I recently purchased an ultra-wide monitor with a 5120×1440 resolution that essentially combines two 2560×1440 screens. When playing games, I prefer to use the 2560×1440 resolution for better performance and visibility. However, this leaves a window in the middle that I use for other programs like a chat, browser, or notepad, each taking up 1280×1440 on the left and right side.

The problem arises when I try to run games like this, as it requires them to run in borderless window mode which places them behind the taskbar when it’s at the bottom. I tried moving the taskbar to the right or left side of the screen, but this feels awkward and makes the two lateral windows unequal in size.

I am currently looking for a solution to this problem and have thought of two options. The first is to make the middle part of the taskbar transparent and able to click through since it’s empty anyway due to the screen’s width. The second option is to split the taskbar into two separate pieces, each 1280×32/64 (depending on the taskbar’s height), with the start/search/app icons on the left side and the date and tray icons on the right side.

Do you have any other ideas or suggestions on how to accomplish this with an existing tool or by utilizing the Windows API?

Askify Moderator Edited question May 1, 2023