Michael Brown November 7 2013 04:01:28 AMSome time ago, I inherited a widescreen monitor from a friend who as about to leave the country (thanks, George!) I have it set up as my main monitor, right in front of me, in a dual monitor config with my old 4:3 Acer monitor, which I've positioned to my right.
In the last few months though, it's developed a serious glitch. (Really, can't you get eff all for eff all money any more?) The glitch is that it flickers so badly that it's unusable for about 10 minutes. After that, it seems to "warm up" and start behaving itself again- perhaps with few sharp slaps from my hand to help it along.
No problem, you might think: I can still use my 4:3 monitor while the widescreen one is warming up, right? Which brings us to the taskbar. I want the taskbar on my main, widscreen monitor, rather than the 4:3 monitor. But that means that for the warming up period, the taskbar can't be used while my widescreen monitor is warming up. And with no taskbar, I have no program switching, no program launching for that matter. Sure, I can move the taskbar to my secondary monitor, but I don't want it stil there after my main, widescreen monitor finally comes online. And moving it back and forth between monitors is a pain. (When I shutdown my PC, I have to remember to move the taskbar back to the secondary monitor, otherwise it will be unavailable when I start my PC up the next day.)
What I need then is a way of puting the taskbar on both of my monitors. In KDE/Linux, it's a piece of cake; I simply add a new panel on the second monitor! Windows 7, however, doesn't seem to have any built-in way of doing this.
Enter Actual Tools Multiple Monitors, which (according to their blurb) allows "you will get a fully functional taskbar onto each display". It's $25, but they do offer a free 30-day trial. I'm running the latter at the moment, and it seems to work quite well (see screenshot below):
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