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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
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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
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@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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switch
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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
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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?
15 days ago  • #17
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
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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!
11 days ago  • #18
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Phaewryn
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Quote:
@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!
8 days ago  • #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.
4 days ago  • #20
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