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I have a 3 monitor setup. I set the app icons to show on the taskbar of the display that it is on. This part works great.

I have pinned a number of apps. Let's take Outlook as an example. It is pinned. So I open it and while it is on the main monitor, I can plainly see on the taskbar that it is running. However, when I move the app to a different display...the Outlook taskbar icon now moves to a different monitor and rightly so. However, on the main monitor, the pinned Outlook icon looks like Outlook is not running.

Is there a way to get even a subtle UI cue that the app is running on a different screen, so that I don't mistakenly keep on opening it?

  • Are you using some custom software to extend the taskbar? – txtechhelp Dec 17 '13 at 22:03
  • @txtechhelp No, it's built in to Windows. Right click on the Taskbar and select Properties. All options are there. – AngryHacker Dec 17 '13 at 22:13
  • Just making sure since there's a few of them out there :) – txtechhelp Dec 17 '13 at 22:34
  • One thing I did was to simply keep the taskbar on one monitor. – Bobort Dec 17 '13 at 22:38
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What I do is "force" the taskbar icons to stay open on the main monitor taskbar. This way, if the app is running, the icon will be shown as running on both taskbars.

The downside is that the taskbar icon now appears on multiple monitors; I assume you might not want it to be expanded on the main monitor when it is shown on a secondary monitor, but this is nonetheless a visual cue...

Taskbar options

  • It's a good half step, but I was trying to get away from having multiple icons. Instead I wanted a subtle cue like in Mac OSX. – AngryHacker Dec 18 '13 at 19:39

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