How to Duplicate Taskbar on Second Monitor in Windows 7 using Software Tools?

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Before configuring a multi-monitor setup

Before configuring multiple monitors on your device, make sure that all the necessary cables are connected to the monitors and the computer. This includes connecting power and video signal using VGA, DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort (recommended) cables.

If you’re not sure, confirm the make and model of the monitor (usually from a sticker in the back), and search online for the manufacturer manual to get a better idea on how to connect the display.

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Making multi-display even easier with the taskbar

Let’s take a look at how the Taskbar can be used to increase the efficiency of the multi-display function. Right click on the taskbar and select “Settings” to display the “Settings > Taskbar” menu. Let’s look at the multi-display settings that can be found here. If you want to display the taskbar on your second device, slide the “Show taskbar on all displays” option to “on” and the taskbar will appear on both devices.

Right click on the taskbar, and select “Settings” (Left image). In the “Settings > Taskbar” menu, scroll down to “Multiple displays” and you can choose how the taskbar will be displayed on each device.

 

There are three options to choose how the taskbar can be viewed. The “All taskbars” option will display the taskbar the same on both displays, with all the running program icons displayed on both display’s taskbars. The “Main taskbar and taskbar where window is open” will display all running program’s icons on the first display’s taskbar and also display the programs running on the second display in the second display’s taskbar. Finally if you select “Taskbar where window is open” the taskbar will be displayed on both displays, but a running program’s taskbar icon will only be displayed on the taskbar of the monitor that the program is displayed on.

The above image shows the difference between the “All taskbars,” “Main taskbar and taskbar where window is open,” and “Taskbar where window is open” settings. The Windows 10 voice-enabled personal assistant “Cortana,” time icons and the notification area will always display on the first monitor.

How to adjust displays scale and layout on Windows 10

When connecting one or multiple displays to a computer, Windows 10 does a pretty good job detecting and configuring the most optimal settings. However, depending on your requirements, you may need to adjust scaling, resolution, and orientation for each monitor.

Selecting correct scale

Windows 10 includes settings to adjust the scaling, which are useful when setting up various monitors of different sizes and screen resolutions to make text, apps, and other items look the same size across the displays. Or, if you have a 4K display, for example, adjusting the scale settings can help to make items bigger and more readable.

To select the correct scale setting that suits your requirements, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Display.
  4. Under the “Select and rearrange displays” section, select the monitor that you want to adjust.
  5. Use the Change the size of text, apps, and other items drop-down menu to select the appropriate scale option.

    Source: Windows CentralSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, you may need to repeat steps No. 4 and 5 to change the scaling settings on the other monitors, and then click the Sign-out option to apply the changes.

While you can adjust the scaling settings on a per-monitor basis, when possible, it’s always best to use the same make and model of the monitors with the same configuration. Otherwise, you may run into issues, and Windows 10 may have problems scaling elements.

If you’re in the market for a second monitor to expand your laptop or desktop canvas, we recommend the Dell UltraSharp U2719D because of its accurate color reproduction, size, slim vessel design, VESA mount compatibility, and value.

2. Multi-monitor Taskbar: Windows 7 Features

After installation, Actual Multiple Monitors immediately adds a copy of the main Windows Taskbar to each secondary monitor. Each copy supports the following features:

2.1. Essential Controls: Start Button, Notification Area (System Tray), Show Desktop Button

Having such essential controls as the Start button, the notification area (a.k.a. system tray) with the clock and the Show Desktop button in a second monitor’s taskbar eliminates the necessity to drag the mouse to the primary monitor each time you need to perform one of the following common tasks:

  • launch a program fr om the Start Menu
  • access some background program’s icon in the notification area
  • open the Date and Time Properties dialog
  • peer past all open windows straight to the Windows 7 desktop

With Actual Multiple Monitors, you can perform any of these tasks while working with any display.


Taskbar with its essential controls on a second monitor

2.2. Pin

Pin feature is a smart replacement of the Quick Launch toolbar: it allows having certain application icons persistent on the leftmost position in the taskbar. Each icon allows both launching the pinned application and activating it (when it’s launched already).

In Actual Multiple Monitors, you can have different sets of pinned applications on different monitors. You can pin an icon in any of the following ways:

  • via context menu command

  • via drag-n-drop of the application’s shortcut

2.3. Live Previews and Aero Peek

Live Taskbar Previews are actual thumbnail images of open windows. A preview appears when you hover over a taskbar button for a while. Previews support the Aero Peek feature: hover over a certain window’s preview to quickly reveal that window buried somewhere on the desktop.


Aero Peek on second monitor’s taskbar

Actual Multiple Monitors taskbars have the full support for Live Previews: they appear for single buttons, for group buttons (multi-preview with a thumbnail for each window in the group) and for tabbed web browsers (multi-preview with a thumbnail for each browser’s tab).


Multi-preview for several Internet Explorer tabs opened on a second monitor

2.4. Jump Lists

Jump Lists give you a quick access to the recent files and common tasks of a certain application via its taskbar button (either usual or pinned). To call a Jump List, just right-click the required icon in the taskbar (note that the old system window menu can be called using the Shift-RightClick combination).


Jump List for a Windows Media Player button

Actual Multiple Monitors shows the Jump Lists on secondary taskbars as well.

2.5. Taskbar Toolbars

Actual Multiple Monitors allows adding any toolbars onto second monitor’s taskbar, including the standard toolbars (like Quick Launch, Address, Desktop, Windows Media Player, etc.) and any custom ones.


Secondary taskbar’s context menu for managing toolbars

2.6. Visual Enhancements

Secondary taskbars in Actual Multiple Monitors support such small but visually appealing features as colorized highlighting for a button under the mouse and progress bars on buttons’ background showing a progress for actual application’s task (downloading a web page, writing a DVD, packing files, converting a video, etc.).

Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows recently released the free Windows 10 ‘Creators Update’ (version number 1703). With this update come a few new and changed features, not mentioned in this article. Read the following article to find out about some of the changes relating to monitor settings and how to use them. 

Changes in the Windows 10 Creators Update

 

USB Type-C for daisy chaining and docking capabilities

USB Type-C connectivity for simple use

Frameless and compact for saving space in the work area

 

 

 

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