This post shows students and new users steps to show the Taskbar on all monitors when using Windows 11. By default, when you add a second monitor and extend the display, the Taskbar is only displayed on the main (default) monitor. If you want to also show the Taskbar on the extended display the steps below show you how to do that.
Windows 11 offers tons of customization options, allowing users to choose how their desktops look and behave. Users can choose to further customize the Taskbar on their second monitor, or not show it there at all.
When the Taskbar is extended and shown on the second monitor, you wouldn’t have to always go back to the primary display to work with minimized or start apps from the Taskbar. You will be able to do that from the second monitor as well.
To get started with showing the Taskbar on the second monitor, follow the steps below.
How to show Windows 11 taskbar on the second monitor
As mentioned above, Windows 11 allows users to extend the Taskbar to the second monitor when dual monitors are being used. Below is how to show the Taskbar on the second monitor.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. Everything can be done from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows from its System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the Taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Personalization, and select Taskbar on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.
On the Taskbar settings pane, expand Taskbar behavior, then check the box for “Show my taskbar on all displays” to enable the Taskbar on the second monitor.
The changes should take effect immediately.
That should do it!
This post showed you how to show the Windows 11 taskbar on all monitors. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.
This does not work if you have selected “Automatically hide the taskbar”. I prefer to have the task bar hidden whilst I work, but with my extended display, I cannot “unhide” my taskbar now, I have to return to the Main display to access the task bar.
Same. this method did not work on my end so I decided to leave the auto hide task bar option unchecked
i can’t choose this option on my pc.
How do we have the System tray on both monitors or move it to a secondary monitor
I had that option on, and the past few days the bottom of my documents hide under the task bar only on my second display. I loose the function then to scroll etc. So I had to turn it off. It worked fine for the past few months my computer upgraded to 11, but now it’s been a huge issue.
Any tips or fixes?
This. Windows 11 is just broken here. Do you also have the issue when you maximize the window on the second display, the whole taskbar disappears? I’ve been trying to find a solution for days now. Win10 didn’t have this issue.