Nowadays, most people like to use multi-monitor setup. Not only more than one monitor provides extra screen real estate, but it may prove to be a big time saver, especially if you're a heavy multitasker. Windows 7’s approach to multi-monitor setups is nothing short of brilliant, making full use of resolution in games, applications, slideshow presentations and whatnot, but what it lacks is taskbar support for more than one display. For instance, if you wish to expand taskbar across all connected display monitors, you need to use third party applications, as Windows 7 (or any of its predecessors) doesn’t have this option by default. With Windows 8, it looks like Microsoft finally listened to the users and has addressed this issue. Not only does Windows 8 spans the taskbar across all your screens, but it also provides a few useful options to handle the running applications (accessible from taskbar). In what follows, we will explain how you can make use of multi-monitor setup related options available in Windows 8.
Having a multi monitor setup is always a lot of fun. Other than the fact that you get a lot of screen space, multi-monitor setup allows you to work with multiple applications in full screen. For instance, some people like to set one of their monitors in portrait mode and open their feeds, such as Twitter, Facebook or any other RSS feeds that they have subscribed to. It can also be used to watch multiple video streams at the same time without having to squeeze them together onto one screen. However, a dual monitor setup also requires you to have an application to control UI elements on all connected monitors, including setting the resolution for each of them, changing wallpapers, moving applications between the two monitors etc. Another usage of multi-monitor setup is giving presentations. You can set the secondary monitor for your audience and show them anything you want and manage presentation content from primary monitor. Today, we have an application for you called Multiscreen Blank
that allows you to individually black out monitors connected to your system.
We all love changing wallpapers. In fact, it’s one of those tasks we frequently perform. Even though Windows 7 provides integrated wallpaper switching functionality, it’s not as robust as it should be, and is neither very feature-laden. Earlier, we took an inside look at John's Background Switcher
– probably one of the most comprehensive wallpaper utilities you can find over the internet. The software was both feature-rich and intuitive, and left us utterly impressed. However, not everyone wants to play with plethora of options and settings, and some simply need simpler and minimalistic solutions. Today, we have a wallpaper application for you called WallSwitch
. WallSwitch, as the name implies, is a handsome software to easily switch your desktop wallpapers, either using hotkeys or by setting predefined time intervals. What makes it stand out from default Windows 7’s Personalization menu, is its multi-monitor support – which means it can set separate background for each screen. You can make multiple profiles and set different configurations for each of them.
Throughout my professional life, I’ve favored multi-monitor setups, whether homogeneous or heterogeneous (although I naturally favor homogeneous ones, but you cannot always have that luxury). They give you more screen area to play with, make organization of work easier and considerably speed up tasks (personal experience here). However, for most people, multi-monitor setups imply having two display devices attached to a single PC, which is generally easy to manage. Things start getting complicated when you have perhaps three or more displays attached with a single PC, meaning that you get to control all of the extra desktop space with a single keyboard and mouse. One annoyance that such setups present is the excessive mouse movement required to travel/navigate across the multiple desktops. Multi Monitor Mouse (M3)
is a very small tool that allows your mouse pointer to quickly jump across various monitors, making the whole experience considerably faster.
While writing an article, adding screenshots makes it easier for, both the writer and the reader. It helps the writer in explaining his point, and keeping the interest of the reader, and the images help the readers by providing them with a way for verifying if they are following the article properly or not. Documents, such as guides and tutorials are best supported by screenshots in this regard. Previously,we have covered a lot of useful screenshot capturing tools on AddictiveTips, such as like Greenshot, an open source utility best for taking screenshots
of a particular region, and Shotty, a tool that includes Windows 7 Aero-Glass effect in screenshots
with semitransparent border, along with the shadow of the active window. Today, we bring to you a lightweight and portable screenshot tool, called Screen Capture + Print,
that provides you with three options after taking a screenshot; Print, Copy to Clipboard, and Save to File. The application is capable of capturing selected region, full screen, a single window or content inside a window. It supports capturing desktops with multi-monitor display, as well as transparent windows and regions. The image can be copied to clipboard and used directly from it, without having to save it in a file first. The saved area can be saved to a file in JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF and TIF formats. More about Screen Capture + Print after the break.
Application window adjustment and management utilities generally allow user to snap active applications at required sides of the screen without actually saving precious screen space. The only way to save screen space is to use an app that can remove the unnecessary parts of the windows, such as scrollbars, menu bar, etc. PWT
(Python Windows Tiler) is a python based Windows 7 tiler, i.e. application workspace adjustment tool which is equally good in saving screen space by removing active applications’ headers. Read More
Dual Monitor Tools
, rather than an application, is more like a package containing four opensource tools to manage the multi-monitor setup. As users having dual-monitor setup are upgrading more to Windows 7, due to the fact that it provide awesome build-in options to sport and manage multiple monitors. Dual Monitor Tools package comes in handy as it complements the build-in features of Windows 7 effectively and uses the resource quite efficiently.
Have you used dual-monitors only to find it difficult to use due to the sudden jump of the mouse pointer from the first to the second monitor, whenever you are trying to scroll or close the window? You are not alone, it is all too common these days. Dual Display Mouse Manager
(DDMM) fixes this little annoyance by slowing down the mouse pointer when it reaches the edge of the screen.
In multi-monitor setups, one of the most executed functions is moving windows between the displays. It makes organization convenient and boosts efficiency of work, but what of the irritation of constantly having to drag windows here to there. MonitorSwitch
addresses this issue and makes switching windows from one display to another easier and more efficient.
If you have a multi-monitor setup, then you know how hard it is to change wallpapers or background colors for each desktop. Windows will automatically extend the wallpaper in the first monitor to other monitors as well. If you want to keep different wallpapers for each monitor and change them frequently then it is almost impossible to do it from within Windows.
Wallmaster is a free opensource tool which allows you to set different wallpapers and background color for each monitor in a multi-monitor setup. If you have two monitors with different resolutions, it will automatically resize the wallpaper for each one of them. It can be used as a complete replacement for Windows Desktop Background option, even if you don’t have a multi-monitor setup. Read More