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How do I make Search bar appear on primary monitor only?

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 x64

    How do I make Search bar appear on primary monitor only?


    Hello and thanks for a great forum. This is my first post since I am a brand new Windows 8.1 user as of a couple of days ago. I have recently updated to Windows 8.1 and am enjoying it. I have been adjusting defaults to my liking easily enough. But I am having trouble with one small item in my dual monitor setup.

    In the Taskbar and Navigation properties, I have unchecked the setting "Show Start on the display I'm using when I press the Windows logo key". This does what I want in regard to always displaying Start on my primary monitor regardless of which screen I am working on when I click the Windows logo key. But if I try using Win+S to open the Search bar (or one of the other search hotkeys as well) while a window on the secondary monitor is active it opens on the right side of that secondary screen instead. Any other time, the Search bar opens on the primary monitor as expected. I'm hoping there is a way to make the Search bar always dock to the right side of my primary monitor as well, but I haven't found how yet.

    Has anyone else solved this already or is this something I need to learn to live with? I appreciate any feedback. Thank you.

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    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hi jgarcia, welcome to Windows EightForums!

    Actually, if you press the Windows key to bring up the Start screen and just start typing the search bar should always come up as you desire.
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    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Ah, yes, it does. There is a lot for me to learn having skipped from XP to 8.1. It still does seem strange that if I use Win+S to open the same Search bar, it opens on the screen with the active app window. A minor oddity I can live with now that you've pointed out that I can search with just the Windows logo key and skip Win+S. Thanks!
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    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You're welcome. If you have any questions on Windows 8/8.1, ask away; there's lots of helpful folks here! Enjoy.
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