Adding a second or third monitor to your computer can help to significantly increase productivity by making it easy to switch between open applications and keep an eye on several programs at the same time. Other then requiring a dualhead or second graphics card, Windows has no additional requirements if you want to use multiple monitors, but support for two or more displays does not really extend much beyond expanding the desktop to span all available monitors.
Install DisplayFusion and you will be provided with a number of additional features and options including the ability to use one large wallpaper to span multiple monitors, or to use difference backgrounds for each. Program titlebars can be furnished with extra buttons including quick links to move a given window to another monitor.
There are also pre-defined keyboard shortcuts that can be used to move windows, tile them or span them across all available monitors. These might sound like small enhancements to bring to a multi-monitor computer, but after spending just a few minutes working with these additional options, you will quickly discover just how useful they are.
Upgrade to the Pro version of the program and even more extra options are available. You can view a copy of the Windows taskbar on each monitor and opt to display only taskbar buttons relating to the programs that are running on a particular monitor. Desktop backgrounds can be pulled in from Flickr and rotated on a schedule, and program windows can be automatically snapped to the edges of other running programs. You can also customise keyboard shortcuts to suite your requirements.
DisplayFusion 5.1.1 highlights include:
- Improved Window Location and taskbar shortcuts when using monitor splitting
- Improved window maximizing when using monitor splitting
- Send Windows Store App to Desktop Function now works in Windows 8.1
- Resolved a screen saver issue when running spanned without preview mode enabled
- Fixed an issue where DisplayFusion would cause a "No disk in drive" error message
- Fixed an issue where desktop Wallpaper could stop updating until next reboot
- DisplayFusion Photos Screen Saver now hides the mouse cursor and allows the computer to sleep
- Resolved an issue that would cause Directory Opus desktop double-click to stop working
- New option to disable Aero transparency for all taskbars, including Windows taskbar
- Improved compatibility for supported Start menu replacement apps
- Fixed some issues related to Windows 8.1 Aero Peek and per-monitor DPI scaling