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DrSuSE
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Sorry if this is somewhere already, just unclear to me as I try to work it out.
Can I use DF to replace the Windows 11 Taskbar on my primary display with full functionality?
So far... I have both taskbars on my Primary, the native taskbar is not removed. Also I noticed I cannot click the calendar to get the notification pane/etc.
Using latest beta.
Thanks.
Oct 8, 2021  • #1
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hello,

We currently don't support completely replacing the Windows taskbar, but we do have this open as a feature request. I've added your vote to it, so we'll be sure to let you know if we have any news on it in the future.

That calendar issue is on our list to look into as well.

Thanks!
Oct 8, 2021  • #2
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DrSuSE
7 discussion posts
Much appreciated. Was looking at DF as a means of getting taskbar labels back.
Oct 8, 2021  • #3
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jdrewrd
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I'm the same as I would like to have labels and hate grouping taskbar icons. I want to see the file name of open documents. I also would like them only displayed on the monitor where they are located. I don't see these options with the new Windows 11 taskbar.
Oct 8, 2021  • #4
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Bethany Brennan
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I'm the same as I would like to have labels and hate grouping taskbar icons. I want to see the file name of open documents. I also would like them only displayed on the monitor where they are located. I don't see these options with the new Windows 11 taskbar.

I haven't looked into what Windows 11 is changing yet, but am I correct in understanding what you said here to mean that Windows 11 makes it so DF cannot have ungrouped things on the taskbar? I am extremely anti-grouping on the task bar as I am a huge multitasker with 100 applications and browsers and spreadsheets open at a time--I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE TITLES ON THE BAR WITHOUT HAVING TO MOUSE OVER.
I wish I could setup some kind of notification to lmk when DF supports doing this for Windows 11 and I will just wait until then to update to 11. Nothing Windows 11 could offer me would matter more than Displayfusion running properly with ungrouped icons with titles.
Oct 8, 2021  • #5
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DrSuSE
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I'm the same as I would like to have labels and hate grouping taskbar icons. I want to see the file name of open documents. I also would like them only displayed on the monitor where they are located. I don't see these options with the new Windows 11 taskbar.

I haven't looked into what Windows 11 is changing yet, but am I correct in understanding what you said here to mean that Windows 11 makes it so DF cannot have ungrouped things on the taskbar? I am extremely anti-grouping on the task bar as I am a huge multitasker with 100 applications and browsers and spreadsheets open at a time--I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE TITLES ON THE BAR WITHOUT HAVING TO MOUSE OVER.
I wish I could setup some kind of notification to lmk when DF supports doing this for Windows 11 and I will just wait until then to update to 11. Nothing Windows 11 could offer me would matter more than Displayfusion running properly with ungrouped icons with titles.

You can ungroup and show labels on the DF taskbar, but that doesn't help your taskbar on the primary display which remains the native Windows taskbar. And on Win 11... no ungrouping and no labels.
I did find a PERFECT solution about an hour ago... but I don't really want to advertise other software here.
Oct 8, 2021  • #6
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Bethany Brennan
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I'm the same as I would like to have labels and hate grouping taskbar icons. I want to see the file name of open documents. I also would like them only displayed on the monitor where they are located. I don't see these options with the new Windows 11 taskbar.

I haven't looked into what Windows 11 is changing yet, but am I correct in understanding what you said here to mean that Windows 11 makes it so DF cannot have ungrouped things on the taskbar? I am extremely anti-grouping on the task bar as I am a huge multitasker with 100 applications and browsers and spreadsheets open at a time--I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE TITLES ON THE BAR WITHOUT HAVING TO MOUSE OVER.
I wish I could setup some kind of notification to lmk when DF supports doing this for Windows 11 and I will just wait until then to update to 11. Nothing Windows 11 could offer me would matter more than Displayfusion running properly with ungrouped icons with titles.

You can ungroup and show labels on the DF taskbar, but that doesn't help your taskbar on the primary display which remains the native Windows taskbar. And on Win 11... no ungrouping and no labels.
I did find a PERFECT solution about an hour ago... but I don't really want to advertise other software here.

So as it stands right now DF cannot overwrite the taskbar on the primary display at all for Windows 11?
Oct 8, 2021  • #7
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DrSuSE
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I'm the same as I would like to have labels and hate grouping taskbar icons. I want to see the file name of open documents. I also would like them only displayed on the monitor where they are located. I don't see these options with the new Windows 11 taskbar.

I haven't looked into what Windows 11 is changing yet, but am I correct in understanding what you said here to mean that Windows 11 makes it so DF cannot have ungrouped things on the taskbar? I am extremely anti-grouping on the task bar as I am a huge multitasker with 100 applications and browsers and spreadsheets open at a time--I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE TITLES ON THE BAR WITHOUT HAVING TO MOUSE OVER.
I wish I could setup some kind of notification to lmk when DF supports doing this for Windows 11 and I will just wait until then to update to 11. Nothing Windows 11 could offer me would matter more than Displayfusion running properly with ungrouped icons with titles.

You can ungroup and show labels on the DF taskbar, but that doesn't help your taskbar on the primary display which remains the native Windows taskbar. And on Win 11... no ungrouping and no labels.
I did find a PERFECT solution about an hour ago... but I don't really want to advertise other software here.

So as it stands right now DF cannot overwrite the taskbar on the primary display at all for Windows 11?

That seems to be correct per Owen's reply to my initial post.
Oct 8, 2021  • #8
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DrSuSE
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If a BFS rep tells me it's ok, I will share the solution I found. It is much smaller scope than DF, but I still don't feel right about it without their approval.
Oct 8, 2021  • #9
swarfega's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Please add my vote too. I find it utterly bizarre the way they've crippled the taskbar like that.
Oct 8, 2021  • #10
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jdrewrd
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I'm the same as I would like to have labels and hate grouping taskbar icons. I want to see the file name of open documents. I also would like them only displayed on the monitor where they are located. I don't see these options with the new Windows 11 taskbar.

Correction - you CAN have only taskbar icons on the taskbar corresponding to the monitor they are open on with native Win11. Exploring more, I still have not found a way without extra software to ungroup icons. This is an awful move by MS. Looking forward to DF updates!
Oct 8, 2021  • #11
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Bethany Brennan
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Please add my vote too. I find it utterly bizarre the way they've crippled the taskbar like that.

They have turned the taskbar into... a line of desktop icons-but without the option of labels on the icons, and you can't have multiple icons for the same application or filetype directly on the desktop (only by mousing over).
I think my biggest problem with this isn't the huge inconvenience this would cause me but with the lack of being able to come up with any sort of logical reasoning behind them deciding to do this.
Oct 8, 2021  • #12
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jdrewrd
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I mean, I think it's clear they're sort of emulating the MacOS bar because it is nice aesthetically. In my opinion, multi-program tasking is the biggest advantage for a Windows PC over a Mac and the taskbar is a big part of that. I think the outcry will be enough that either MS or DF will fix this.
Oct 8, 2021  • #13
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hello,

@DrSuSE That's fine to post :)

@Bethany Brennan We have an advanced setting called "Show DisplayFusion taskbar on Windows taskbar monitor" that you can use to have both taskbars appear. We don't have a way to remove the windows taskbar and replace it with a DisplayFusion taskbar, although this is on our feature request list.

Thanks!
Oct 13, 2021  • #14
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DrSuSE
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This has worked absolutely flawlessly for me and given me control to just enable the tweaks I want:
https://www.startallback.com
Oct 13, 2021  • #15
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Mike Teruel
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I don't know if it's because of StartAllBack, but since I've had both StartAllBack and DF installed, when I click on the Start Menu on my secondary display, it only opens the Start menu on my primary monitor.
Also, a feature I'd like to see in DF (once it's able to un-group taskbar buttons / windows) is the ability to drag and re-order taskbar buttons / windows by right clicking and dragging.
Oct 14, 2021  • #16
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DrSuSE
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I am not sure, obviously lots of configuration unknowns... but I have both and do not have that issue.
Oct 14, 2021  • #17
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Andrew Whittington
16 discussion posts
Would also like this feature to replace taskbar on main display.
Nov 4, 2021  • #18
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peterslo
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I'm also very interested in this option.
Dec 9, 2021  • #19
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Sean Murphy2
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I've been a DisplayFusion user for 15+ years. Add my vote for replacing the Windoze 11 primary taskbar. Like many, I hate Windoze 11's lack of text labels. My two side monitors with DisplayFusion taskbars work perfectly, but having both Windoze and Displayfusion taskbars on the main monitor is clunky compared to the Windoze 10 full replacement.
Jan 8, 2022  • #20
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Votes added :)
Jan 10, 2022  • #21
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Stefan Skoog
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+1 vote from me!
One of the most important feature from DF is replacing the Win taskbar and make it look equal on all screens. It stopped working now when I'm running Win11.
Jan 20, 2022  • #22
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Ina Lindenberg
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Add my vote as well, please :)

Windows 11 seems ok, but a taskbar that looks like a dock is not for me.
Apr 12, 2022  • #23
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Scott Elsdon114509
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Adding + Vote also from me, mandatory grouping of textless icons is dammed frustrating. I can pay again for Start121, or diplayfusion, add it will you ?
Apr 13, 2022  • #24
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Votes added!
Apr 14, 2022  • #25
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nan0
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+1

In the meantime, for anyone who wants to hide the Windows taskbar manually: Use nircmd (https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html), set the Windows taskbar to Auto-hide and make it fully transparent with
nircmd win trans class Shell_TrayWnd 0
(
nircmd win trans class Shell_SecondaryTrayWnd 0
for second monitor). To make it visible again, use 255 instead of 0.
Apr 16, 2022 (modified Apr 16, 2022)  • #26
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Clint Hay
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I hope DF can resolve the Windows Main Taskbar issue soon, glad we can use it to adjust the taskbar on all the non-primary displays.
Jun 16, 2022  • #27
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Sullie
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Vote.
Aug 5, 2022  • #28
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Marc Couture
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Ditto

I also use DF in combination with the open source ExplorerPatcher utility to use the Windows 10 taskbar (instead of the new crappy Windows 11 version). I restart Explorer to get icons to show up at the bottom of the screen (especially useful for Microsoft Teams).
Jan 5, 2023 (modified Jan 5, 2023)  • #29
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Ian J. Saul
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Vote +1!

I got tired of my window positions jumping all over the place when sleep/resume, which lead me to DF. I was using ExplorerPatcher, thinking there was no better alternative, but DF seems amazing!
May 30, 2023  • #30
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Votes added :)
May 30, 2023  • #31
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Geoffrey Wixom
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Add my vote to replacing the Windows 11 taskbar
Jun 6, 2023  • #32
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Slipi
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Vote
Jun 6, 2023  • #33
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Alin Cocos
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Please also add my vote. And I have an issue with icons on the taskbar. On previous versions or on windows 10 maybe, when I have opened one window on second monitor, the icon was shown only on the second monitor in the taskbar. Now it's on both taskbars. Thank you.
Jun 13, 2023  • #34
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SQLG0d
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Add my vote too. Please make it so DF can COMPLETELY replace the Win11 taskbar.
Aug 16, 2023  • #35
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Votes added!
Aug 16, 2023  • #36
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Mike Teruel
29 discussion posts
I already have this working. I use nircmd to disable the Windows taskbar at login. Then DF taskbars take over.
Aug 16, 2023 (modified Aug 16, 2023)  • #37
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erept0r
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+1 Vote
Oct 12, 2023  • #38
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sunk818
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I'd pay another $20 as a premium tier of DisplayFusion, if you we can have Windows 10 Start Menu (all apps on left, and pinned start menu items on the right with grouping). #2 the ability to move the task bar top, left side, right side, bottom. 8) why would microsoft limit the start menu when they had all that desktop screen space to expand it. ::)
Feb 14, 2024  • #39
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iUndef
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I also want to add my vote to this request. It really sucks having to use an additional application (StartAllBack, Start11, etc) to accomplish customizing the primary taskbar, because in most cases it seems like while those programs fix some issues, the incompatbilites caused by using two programs causes other, sometimes more annoying, issues to appear. Please help us
Feb 14, 2024  • #40
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