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Ungroup Similar Taskbar Items in Windows 11?

Uriah
27 discussion posts
I just reverted back to Windows 10 when I realized there was no ungroup setting in Windows 11 for the taskbar. I don't recall having that issue when running the Windows 11 Preview on Hyper-V. I was able to get the taskbar itself to work really nicely with DF on the other monitors and managed to make it match stylistically without much difficulty (just a few tweaks to the height and such), but couldn't find any way to ungroup similar taskbar items. Am I missing something? It was virtually impossible to effectively manage 4 or 5 instances of VSCode where I had to rely on the workspace names to tell them apart. I'm baffled at how Microsoft could do such a thing and not get an absolute hell firestorm of negativity from professional users beforehand. I don't recall hearing anyone mention this on the major YouTube tech channels.
Oct 7, 2021 (modified Oct 7, 2021)  • #1
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hi Uriah,

If you right click an empty spot on a DisplayFusion taskbar, you can head to Multi-Monitor Taskbar > Group Buttons > Disabled.

Thanks!
Oct 8, 2021  • #2
Uriah
27 discussion posts
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Hi Uriah,
If you right click an empty spot on a DisplayFusion taskbar, you can head to Multi-Monitor Taskbar > Group Buttons > Disabled.
Thanks!

But this only works on the secondary taskbars. How do I re-enable the labels for the primary taskbar?
Oct 23, 2021  • #3
Alan Wade's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
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Hi Uriah,
If you right click an empty spot on a DisplayFusion taskbar, you can head to Multi-Monitor Taskbar > Group Buttons > Disabled.
Thanks!

But this only works on the secondary taskbars. How do I re-enable the labels for the primary taskbar?

Microsoft has, for now, disabled that option. You can get labels back with a third party software called StartAllBack
Link: https://www.startallback.com/
Oct 23, 2021  • #4
Uriah
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Hi Uriah,
If you right click an empty spot on a DisplayFusion taskbar, you can head to Multi-Monitor Taskbar > Group Buttons > Disabled.
Thanks!

But this only works on the secondary taskbars. How do I re-enable the labels for the primary taskbar?

Microsoft has, for now, disabled that option. You can get labels back with a third party software called StartAllBack
Link: https://www.startallback.com/

Bummer. I installed StartAllBack and it works (I went ahead and purchased a license for it as well since I hate being a leech), but it has some conflicts with duplicate sound and network icons showing up in the secondary taskbars managed by DisplayFusion (the secondary monitors show two network and two sound icons when running StartAllBack alongside DisplayFusion taskbars).
Are there any plans for DisplayFusion to have a pseudo-taskbar for the primary monitor like you're currently doing for the secondary ones? I hate having to run multiple utilities just to restore functionality that has existed in Windows for over 25 years...
I suspect Microsoft is going to continue dumbing the taskbar down as time progresses because they're too phucking stupid to realize that Windows is no longer the operating system used by grandma and grandpa. They now have mobile devices that do everything they need, and Microsoft already gave up on that crowd with the death of Windows Phone and Windows RT. Windows should be targeting power users, gamers, and professionals. If we wanted a desktop that looked like MacOS or ChromeOS, we'd be running MacOS or ChromeOS. I gotta have my taskbar labels because running 5 or 6 instances of VSCode at the same time on my primary monitor is a window management nightmare, because I have to hunt and peck everytime I press Win+Tab or Alt+Tab. It's mind boggling that Microsoft is this stupid.
Oct 23, 2021  • #5
Alan Wade's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
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Hi Uriah,
If you right click an empty spot on a DisplayFusion taskbar, you can head to Multi-Monitor Taskbar > Group Buttons > Disabled.
Thanks!

But this only works on the secondary taskbars. How do I re-enable the labels for the primary taskbar?

Microsoft has, for now, disabled that option. You can get labels back with a third party software called StartAllBack
Link: https://www.startallback.com/

Bummer. I installed StartAllBack and it works (I went ahead and purchased a license for it as well since I hate being a leech), but it has some conflicts with duplicate sound and network icons showing up in the secondary taskbars managed by DisplayFusion (the secondary monitors show two network and two sound icons when running StartAllBack alongside DisplayFusion taskbars).
Are there any plans for DisplayFusion to have a pseudo-taskbar for the primary monitor like you're currently doing for the secondary ones? I hate having to run multiple utilities just to restore functionality that has existed in Windows for over 25 years...
I suspect Microsoft is going to continue dumbing the taskbar down as time progresses because they're too phucking stupid to realize that Windows is no longer the operating system used by grandma and grandpa. They now have mobile devices that do everything they need, and Microsoft already gave up on that crowd with the death of Windows Phone and Windows RT. Windows should be targeting power users, gamers, and professionals. If we wanted a desktop that looked like MacOS or ChromeOS, we'd be running MacOS or ChromeOS. I gotta have my taskbar labels because running 5 or 6 instances of VSCode at the same time on my primary monitor is a window management nightmare, because I have to hunt and peck everytime I press Win+Tab or Alt+Tab. It's mind boggling that Microsoft is this stupid.

Thats one for the devs to answer but if you want a DF taskbar on your primary screen then that can be done through the settings but you need to set the primary taskbar to auto hide.
I think this post explains it:
https://www.displayfusion.com/Discussions/View/anyway-to-make-the-df-pro-taskbar-override-the-windows-taskbar/?ID=3d0cad5b-2ab0-4b2d-acbc-cd2b45389c38
Oct 23, 2021  • #6
Uriah
27 discussion posts
I'll be sure to try it out later today. Hopefully Keith sees this thread so he can chime in. It's extremely disappointing to see Microsoft make such basic mistakes. They should have learned their lesson on this type of non-sense with Windows 8.
Oct 24, 2021  • #7
Alan Wade's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
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I'll be sure to try it out later today. Hopefully Keith sees this thread so he can chime in. It's extremely disappointing to see Microsoft make such basic mistakes. They should have learned their lesson on this type of non-sense with Windows 8.

Forget that link I posted, it is a bit confusing.
Instead set your primary taskbar to autohide.
Right click on the DF icon and select Settings.
Click on Advanced settings.
Look in the Taskbar section for "Show DisplayFusion Taskbar On Windows Taskbar Monitor and click on it.
Set the option to Taskbar is shown on Windows tasbar monitor.
That should work, or at least it did for me.
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Oct 24, 2021  • #8
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hello,

As Alan mentioned, this currently isn't possible on the Windows taskbar, but that advanced setting he posted will add a DisplayFusion taskbar above your Windows taskbar.

We currently don't have a way to completely replace the Windows taskbar with a DisplayFusion taskbar, but we do have this open as a feature request, so I've added your vote.

Thanks!
Oct 25, 2021  • #9
Tysson
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Whilst running with StartAllBack, this still hasnt been rectified... afaik theres no way to modify to the second screen multi-monitor taskbar to not display wifi/sound as default so that it doesn't create the duplicate bug whilst running both programs which is unfortunate. If i've missed a setting or change that fixes this problem, please enlighten me.
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14 days ago (modified 14 days ago)  • #10
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hi Tysson,

If those secondary taskbars are DisplayFusion taskbars, you can disable the system tray icons by right clicking an empty spot on the taskbar > Multi Monitor Taskbar > System Tray Icons > Set that to "Disabled".

Hope that helps!
13 days ago  • #11
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