Because of popular demand and millions of downloads over 5 years we released a PRO version that has more functionality and a better visual integration. The free version is still available.
Note: The software was originally developed for our own internal usage and so it reflects our own requirements.
If you thinking about buying the
commercial license, please try the trial version first to
see if it suits your needs.
Version 3.5, even more lightweight, now with caption buttons on Vista/Win7.
The PRO version now fully supports Vista/Win7 32 and 64 bit.
New: 11.FEB.2013 - Verisign certificate added to v.3.5
This is a free personal version of the older MultiMonitor TaskBar 2.1.
Personal and commercial single license of MultiMonitor TaskBar PRO.
Works on XP/Vista/W7 32/64 bit.
At home it can be installed on ALL your personal computers. At work it can be used only on a single computer.
Full Commercial Site Licence. It can be installed on all computers in your organization (wordlwide) without limitations. Easy setup for admins - no serial code to enter, just install and that's it.
"Give someone a second monitor, let them use it for while, and then try to take it away. It just isn't going to happen.",
Suzanne Ross, Microsoft Research
The real multi-monitor support in Windows has task-bar only in the primary monitor that shows applications from all monitors. The extended monitors are plain without any taskbar. There is no other way to add another taskbar to the extended monitor.
Normal Windows extended to multiple monitors:
All windows are displayed on the primary monitors taskbar regardless on which monitor they are opened.
With MultiMon TaskBar
We created MultiMon taskbar to solve this issue in our office. It creates a second (and third) taskbar which will be put on extended monitors. Each taskbar display items from that monitor only.
The PRO version has additional features such as resizing windows to multiple monitors, moving to monitors, suspending the extended taskbars when the computer is connected via Remote Desktop and themed captions.
The goal was to create it as "lightweight" as possible without any of the fluff and junk typical in modern software. The application is all about 500kB. That's it.
The new version 3.5 now doesn't use any API hooks and its CPU footprint is essentially zero.
The Caption Arrows are back in 3.5, now even in Windows 7 or Vista SP3. To keep it as lightweight as possible, and in line with the recent tighter Windows UAC security, the caption buttons appear on the currently selected window and are not API hooked to the caption bar (as it was in previous versions) but overlayed on the top. This has the benefit of being completely independent of any application or windows service packs and windows updates. Having no API hooks or COM lnks makes the MultiMon a very stable, lightweight and fully separate application from system.
TaskBar 2.1 (freeware).
TaskBar PRO 3.5
Additionally to the free version
Tip: To change theme of your Multimon PRO taskbar click the Properties Button (or right click on empty space of the Multimon taskbar), click on Properties item in menu and change the Appearance. The theme of the MultiMon is independent from the Windows theme, so you can run Classic theme on your main XP taskbar and Vista theme on your extended Multimon taskbars.
XP Royale theme: Royale theme is a special XP theme from Microsoft that was later used on XP Media Center Edition (blue version) and it become also blueprint for Vista theme (noir version). So if you use blue Royale theme on your XP, select Windows Media Center theme in MultiMon to match the taskbars. If you use Royale Noir, select Vista theme to match the taskbars.
Vista Tip: Vista use hardware acceleration for its aero theme with direct writing to the display buffer. It would be therefore risky to add arrow buttons to the aero application bar. However the "secret" hotspots for the arrow buttons (visible on the XP and Vista classic) are still there and fully functional.
A simple but cool Text clipboard extender can be added to the toolbar. It can be also rolled in or totally disabled.
This little box will capture all text Copy to clipboard operation and store. Other hidden functionality of Clipboard extender:
F3 - Search. Type any text and press F3, it will quickly search for the presence of this text in all stored copy operations and select matches.
F5 - type any text and it will try to execute it. Type for example calc and press F5
Return - type any text and press return, it will be added to the clipboard list (and also copied to clipboard)
DEL - unroll the combo box so you see multiple items, Move cursor over item so it is selected (but don't click) and press DEL to remove it from list.
Resize across monitors (PRO version)
Many programs, like spreadsheets, text editors, graphic programs have a MDI interface which means all client windows can be positioned only within the main program window. You can't display documents in single application side by side on different monitors because you are still limited within the main application window:
Taskbar PRO has simple buttons to resize the main window across two or even three monitors and you can then simply move the documents around side by side.
Combine two or more computers into one integrated computer system.
Multi-Monitor system will make you work
faster and more comfortable. But it will not
speed-up the actual computing power. What if
there is a need to double the CPU? For example
you use two process intensive application, like
for example video editing and 3D rendering, all
at the same time.
A good idea is to actually have two networked
computers, each for the specific task where you
would use a hardware KVM switch and a software KM switch such as
Software KM switch will allow a seamless mouse and keyboard transition from one computer to another via network connection. You simply move the mouse cursor to the edge of your monitor (or multi-monitors) and it will automatically transfer control to the other computer - no need to press any hotkeys. The illusion is as if you have one big multi-monitor system (except of course you cannot move program window from one computer to another). Also software KM switch usually handles the copy and paste between two computers so the illusion of one system is pretty good. Synergy is free and there are various commercial systems too.
You may ask why we need two KM switches, one
software, one hardware - for a simple reason,
software KM switch works seamlesly which is very
convenient and give you illusion of one big
desktop, but you need both computers running. If
you switch ON only one computer, the client
which has no keyboard/mouse plugged in, you are
out of luck. Here the hardware KM switch come to
the rescue! The same KVM switch helps you if
your network gets cranky.
It is essential to try the software first before making any purchase. We did it for our monitor setup, then extended it to accept more different setups but it is not fully universal software - it may not work well if you have different resolutions on monitors etc... Try it first!
Note: If you upgrading from any previous version or uninstalling, you have to close the multiMon first (Right Click on the extended task bar or click on the MM icon and select - Unload MultiMon)
MM Taskbar Free 2.1
(this was developed for XP and it "sort of" works on Vista/Win7)
MM Taskbar PRO 3.5 (Trial)
(This fully supports XP/Vista/Win7 32 and 64 bit)
Previous version 3.0:
MM Taskbar PRO 3.0 (Trial)
(This is for legacy purpose, in case it works better for your configuration)