Maximize Multiple Monitors with UltraMon

May 22, 2008 – 8:37 am by Gabe Anderson | 1 Comment

When I get a new Windows machine or reinstall an operating systems, one of the first things I do after installing the OS and drivers is install an invaluable little utility called UltraMon. It’s really the only way to experience dual monitors.

UltraMon

Doesn’t Windows have built-in dual monitor support? Sure, but it’s very limited. And it doesn’t allow you to do all the cool stuff that UltraMon does.

UltraMon options

Features, as noted on the UltraMon site (followed by my commentary):

  • efficiently move windows and maximize windows across the desktop (one-click button to make a window jump to other monitor)
  • manage more applications with the Smart Taskbar (unique task bar for each monitor to accurately display running apps)
  • control application positioning with UltraMon Shortcuts (for example, I can create a shortcut, accessible via my desktop or even when I login to my computer, to launch PowerPoint, maximized on monitor 1 — or even with custom resolution settings for the monitor)
  • multi-monitor support for desktop wallpapers and screen savers (set up wallpaper profiles and show a different background for each monitor; run a different screensaver on each monitor):

    UltraMon Wallpaper Manager

  • mirror your main monitor to secondary monitors for a presentation (just like the built-in functionality in most Windows laptops)

If you sport dual monitors — and if you don’t, you really should since you won’t believe how much more awesome it is and how much more productive you can be (your productivity will more than double) — then your first utility to install should be UltraMon.

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  1. One Response to “Maximize Multiple Monitors with UltraMon”

  2. Let me turn your attention to another clever peace of software that has a bunch of multi-monitor abilities (such as multi-monitor taskbar with the Start button on each display, Task Switcher window cloned onto all monitors, fast switching of windows between monitors, and many others) – Actual Window Manager (http://www.actualtools.com/windowmanager/). It also has many other useful tools besides the multi-monitor support so that I suppose it deserves a try, at least.

    By Alex Fadeyev on Nov 28, 2008

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