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.
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.
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):
- 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.[ Subscribe to gabeanderson.com via email or RSS feed. ]