Move OSX Dock and Menu Bar on External Display

Most developers and coder are using external display monitor to gain better view and enhance multitasking flexibilities at work. It’s very common now and some developer even have dual external display monitors, which get greater multitasking.

Move Dock Menu Bar to External Display

How to display or move the Dock and Menu bar to external display monitor as the main display on apple mac os x?

By default, OS X docking is located at the bottom of the screen, if can be changed to locate it on top, left or right of the display by user’s preference. If you want to extend docking and menu bar to external monitor as main display, here is the configuration via Mac OS X System Preferences.

Go to System Preferences > Display, as the picture shown below

Move Dock Menu Bar to External Display

Select Arrangement, you can see the white bar on top at the displays, simply move it left or right to difference display/monitor.

Move Dock Menu Bar to External Display

Enable Display setting at menu bar to configure it at few clicks away. At Display preference, check “Show displays in menu bar”

Move Dock Menu Bar to External Display

On menu bar you will see a “screen” icon, click on it and get faster access to Display Preferences

Move Dock Menu Bar to External Display

2 Responses to “Move OSX Dock and Menu Bar on External Display”

  1. Roger Caplan Says:

    This doesn’t seem to properly move the dock if the target window isn’t arranged “highest” in the display preferences. In other words, the dock always seems to mimic gravity, “falling down” to the lowest display.

  2. Koolducati Says:

    Roger is right. I can only get the dock and menu to move together when the larger (external) screen is “below” the laptop screen in the “Arrangement” tab setting. But the shocker is that I’m now unable to move my windows “up” from the external display to my laptop screen as the windows are being blocked by the Menu bar on the external display. Pretty bad behaviour.

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