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VMware unity taskbar covering DF taskbar.

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First: Excellent piece of software.
I am running it on my dual monitor W7 64bit rig.

I did not find any other thread that covers this so I am starting this new thread. My apologies if I have missed something.

I am using Vmware player on my second monitor.
Currently version e.x.p build-185517 (beta software).

The "move window to next monitor" and its like does not show on the Vmware player window.
This works perfectly on other applications.

When entering unity mode the DF taskbar on my secondary montor will be covered by the taskbar from my unity session.
This is an XP session if thats relevant.

I have attached a screencut from my second monitor that shows how this looks.
A = The Unity/XP session taskbar
B = DF taskbar partly covered by A
C = applications showing on DF taskbar. Currently Putty and the VMware Player

I am not even sure if this is a DF issue or an Vmware one.

Can anyone else verify this problem?
Or better yet. Offer a solution ?
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Oct 2, 2009  • #1
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on
It sounds like VMware Player isn't respecting the screen's workspace, and it only looking at the screen's bounds. I'm testing this further over the next couple of days though, so I'll be able to let you know if it is fixable. In the meantime, you can set the DisplayFusion taskbar to be on a different side of the monitor, so that it isn't overlapped. It's not a perfect solution, but it's a good temporary quick fix. :)
Oct 5, 2009  • #2
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Maybe I'm crazy, but I can't seem to find a way to make the Windows XP taskbar appear when using Unity mode. Is there a setting or something that I'm missing? Thanks!
Oct 5, 2009  • #3
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on
The latest beta adds TitleBar Buttons to VMware Player (as long as it's not maximized/full-screen), but I'm still unable to reproduce this Unity taskbar issue. You can find the beta here:
Oct 6, 2009  • #4
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Hi Jon,

The change you did to DF in did the trick regarding the "double covering taskbar" problem.

I am not sure this is related but this latest version has a bonus!

In unity mode in VMware you will get one icon on the taskbar for the player/workstation itself.
This is on my second monitor.
The unity'fied program itself will also have a icon on the taskbar. In my case this is on the main monitor.
Version showed this application icon as the same icon as vmware player/workstation program.
This was not really an issue for me so I did not think of reporting it... sorry.

Now ( the icon on the application is the correct one.

Thank you for your effort.
I appreciate your commitment to your userbase.
2 days for fixing a user submitted request/bug is pretty good in my book!

I am the proud owner of a license for DisplayFusion.
Well spent money!!
Oct 7, 2009  • #5
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I'm glad to hear that it's working now, and thank you for your support! :)
Oct 7, 2009  • #6
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