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How to Enable or Disable "Show Taskbar on All Displays" in Windows 8 and 8.1

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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability of specific or all users to show taskbar on all displays in Windows 8.

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Taskbar on Multiple Displays - Enable or Disable in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Taskbar on Multiple Displays - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
To Enable or Disable "Show Taskbar on All Displays" using a REG File


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The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

TaskbarNoMultimon
DWORD

0 = Show taskbar on all displays
1 = Show taskbar only on main display


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Enable "Show Taskbar on All Displays" for Only Current User
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

Enable_Taskbar_on_All_Displays.reg

download

B) Go to step 4 below.

3. To Disable "Show Taskbar on All Displays" for Only Current User

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

Disable_Taskbar_on_All_Displays.reg

download

B) Go to step 4 below.

4. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK.

7.
When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






Taskbar on Multiple Displays - Enable or Disable in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Taskbar on Multiple Displays - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
To Enable or Disable "Show Taskbar on All Displays" in Group Policy

NOTE: This option for using group policy is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.

1.
Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and open Start Menu and Taskbar. (see screenshot below)

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3.
In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, double click/tap on Do not allow taskbars on more than on display. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.

5. To Enable "Show Taskbar on All Displays"

A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 6A)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

B) Go to step 7 below.

6. To Disable "Show Taskbar on All Displays"

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.



That's it,
Shawn