How to move Start Menu to second monitor on Windows 10

The Start Menu is one of the most important UI element in Windows 10. In the recent past, Microsoft has added new features and redesigned the Start Menu several times. It is very common for professionals to use multiple monitors on Windows. In this article, we explain how you can move the Start Menu to the second monitor.

Move Start Menu to the second monitor

Move Start Menu to the second monitor

There are two easy ways you can do this in Windows 10-

  1. Unlock and drag the taskbar
  2. Change Setting – Use this device as the primary monitor.

Let us see how to do this in details.

Using more than one display not only offers a better screen real estate but also helps in improving productivity. The taskbar and the Start Menu is usually present only in the original monitor. Most of the times it helps to move Start Menu to the secondary display. This will help us segregate tasks and use separate monitors for different tasks. Check out some of the best ways to move Start Menu to a second monitor,

1] Unlock and drag the taskbar

This is one of the simpler methods. It is pretty effective too. What this method lacks are advanced features.

Follow the steps below to unlock and transfer the Start Menu to the second screen.

  1. Unlock the taskbar by clicking on the Taskbar.
  2. In the Taskbar Settings menu uncheck Lock the taskbar feature
  3. The taskbar is now free and you can move it around.
  4. Push the Start Menu to the furthermost corner and transfer the start menu to the other display
  5. Transfer Start Menu to the second monitor by using the keyboard
  6. Open the Start Menu by pressing the Windows key
  7. Close the Start Menu by hitting Esc
  8. Now the controls will shift back to the taskbar
  9. Open the taskbar context menu by pressing Alt and Space-bar together

2] Change Setting – Use this device as the primary monitor

If the Taskbar is automatically moving to the wrong monitor or the program window does not start on the same monitor as the taskbar, then you can use this troubleshooting method.

  1. Click Start, Click Run.
  2. Type desk.cpl and click OK.
  3. Alternatively, you can also right-click on the desktop and select Screen Resolution from the dropdown.
  4. Click on the monitor that you want to use as the primary monitor.
  5. Now select Make this my main display check box.
  6. Now you need to select Show desktop only on 1 from the Multiple displays drop-down menu.
  7. Select Keep Changes.
  8. Select Extend these displays from the Multiple displays drop-down menu, and then click Apply.
  9. Click Keep changes when the pop-up dialogue box appears.

TIP: You can use Ultramon Smart Taskbar to add a taskbar to every monitor.

Were you able to Move Startbar following the steps above? Let us know about your experience in the comments below.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Windows enthusiast, a blogger & a keen follower of everything Microsoft. He loves to keep a track of the Windows ecosystem and enjoys covering Windows 10 features & freeware.

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