The Windows taskbar is a bit like the command center for your computing experience. At its most basic level you can use it to quickly launch applications, and also to toggle between open programs with one click. One shortcoming of the native Windows taskbar, though, is in its support for multiple monitors. While there are some paid options available to remedy this, check out ZBar for a free solution.
Once ZBar is running, it extends your taskbar, including the system clock, onto additional monitors. You can configure the appearance of the extended taskbars with different styles, such as a Windows 7 style, a Windows XP style, and more. You can also set the taskbar to have a “glass” appearance, like in Windows 7.
ZBar does have some limitations. Most notably, it doesn’t support the ability to pin items to the taskbar, like the native Windows 7 taskbar does. The only items to appear in the taskbar will be icons for programs already open on that window. That took me a moment to figure out – the task bar on a second monitor will be blank until a program Is open on that monitor. ZBar does support taskbar previews, though, just like the Windows 7 taskbar.
ZBar does have wallpaper features as well. You can choose to have one image per screen, or one image across all monitors.
I’ve only tried ZBar with two monitors, but the ZBar website claims support for “two or more” monitors. And did I mention that it is free? Do you know of any other programs that support the configuration of multiple monitors? How about some free ones?