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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

1511. Using Multiple Monitors with Windows

I feel constrained with the screen real estate I get using a single monitor. I have an extra old monitor lying around, and I’d like to connect it to my computer. Can I use multiple monitors concurrently with Windows?
We usually end up with so many windows open at the same time we wonder how anyone can work without multiple monitors.  In Windows you can work with multiple monitors easily and you can drag windows from one screen to another. As long as your computer provides multiple video ports (one for each monitor), Windows can support as many monitors as you can connect. (And if you run out of ports, you can usually add more monitors using a USB connection, although USB 3 works far better than USB 2. But that’s a topic for a different tip.)
Using multiple monitors really helps your workflow, but it's not perfect. There are some features that are missing. You might want to say what happens when you move a window to the edge of a screen or have different wallpapers on different screens.
Windows doesn't handle these things easily. Ken recently found software called Display Fusion. It's inexpensive and makes this all easier. It can do all sorts of wonderful things, including running Windows Modern applications in a Window on your desktop. Check out Display Fusion for more information on controlling monitor setup in Windows.


With DisplayFusion, you can manage multiple monitor wallpapers, make windows snap to the edge of any screen, apply multi-monitor screen savers, and set up keyboard shortcuts and buttons for moving windows around. For more information, check out this link: http://goo.gl/5oUZFK.





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