Maximizing Productivity: How to Show Taskbar on Both Monitors in a Dual Display Setup

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How to Show the Taskbar on Both Monitors in Windows

Having the taskbar available on both monitors while using a dual-monitor setup boosts productivity and eases access to your apps and notifications. As a tech expert, I’ve helped many users, like yourself, optimize their workspace, and I’ll guide you through the process of displaying the taskbar on both screens.

Step-by-Step Guide to Enable Taskbar on Multiple Monitors

Windows makes it convenient to extend the taskbar across multiple monitors, and here’s how you can do it:

  1. Access Taskbar Settings: Right-click on an empty area of your main taskbar and select ‘Taskbar settings.’ This will open the Taskbar settings window.
  2. Find Multiple Displays Section: Scroll down to the ‘Multiple displays’ section within the taskbar settings.
  3. Toggle Taskbar on Multiple Displays: Look for the option that says ‘Show taskbar on all displays’ and switch the toggle to ‘On.’

Customizing Taskbar Behaviors on Multiple Monitors

You can further personalize how the taskbar works on your additional monitors:

  • Choose What Appears: Decide if you want to show all your open windows on all taskbars or only the ones on their respective monitors.
  • Taskbar Alignment: Align the buttons to the center or left, depending on your preference.
  • Main Taskbar and Start Menu: You have the option to only show the main taskbar and Start Menu on your primary monitor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I customize which icons appear on the secondary monitor’s taskbar?

Yes, through the taskbar settings, you can choose to have all icons appear on both taskbars or only have the icons of active windows on the secondary monitor’s taskbar.

What if my taskbar is not appearing on the second monitor?

If you’re not seeing the taskbar on your second monitor, ensure that the ‘Show taskbar on all displays’ option is indeed toggled on. If it is and the taskbar still isn’t showing, troubleshoot your display settings to ensure that the second monitor is properly recognized by your system.

Is it possible to have different taskbar sizes on each monitor?

As of my knowledge cutoff in early 2023, Windows does not natively support having different taskbar sizes on multiple monitors. The size will be consistent across all displays.


As someone who frequently troubleshoots tech issues and provides how-to articles, I find that having the taskbar displayed on both monitors is an absolute game-changer for multitasking. Remember, the above instructions are relevant for recent versions of Windows, and steps can differ slightly based on the specific version you’re using.

If you encounter any issues or have further questions, feel free to reach out or consult the Microsoft support page for more detailed guidance. Happy multitasking!