Windows 7 taskbar is 3 times wider, after you change its orientation and position

Is your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 taskbar three times wider than expected, after you changed the orientation and the position of multiple monitors in the Display settings of your computer? If so, then read on!

Windows 7 taskbar is wider

Assume that you attach multiple monitors to a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. When you change the orientation and the position of the displays of these monitors in the Display settings item in Control Panel, the taskbar is three times wider than expected.

For example, you attach two monitors to a computer that is running Windows 7.

Then, you perform the following operations in the Display settings item in Control Panel:

  1. You set monitor 1 as the main display, and you display the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
  2. You set the orientation of the two monitors to “Landscape.”
  3. You drag the taskbar to the right side of monitor 1.
  4. You arrange the monitors so that monitor 1 is above monitor 2.
  5. You change the orientation of monitor 1 to “Portrait,” and then you drag the taskbar to the right side of the monitor.
  6. You change the orientation of monitor 2 to “Portrait,” and then you arrange the monitors so that monitor 2 is to the left side of monitor 1.
  7. You set monitor 2 as the main display.

In this example, if you notice that the taskbar is three times wider than expected, you may want to request a hotfix to fix this issue at KB2353143.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.