Windows 8.x has some nice improvements for those of us running multiple monitors, however there is one serious feature missing, and that is moving the notification tray and clock to a secondary monitor. One nice feature is having your taskbar on multiple monitors… however the mirrored taskbar doesn’t include your system tray and clock 🙁
While I haven’t been a “gamer” in years, I recently started playing PC based games again, and by that I mean ONE game, Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. Since I’m running this full screen and it appears on my primary monitor, it covers the clock — so I can easily lose track of time when practicing my combos or fighting online.. but I digress…
Point is, I like having the tray/clock on my second monitor so I can see the time. It also doesn’t hurt to see your preferred notification icons for various things..
Cutting to the chase, here’s how to get it there:
- Right click the taskbar and select Properties.
- Under Multiple Displays, un-check Show taskbar on all displays, and Apply. Now the taskbar is only on your primary monitor..
- Click to drag your taskbar from the primary monitor to your secondary display.
- Back in the taskbar properties, re-check Show taskbar on all displays, and click OK.
Yes, it is THAT simple. Why Microsoft didn’t think of a simple checkbox, or better yet an option to show the tray and clock on ALL displays, I don’t know. I’m hoping perhaps the “Update 2” for 8.1 will possibly bring in the option to put it on all of your displays just because it looks a little weird not having it on the primary also…