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Problem:Multiple taskbar on same screen using dual screens


Prosk

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Some weeks ago, I noticed an odd problem with my taskbar.

While using my laptop at home, I use an exterior monitor to extend my desktop, and usually set the monitor as my primary. Occasionally, I would notice that my open apps would appear to be greyed-out (and therefore un-clickable) on my secondary screen. All the pinned apps would be full colour, but would only respond to clicking as if I was starting a new version of the app (e.g. a new browser window rather than switching to the existing one).

It appears as though a second "ghost" taskbar was over top the main one, and only on one screen. This ghost taskbar would block any attempt to click on the taskbar underneath. Unlocking the taskbar and moving it, for example, to the side, would confirm this as the ghost taskbar would drag and snap to the edge, leaving the normal taskbar at the bottom of the (same) screen.

The ghost taskbar would disappear (or perhaps merely move behind the main taskbar) if the taskbar is swapped with the primary screen (causing the tray to move over).

A reload of Windows Explorer via Task Manager seems to be a temporary fix, as is restarting the computer. However, this issue may appear multiple times per session, and within a short time of any reload/restart. This also does not seem to occur when using only the laptop screen.

I do not run any desktop customization software, and have triple-checked for any Windows, Microsoft, or driver updates. I am moderately competent in doing repairs to the computer so long as I have reasonably detailed instructions on how to do the fix.

I have scoured the internet and have come across nothing that describes my particular issue. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Screenshots of the phenominon are available if more clarification is required.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Y580
    CPU
    Core i7-3630QM (2.40GHz)
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4000, NVDIA GeForce GTX 660M (2GB)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop display, External Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    Both 1920 x 1080

icedogg

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#2
Same problem

I have scoured the internet and have come across nothing that describes my particular issue. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
I have the same exact problem which started yesterday, I could find nothing regarding this online (except this thread). Once I try to extend screen using a second monitor an additional taskbar appears on the same screen. Each time I disable and enable the screen I get an extra taskbar on that same screen (to infinity?!). The only workaround seems either a pc restart or an explorer.exe "restart".
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64

OldGuyGeek

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#3
Your 'ghost' taskbar may just be a taskbar that is expanded to two rows. When you have the option 'show taskbars on all displays' (see below) enabled, not only does it show up on the second screen, but it can be expanded/collapsed separately from the first one.

Right-click on any taskbar and make sure it is unlocked. Go to your second screen taskbar that is double-high. Hover over the top edge and drag in down to one row.

Relock your taskbars if you want to.

Hopefully it will stay one-line after a reboot.
TaskbarOptions.jpg
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    Intel I-7 860
    Motherboard
    Asus P7B
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 580
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer (Primary), Asus (secondary), Sony TV (third)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Kingston 128GB SSD Windows 8 Boot Drive
    WD Black 1 TB (2 ea)
    WD Red 3 TB
    WD Black 500GB
    Keyboard
    MS 1000
    Mouse
    MS Flip
    Internet Speed
    Verizon FIOS 35/35
    Browser
    IE 11, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari
    Antivirus
    Windows 8 Defender (MS Security Essentials)

broe23

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Central IL

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#4
If you do not have a third party utility like Classic Shell or Start8. Yes there are two toolbars. One is the Desktop toolbar. The other is the Metro toolbar. This behavior happened with the 8.1 update.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 17.2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1
    CPU
    AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    Mouse
    Logitech M525
    Internet Speed
    45/6 - ATT U-Verse
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    None needed. It is Linux.
    Other Info
    Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer

    A/V UPS - Tripp-Lite Smart 1500LCD 1500 Va/900 W.

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