Yes, I'm using the beta & it did solve issue 1, notification icons are all showing now when taskbar is on 2 rows.
However re issue 2, I still get a scrambled desktop whenever I activate taskbar autohide.
I have a follow-up regarding my thoughts of rearranging the desktop icons to normal/desired while in the autohide mode.
That presents a new issue that is still present in the beta. When autohide is switched on, the taskbar goes to one row and is locked that way. I have to turn off autohide, then turn off Lock all Taskbars. Autohide and multiple taskbar rows are mutually exclusive.
So, even if the icons were staying where they need to be, I’m back to my original issue of not being able the set the taskbar to 2 rows.
FYI, my target is an autohiding taskbar that is 2 rows high and all the notification icons are present and visible.
Thanx for your assistance. I'll switch over to the beta discussion & present my issues there.