Windows 10: Taskbar on the bottom MIDDLE possible?

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  1.    20 Aug 2015 #11

    Can you post what you currently have? I have an idea of what you want to do but want to make sure I am not misunderstanding you. How many monitors? What cables and what GPU? Any important or proprietary software you are using in your display configuration ? Also take a picture of your Settings>Display Settings>, it would help to know what mode you are using and such. Unless you have 5 monitors in a single row in landscape mode, you shouldn't be turning your neck. Click image for larger version. 

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  2.    20 Aug 2015 #12

    LT2000 said: View Post
    Sounds interesting. Any idea how to do this? One funky thing is that I have to connect both HDMI and Display Port both to the monitor and video card. So something is already odd about this setup.
    Yeah, can you give your monitor make and model, you should be able to do something like this:

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  3.    20 Aug 2015 #13

    LT2000 said: View Post
    Yeah, have done that and maxed it out. I use a trackball (for over 25yrs) and amazing fast and accurate with it. The bigger problem is having to move the head around. I already have some neck issues.
    Seems to me you under-thought the issue of having a large monitor a couple of feet away from you. Looking across the taskbar is just part of the problem. You will either be spending time looking around the big screen at large windows, videos or lots of app windows, or you will just use the middle of the monitor for everything. Which seems like a waste of hardware and money to me.

    It sounds like Nus may have a solution to the taskbar issue. I'll be interested to hear how you deal with the bigger issues once you have that sorted.
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  4.    20 Aug 2015 #14

    Yeah, I did under think it some. I thought bigger would always be better. But you can still use the extra space on the sides to be put programs that are rarely used or just not use it sometimes. But Windows is forcing me to turn my head, which it doesn't really need to. If I could fix that aspect, then a scenario where use of the very outer edge is optional (as opposed to mandatory) would be great.

    Monitor is Dell Ultrasharp 34" U3415W, just one monitor. Both HDMI and DP are connected.

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  6.    20 Aug 2015 #16

    Another thing I was thinking was to create several dummy icons that are black (match the taskbar) and put them in between the search bar and the program icons. This would at least shift those to the right. Not ideal, but an improvement.

    The other option is to just get a new monitor which isn't as wide. There ASUS PB278Q has the same 1440 vertical resolution I want, but only 2560 wide. It is just a shame since I want to keep this monitor and have the option to use the extra space. I just don't want to be forced to the edges so frequently. This simply does not make sense for an ultrawide monitor.

    Hypothetically, extrapolate the width to say 40% wider. You could still use the extra space occasionally (and optionally) so there is value there. But no way would you want all of your major "action" areas to be that far away. You want want them placed in the same general physical location as that have always been.
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       20 Aug 2015 #17

    chris1neji said: View Post
    Can you post what you currently have? I have an idea of what you want to do but want to make sure I am not misunderstanding you. How many monitors? What cables and what GPU? Any important or proprietary software you are using in your display configuration ? Also take a picture of your Settings>Display Settings>, it would help to know what mode you are using and such. Unless you have 5 monitors in a single row in landscape mode, you shouldn't be turning your neck. Click image for larger version. 

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    HOLY COW! That's Beautiful! But now I understand the issue. Hell, I still say use Remote Mouse on an iDevice or a Droid, it's made for both. Or HippoRemote, it's more stable.
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  8.    20 Aug 2015 #18

    If think if it could be split into 3 virtual screens, with the taskbar on the center virtual screen, then it would be just fine. This would be just like the normal monitor experience, but with extra space on the sides (that you may or may not want to use).

    There is an assumption in Windows that you want the taksbar (and desktop icons) to always be left aligned to the edge of the screen (or aligned to top/left/right). This assumption was reasonable for a couple decades, but it is not a good assumption with the advent of ultrawide monitors. You really need to be able to adjust the positions of the "left edge" and "right edge" with respect to the taskbar and desktop icons. That simply makes sense.
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  9.    20 Aug 2015 #19

    Using the Desktop Toolbar 'on top' of the Taskbar can accomplish most of what you want: having your most used tools at the center of the screen, top or bottom. What you lose is the Jump List from the pinned programs and files. But one can 'work around' that with a crowded Taskbar through shortcuts on the Desktop.

    If you don't get Notifications too often, then the Tray on the right can be ignored for much of your session. The Start Menu on the left is a redundant repository for quick access. Some people find thd Desktop quite sufficient. Put the Desktop on the Taskbar and it's another way to "skin the ...".

    I had thought about picking up a 29" extra-wide monitor. But I couldn't visualize a workflow that would take advantage.
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  10.    21 Aug 2015 #20

    So is the triple monitor thing out of play? That seems to have the most promise. The two virtual outside monitors would just be peripheral while the center virtual monitor would be where everything is located.
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