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 PostPost subject: Microsoft talks multimonitor taskbar support in Windows 7        Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:21 am 
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Source: http://arstechnica.com/journals/microso ... -windows-7

Windows has supported multiple monitors for as long as graphic cards have had two or more display ports. At the same time though, Windows to this day still does not support multiple monitors when it comes to the taskbar. Multiple-monitor setups are becoming more common, and there are always developers, gamers, and enthusiasts who don't know what to do when they're given a desktop with just one monitor. These groups of people have resorted to using third-party solutions that give them the functionality they need, but what they really want is support right out of the box. Chaitanya Sareen, a senior program manager on the Windows 7 Core User Experience team, has taken the time to address this request on the E7 blog.

Sareen noted that there is more than one way to implement a solution to the problem, especially considering having monitors of different sizes, orientations, and alignments. He talks about the pros and cons of choosing solutions that have a unique taskbar that exists on each display and ones that have a taskbar that spans multiple displays. It seems that Microsoft is trying something a little different though, as can be deduced from Sareen's conclusion:

The key thing to recognize is that the problem is not necessarily that the taskbar doesn’t span, but that more room is required to show more information about windows. So, it stands to reason that we should come up with the best solution to this problem, independent of how many displays the customer has. We thought it would be good to just offer a brief discussion on the specifics of solving this design problem as it is one we have spent considerable time on. One of the approaches in general we are working to do more of, is to change things when we know it will be a substantial improvement and not also introduce complexities that outweigh the benefits we are trying to achieve.
In other words, Microsoft has already researched, found, and implemented a solution, but it's not likely to be anything like you've seen third-party tools do. I have a sneaky suspicion that this has something to do with the new taskbar we got a blurry sneak peak of back in May during the multitouch demo. The demonstrator said the new taskbar (see the blurry version at 5:26) was "something we're working on for Windows 7 that I'm not supposed to talk about right now." This new taskbar hasn't made an appear in Windows 7 M3, but maybe it will in the pre-beta version attendees will get at PDC?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:04 pm 
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It would be bravo to use multi-taskbar and wt i wanna c is moving all windows into one monitor within a button; and would be interesting to have a thrmbnail to view another screen's activity:P


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:32 pm 
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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:00 pm 
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I've been using this for years, should have mentioned it in the first post: http://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon/

It let's you have multiple taskbars, stretch or have different backgrounds across monitors, and have different screensavers on each monitor.


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good news :)

ultramon is good. i'm using it for a long time now. but i don't like the fact that only one taskbar has its transparency effects ;)
But it would be great to have such context menu entries like e.g. "move to other monitor" in windows 7 by default as it is possible with ultramon. And i wish to disable the second monitor by a simple shortcut, too ... (maybe i should wish me ultramon for windows 7 instead of this features in windows 7 )

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:24 pm 
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sibbl wrote:

ultramon is good. i'm using it for a long time now. but i don't like the fact that only one taskbar has its transparency effects ;)


Precisely for that reason I use it not. :x
A Taskbar only on one Monitor will do it :D


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:15 pm 
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Wait... let me make sure I'm understanding you here. The Windows taskbar does not natively support transparency. Ultramon, when it gives you a taskbar, will let you make it transparent? I tend to stay away from worthless features myself. Because the default taskbar that comes with Windows doesn't offer that option, you don't use the software? You don't use the software... because... what?


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