Windows 7: Multi-Monitor Taskbar

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Monday, December 21st, 2009 - Comments

We now can watch movies across multiple monitors, but what if we want to have a multi-monitor taskbar? There are some good tools that will help you to get a 2nd taskbar for your other monitor.

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Multi Monitor Taskbar Windows 7

I found 3 great tools for a multi-monitor taskbar, which also support Windows 7. Oscars’ Multi-Monitor Taskbar (freeware), DisplayFusion ($25) and Actual Multiple Monitors ($30). If you decide to buy a tool, I recommend to try Actual Multiple Monitors for 60 days (for free).

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1. Oscar’s Multi-Monitor Taksbar

The last tool that I found is a freeware tool (Pro edition is available) and provides a very basic second taskbar/toolbar that has a lot of room for all active windows on your second monitor.

Multi Monitor Taskbar Windows 7

Oscar’s Multi-Monitor Taskbar

2. DisplayFusion

A great tool to manage your dual-screen wallpaper and extend your taskbar across multiple monitors. Only the Pro edition includes support for multiple taskbars, but it works flawlessly. I’ve been using the freeware of this to manage my dual-screen wallpaper.

Display Fusion Multiple Taskbars

DisplayFusion Pro would cost you $25, so it’s still cheap.

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3. Actual Multiple Monitors

This tool also includes a manager for your multi-monitor wallpaper, multi-monitor screensaver and also includes a multi-monitor taskbar for Windows 7. It does not only extend your taskbar over two monitors, it also provides the “Start orb” (for the Start menu) on the second taskbar. Best of all, you can try it for free for 60 days:

Multi Monitor Taskbar Windows 7

With $30, Actual Multiple Monitors is still a cheap tool and for $5 more it offers additional features that DisplayFusion does not have, e.g. dual-screen screensaver manager.

Actual Multiple Monitors

ObjectDock – Create Multiple Docks

My personal solution is a little bit different. I am using ObjectDock to create a dock on my 2nd monitor.
ObjectDock Plus even comes with support for multiple docks that you can create on your 2nd monitor.

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8 Responses to Windows 7: Multi-Monitor Taskbar

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Costis Pavlou said:

    where’s ultramon ??? u left the best one behind!

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Ultramon doesn’t support Windows 7 (or does it now?) and it’s not as good as Actual Multiple Monitors that’s why I didn’t add it to the list.

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Return0 said:

    BTW, in version 2.0 of Actual Multiple Monitors, there is a tray (notification area) on the multi-monitor taskbars.
    As far as I know, no other product has this feature yet.

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Tom said:

    Not sure if it did when this post was published but Ultramon works good for me using Windows 7 64bit. It’s $39.95, comes with a lot of features though for wallpaper and screensaver settings e.t.c. I’d recommend it.

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Glorfindel said:

    Ultramon does work with Windows 7. It seems far better than most if not all of these, though I haven’t given them a try yet.

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Mike said:

    Ultramon works great in win7 and it’s great imo

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Alex said:

    My personal recommendation is Actual Multiple Monitors.

    Really great tool for its price! Lots of features, and what’s more important, it’s updated every two-three months.
    In version 2.3, there are tray, start button, and taskbar button grouping – no other software has any of them.

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Fly said:

    Actual Multiple Monitors is really cool!

    In version 3.0 there are Jump List and others Win7 features on secondary display.

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