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Move the Windows taskbar to a side monitor?

Aiken Drum
14 discussion posts
I'm running an nVidia surround setup with DF splitting it appropriately. I've disabled the two DF taskbars on the left and right monitors because I don't really want three taskbars. I only want it on one monitor, along the bottom.
Problem is, I want it on the *left* monitor, and DF insists on putting the windows taskbar in the middle monitor. If I try to drag it, it goes full-width while dragging, and then snaps back to the middle monitor.
I actually _need_ it to be on the left, and I need it to be the windows taskbar, not one of the DF taskbars. It's not just a preference. This is for complicated reasons to do with how I have things set up not just for PC, but for console and television.
Is there really no setting to say which (split) monitor is the primary monitor? Or at least which split is the one where the Windows taskbar resides? DF is the one doing the constraining, so it should be able to put it on any of the three., really.
Thanks...
Jun 27, 2015  • #1
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Unfortunately there isn't a way to choose which monitor gets the Windows taskbar at the moment, but it is on our feature request list. I've added your info, and I'll be sure to let you know when we're able to implement that.

Thanks!
Jun 29, 2015  • #2
Aiken Drum
14 discussion posts
Cheers, I look forward to it.
Jun 30, 2015  • #3
Aiken Drum
14 discussion posts
Any update on this? It really is a problem for me and I can't imagine it'd be a lot of work to fix, since you already select one split fairly arbitrarily for the taskbar. It seems to be whichever split contains the center point of the monitor. If I could just pick the split manually, even if it's just a textual setting/override in the Advanced options ("Windows Taskbar: 1.2") , it'd reduce a lot of daily headache for me.
Thanks...
Sep 26, 2015 (modified Sep 26, 2015)  • #4
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Sorry, no update on this yet. It's a bigger change than it seems on the surface, and would require a ton of testing to make sure we get everything right. It would also require an option that would need to fit somewhere in the UI, requires translations for the other languages, and new screenshots and help documentation. I'm not trying to make excuses or anything, just trying to provide some insight into how much work goes into every feature (big or small) that we add to DisplayFusion
Sep 29, 2015  • #5
Aiken Drum
14 discussion posts
Sorry, I'm not buying that you can't put something on an Advanced Option in about 20 minutes flat, localization notwithstanding. It already chooses one of the set of splits arbitrarily, so it's not hard-wired to one particular split. I'm sure it uses a simple mechanism to choose it, e.g, the split with the smallest average distance to the center of the screen.
If this isn't going to be seen to in an elegant/official manner any time soon, and I can tell by a lot of old request posts that things either get seen to right away (which is great) or just about never (which is not), then please just let me use an obscure. use-at-own-risk Advanced Option set to whatever the parameters are for the auto-select.
For instance, if my theory above is correct, then let me set the point it considers the "middle" and then let the code run normally to select the closest split, e.g. I could tell it (0.1667, 0.5) instead of the default (0.5, 0.5) to cause it to choose the left split instead of center. Something like that.
Moving the taskbar is a pretty basic feature a multimon manager should have. DF does have it for physical monitors, so you guys obviously know this. It just needs to work with splits. Thing is, I can tell by your response that no one has even looked at split support at this point. Are splits just a bullet point on the feature list, or are they going to be supported properly?
By the way, Keith, please don't take my tone personally. I've done support work in the past and I'll say your attitude and level of information-sharing are both pretty stellar. I don't want to shoot the messenger. But I still don't buy the response, regardless of whether someone else gave it to you or you composed it yourself. Being a professional tool dev+lead for 20 years myself, I do actually have a bit of a clue about code complexity.
Oct 5, 2015  • #6
Aiken Drum
14 discussion posts
PS: I'm high-energy about this because splits are the primary reason I purchased DisplayFusion, and I'm disappointed at the level of support they actually seem to have now that I'm using the feature on a daily basis.
Oct 5, 2015 (modified Oct 5, 2015)  • #7
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
If you just want a (mostly) unsupported Advanced Setting to try out, I think we should be able to do that. I've put it on our list to look at for the next version of DF and will let you know when it makes it into a beta.

Thanks!
Oct 6, 2015  • #8
Logan Blink Carriveau108136
1 discussion post
I'll throw in on this as well. Any update? I'll gladly run the beta version to get this feature working on my computer.
Jan 3, 2016  • #9
SHOrage
2 discussion posts
I second and third this, this is the only thing i am missing, every other request seems to be implemented...
I am not looking for multiple taskbars. I disabled this feature and the taskbar is spanned across the whole screen.
When i enable the taskbar functions in DS and disable the 2 DS taskbars, the windows taskbar snaps to the center screen and i cant move it to the left screen.
i just want my windows taskbar on the left monitor of my triple monitor setup. No other taskbars. Is this possible?
NIVIDIA SURROND 980GTX setup (TRIPLE MONITOR)
Thanks
FRANK
Jan 4, 2016 (modified Jan 4, 2016)  • #10
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Last Monday we released a new DisplayFusion beta version (https://www.displayfusion.com/Download/Beta) and you can now choose which split gets the Windows taskbar. In the Settings > Advanced Settings window, set the "Windows Taskbar Split Monitor ID" option to whichever split number you want it to be on, then restart DisplayFusion. For example, if monitor ID 2 is split into three parts, and you want the Windows taskbar to be on the left-most split, you would enter 2.1 into that option.

Thanks!
Jun 9, 2016  • #11
Loren Pechtel
4 discussion posts
Quote:
Last Monday we released a new DisplayFusion beta version (https://www.displayfusion.com/Download/Beta) and you can now choose which split gets the Windows taskbar. In the Settings > Advanced Settings window, set the "Windows Taskbar Split Monitor ID" option to whichever split number you want it to be on, then restart DisplayFusion. For example, if monitor ID 2 is split into three parts, and you want the Windows taskbar to be on the left-most split, you would enter 2.1 into that option.
Thanks!

New user here, looking for a better means of taming multi-monitor issues. This is exactly what I'm looking for--I now have 4 monitors, I want a normal taskbar on the bottom of window 3 and only window 3--in general use my "primary" monitor won't be used at all. It's the monitor I want full screen stuff to go to, though, so it has to be in the #1 slot. I have 3 in that option, I have restarted Display Fusion (I'm running the trial of 9.1--but since the option is there I would figure it's supposed to work) and the taskbar is up there on #1. (I don't actually care if #1 gets a copy of the taskbar. I don't want one on #2 and #4, though.)
Dec 29, 2017  • #12
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
To move the Primary (Windows) taskbar, you can right-click it, disable "Lock the taskbar," then click and drag it to the bottom of whichever monitor you want it on.

To disable DisplayFusion taskbars on specific monitors, right-click them and choose "Multi-Monitor Taskbar > Position > Disabled"

Hope that helps!
Jan 2, 2018  • #13
Loren Pechtel
4 discussion posts
Quote:
To move the Primary (Windows) taskbar, you can right-click it, disable "Lock the taskbar," then click and drag it to the bottom of whichever monitor you want it on.
To disable DisplayFusion taskbars on specific monitors, right-click them and choose "Multi-Monitor Taskbar > Position > Disabled"
Hope that helps!

Thanks! Works fine! I knew you could move it around but I didn't realize you could move it to a new monitor.
Jan 2, 2018 (modified Jan 2, 2018)  • #14
Sascha He32913
1 discussion post
Hello,
I also have a bit of a struggle with the taskbar.
I have two monitors. The taskbar should only be visible on the second.
So far no problem. But for some games I have to deactivate the second monitor. The taskbar then jumps to the first monitor. And when I reactivate the second monitor, it doesn't jump back.
So I have to manually unlock them again, move them over and adjust the size, because Windows always resets them to 1 line.
Is there a way to get the taskbar automatically back on the second monitor as soon as it is active again, and to set the height to 5 lines?
Edit: I found now a workaround. I´m using Makro Toolworks Free now and have recorded the mouse-movement for moving the taskbar.
Now i can move the taskbar with one keyboard-shortcut and reposition the windows with an other shortcut.
Not perfect, but it works.
May 7, 2021 (modified May 8, 2021)  • #15
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hi Sascha,

Glad to hear you found a solution! We do have an option in our advanced settings to set the split you want the Windows taskbar to be on if you have monitor splitting enabled, but we don't have an option to force the Windows taskbar to specific monitors.

Thanks!
May 12, 2021  • #16
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