My Windows 10 updated itself this morning and now the notification area (the rightmost part of the taskbar with clock) will only appear on the laptop monitor. The past several weeks it was happily appearing on an external monitor.

I'm on a Surface 4 with two external monitors (both DisplayPorts). Monitor 2 is my main monitor and I've extended the display to the other two. All monitors show taskbars, but the notification area only appears on the Surface. Any ideas?


You can right click either taskbar, uncheck Lock all taskbars, and then drag the taskbar that includes the Notification Center onto the monitor you want it. Afterwards you can recheck the Lock all taskbars option if you wish.

I've confirmed that this currently works, but have not seen a way to add the notification center to muliple taskbars.

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    At first I thought this wasn't working for me because I didn't get any visual indication to show that I was dragging, but once my cursor was on the other screen, it did work. I just dragged a blank bit of the task bar (i.e. not specifically the notification area). – Giles Mar 28 '18 at 9:30
  • Same thing for me. :) – Samuel May 14 at 18:37

Set your monitor as main monitor in Display properties, unlock the taskbar, right click on the taskbar and select properties, you should have a section there that lets you show it on multiple monitors, also lets you select what buttons appear in the other taskbars, accept your changes, then drag the main taskbar to the monitor that you want to show the clock on, then relock it.

  • Thank you! The thing I hadn't tried was dragging the taskbar with notification area to the target monitor. That did the trick.. (I up-voted, but don't have enough points to make it display.) – Zac Apr 15 '16 at 9:25
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    Sadly, this no longer works. – Stephen R Aug 4 '17 at 14:41
  • This worked at me, thanks it did the trick. – Szörényi Ádám Sep 29 at 0:28

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