/View/multimonitor-taskbars-two-very-different-colors-one-aero-one-not/?ID=35a1b18d-e1cd-4a10-bf3b-71ba1bbbb55b and so that setting is set to "Don't change the Aero color".
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