Windows – Multiple Monitor Management


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Windows and Multiple Monitors

I’m lucky enough to own three monitors. I wouldn’t go back to a single monitor setup again without a lot of kicking and screaming. Once you’ve had a taste of a multiple monitor set up, it becomes an addiction.

I write on one while keeping a browser open on the second; I use it to double-check that what I’m telling you is accurate. On the third monitor, well, anything goes. I might even have a movie running on that one, or my favorite music player, or a file manager. Sometimes, I’ll have the Windows 8.x Start Screen running so I can watch the live tiles I have set up. The point is, I can have a lot of things going on and never have overlapping windows problems. It’s a dream come true…

On its own, Windows will manage multiple monitors quite well but it is limited. If you want a lot, and I mean a lot, of control over your fancy system, you’ll want a dedicated third-party monitor manager.

DisplayFusion

Here’s how my triple-screen desktop looks right now. As you can see I like things simple– a single Task Bar on the left with a minimum number of icons and gadgets.

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I don’t normally talk about commercial software on DCT. We tend to suggest free, portable applications here, but DisplayFusion has to be an exception. This software by Binary Fortress is the grand-daddy of all that I’ve tried– and I’ve tried many.

There is a free version of DisplayFusion but it is severely crippled. Here’s a partial version comparison chart to give you an idea of what I’m talking about:


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DisplayFusion Features

The feature list is overwhelming and I can’t possibly mention everything here. The main settings screen alone has 10 categories with multiple settings available in each.

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Here’s a short list:

  • Taskbars on one or more monitors
  • Flexible Wallpaper management – different wallpaper on each if you like
  • Hotkey support (configurable)
  • Window locations and Snap
  • Extra Title Bar buttons (configurable)
  • Windows 8.x extras
  • Windows logon background control
  • Screen-savers on multiple monitors
  • Icon profiles – Save and restore your favorite icon positions
  • Wallpaper profiles – easily switch to any number of profiles that you have created

And the list goes on, and on…

Recommendations

If you own a multiple monitor computer system, I can’t urge you strongly enough to at least take a look at DisplayFusion.
There are 30-day free trial versions to be had at the DisplayFusion web site.

There are several other quality Monitor Management packages that can be found on the Internet. I invite you to seek them out and give them a critical eye. I did just that several years ago and made my choice.


The program is updated regularly, has no bugs or glitches that I have uncovered, and as of this writing, for a mere $25 (US) a full version can be yours.

Note: I am in no way affiliated with Binary Fortress and will not be remunerated in any way, shape, fashion or form for writing this article. I’m sure they’ve never heard of me. I simply love the program and am passing along my opinions to you.

What Monitor Management software do you use?

I’d love to hear your thoughts,

Richard

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Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.

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