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No option to extend taskbar on multiple displays on 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1

    No option to extend taskbar on multiple displays on 8.1


    I am trying to extend the taskbar to my 2nd monitor on Windows 8.1

    I tried to use the tutorial on this site but I don't have any of those options. This is what it looks like for me:

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    Is there any other way? Thank you.

    PS - If it makes a difference: Primary computer resolution: 3200 x 1800
    2nd monitor: 1920 x 1200

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  2. #2


    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    I personally use Ultramon, which is fully Win8 compatible - however as this is commercial software, you may wish to check out alternatives

    UltraMon Alternative and Competitors list some, I cannot recommend any of these from experience but it is at least a start point
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  3. #3


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


    How is the second display hooked up? Is your desktop extended across both displays? Do both displays show up in the Display screen in control panel?
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  4. #4


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    As I run three monitors I checked to see if I have the ability to do this, and in my task bar "Properties Windows" there is the choice of whether or not to span across all screens, and yes it is available. So not sure why you aren't able to do so unless you do not so setup correctly. Hope you find your problem.
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  5. #5


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


    I also run three monitors and have my taskbar spanned across all three. On my laptop with only the built in display connected, all I see are the options shown in the OP's screen shot. It looks like you only get the extra options if you have more than one monitor setup. That's why I asked the OP how his second monitor is setup. Maybe his Windows thinks there is only one?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by is250 View Post
    PS - If it makes a difference: Primary computer resolution: 3200 x 1800
    wow what kind of monitor is that

    edit ,just google and see that resolution on some new 13" laptops
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  7. #7


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    To answer some Q's:

    1) Dell XPS 15 - the new one with QHD resolution.

    2) The monitor is connected via HDMI. I have it "extended" and Windows detects it just fine. But still no option to extend the taskbar.

    For those that have it working, are you using Windows 8 or 8.1? Not sure if that makes a difference?
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  8. #8


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by is250 View Post
    To answer some Q's:

    1) Dell XPS 15 - the new one with QHD resolution.

    2) The monitor is connected via HDMI. I have it "extended" and Windows detects it just fine. But still no option to extend the taskbar.

    For those that have it working, are you using Windows 8 or 8.1? Not sure if that makes a difference?
    Have been using the same setup through Win 7, Win 8, and now Win 8.1 without the problem you are having. . .Hope you resolve the problem soon. . .
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  9. #9


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


    I'm doing it on my 8.1 desktop, I'm pretty sure it was also an option in Windows 8.0. I don't think 7 had that option though, I can't remember at the moment.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Yeah not sure what the problem is. I'll keep trying otherwise I will try Display Fusion or another program. Thanks.
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