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Taskbar shortcuts appearing on wrong screen

  1. #1

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Taskbar shortcuts appearing on wrong screen

    Hi all

    I'm new to the forum and looking for some help with a strange problem I am having with my windows 8.

    I have an ASUS laptop running 8.0 which I am running with a second screen (dell monitor) connected via VGA. I have it set so the external monitor is the primary screen and the laptop is the secondary screen. It is set for a taskbar on each display, with the primary taskbar containing the shortcuts on the monitor, so when I click them they open there. It's been working fine for months.

    So I switched it on today and my taskbar shortcuts have jumped to the taskbar on the second (laptop) screen, however my external display is still set as the primary and still has my desktop icons, trashcan etc but a blank taskbar (like the one that used to be on the secondary display)! When I click the shortcuts which are now on the taskbar of the laptop screen they open on the monitor. (ie the wrong screen) I disconnected the monitor, turned off the extended desktop and set it to just use the laptop screen. All my desktop icons moved to the laptop screen but the taskbar shortcuts vanished and I was left with a blank taskbar. If I plug the monitor in again and extend the desktop they reappear, but on the wrong screen. Even if I reboot without the external screen connected I get no shortcuts until I plug in the monitor and set it to extend the desktop. I have checked all the taskbar settings and they are all correct.

    It's driving me nuts, can anyone please help?!


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  2. #2

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    More details... Although the taskbar shortcuts have moved to the second screen, the clock, tray etc is still where it used to be. It seems just the shortcuts are affected!

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  3. #3

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    Try unpinning one and then repining it to the taskbar, and see if it moves to where it should be. Or, repin them all with the external monitor disconnected.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 1
    windows 8.1

    Hi. I had the same problem and I think it's a bug. Here's what I did to make it work:

    1. Go to display settings (several ways to do this, but the easiest is to right-click on the desktop, then select "Screen Resolution")
    2. Select monitor 2 and check the box for "Make this my main display" and click "OK."
    3. Select monitor 1 again and check the box for "Make this my main display" and click "OK."

    Not sure why it worked but it worked.
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