User:Xeyelax/Comparison of multi-monitor software

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PC setups with multiple monitors become more and more popular not only among professionals but also for home users (especially the simplest and most reasonable dual-monitor configuration). Multiple monitors expand your screen real estate, boost your productivity, and give you tons of extra room to spread out your work. Boost the benefit of your multiple monitors with these great tools.

The following table compares some software utilities which extend the multi-monitor abilities of the Windows operating system.

Technical Information[edit]

\ Product
\
Feature \
Actual Multiple Monitors DisplayFusion Dual Monitor Taskbar Dual Monitor Tools MultiMon Taskbar NVIDIA nView UltraMon ZBar JeS Multi-Monitor Suite


Current Version 8.5.2 7.3.2 Pro 1.22 1.8 3.5 Pro Unknown 3.2.2 0.82 1.0.0.2
Release Date 09.09.2015 16.11.2015 02.18.2013 13.04.2011 Unknown Unknown 25.12.2012 03.03.2012 20.11.2013
Supported OS Windows 10 /Windows 8.1 /Windows 8 /Windows 7 / Server / Vista / 2008 / XP / 2003 / 2000 (x86 / x64) Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 7 / Server / Vista / 2008 / XP / 2003 / 2000 (x86 / x64) Windows 7 / 2008 R2 Windows 7 / Vista / XP Windows 7 / Vista / 2000 / XP (x86 / x64) Windows 7 / Server / Vista / XP / (x86 / x64) Windows 8 /Windows 7 / Vista / 2000 / XP (x86 / x64) Windows 7 / Vista / XP Windows 8 / Windows 7 (x86 / x64)

Taskbar Features[edit]

\ Product
\
Feature \
Actual Multiple Monitors DisplayFusion Dual Monitor Taskbar Dual Monitor Tools MultiMon Taskbar NVIDIA nView UltraMon ZBar JeS Multi-Monitor Suite
Individual mode[1] Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mirror mode[2] Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mixed mode[3] Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Mixed mode 2[4] No Yes No No No No No No No
Support of Windows native visual themes[5] Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support of custom visual themes[6] Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No
Classic Start menu for Windows 8 Yes Yes[7] No No No No No No No
Start button[8] Yes Yes Partial[9] No No No No No Yes
Notification area[10] Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes
Clock Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes
Clock/Calendar Popup Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Toolbars (Quick Launch, Desktop, Windows Media Player, etc.) Yes No No No No No Yes No No
Semi-transparency Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No
Thumbnail previews Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes
Control buttons in Thumbnail previews Yes No No No No No No Yes No
Auto-hide Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
Change taskbar buttons' alignment[11] No Yes No No No No No No Yes
Grouping similar buttons Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Multi-preview for group buttons Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Reordering taskbar buttons Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes
Reordering icons in the notification area Yes No No No No No No No No
Minimize all windows Yes Yes No Yes[12] No No Yes[13] No Yes
Custom taskbar settings per-taskbar[14] Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Advanced Windows 7 features
Pin buttons to taskbar Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes
State icons on buttons[15] Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Progress indicators on buttons[16] Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Aero Peek Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes
Control buttons in thumbnail previews[17] Yes No No No No No No No No
Show Desktop button Yes Yes Partial[18] No No No No No Yes
Aero Shake Yes No No No No No Yes No
Jump Lists Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Context menus for Jump List items Yes No No No No No No No No
Show hidden notification area icons in the special fly-out window Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes

Window Management[edit]

\ Product
\
Feature \
Actual Multiple Monitors DisplayFusion Dual Monitor Taskbar Dual Monitor Tools MultiMon Taskbar NVIDIA nView UltraMon ZBar JeS Multi-Monitor Suite
Fit to the monitor Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Group window operations Yes Yes No No No No Yes No Yes
Change specific window's position at startup Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes[19] No No
Specific settings for any application Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes[19] No No
Display window size and location when moving/resizing Yes Yes No No No No No No No
MDI windows support Yes No No No No No No No No
Move windows between monitors
Via additional title bar button Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Via additional command in each window's system menu Yes No No No No Yes Yes No No
Via hotkeys Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Via middle-click on window's title bar Yes Yes No No No No Partial[20] No No
Maximize windows to entire desktop
Via additional title bar button Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Via additional command in each window's system menu Yes No No No No No Yes No No
Via hotkeys Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maximize windows just to selected monitors
Via additional title bar button Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Via hotkeys Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Snap windows
To desktop boundaries Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No
To each other (from outside) Yes Yes No No No No No No No
To each other (from inside) Yes Yes No No No No No No No
To a customizable virtual grid Yes No No No No No No No No
Aero Snap on edges between monitors Yes No No No No No Partial No No
Aero Snap emulation in XP/Vista Yes No No No No No No No No
Moving maximized windows
Via additional title bar button Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Via hotkeys Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Via mouse dragging Yes[21] Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Background & Screen Saver Management[edit]

\ Product
\
Feature \
Actual Multiple Monitors DisplayFusion Dual Monitor Taskbar Dual Monitor Tools MultiMon Taskbar NVIDIA nView UltraMon ZBar JeS Multi-Monitor Suite
Custom multi-monitor background[22] Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Custom profiles Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No
Slideshow mode Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Auto-downloading wallpaper pictures from online media library Yes[23] Yes[24] No No No No No No No
Custom image sizing modes[25] Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Image flipping/mirroring/rotating No Yes No No No No No No No
Custom color modes[26] No Yes No No No No No No No
Custom image position adjustments per-monitor[27] No Yes No No No No No No No
Custom image scaling per-monitor[28] Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Customizable text displayed on the desktop No Yes No No No No No No No
Custom multi-monitor screen saver[29] Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No
Run screen savers on desired monitors Yes No No No No No No No No

Display Management[edit]

\ Product
\
Feature \
Actual Multiple Monitors DisplayFusion Dual Monitor Taskbar Dual Monitor Tools MultiMon Taskbar NVIDIA nView UltraMon ZBar JeS Multi-Monitor Suite
Desktop profiles[30] Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No
Custom display settings for certain applications No Yes No No No No Yes[19] No No
Toggle any secondary monitor Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No
Monitor Splitting[31] No Yes No No No No No No No
Assign wallpaper profile to desktop profile Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Switch desktop profiles via hotkeys Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Switch desktop profiles via title bar buttons No Yes No No No No No No No
Switch desktop profiles via Windows Desktop's context menu Yes No No No No No No No No
Switch desktop profiles via command line No Yes No No No No No No No
Activate desktop profile at program's startup Yes Yes[32] No No No No Yes No No

Mouse Features[edit]

\ Product
\
Feature \
Actual Multiple Monitors DisplayFusion Dual Monitor Taskbar Dual Monitor Tools MultiMon Taskbar NVIDIA nView UltraMon ZBar JeS Multi-Monitor Suite
Move mouse to next/previous/primary monitor via hotkeys Yes Yes No No No No Yes No Yes
Lock mouse within active window Yes Yes No No No No Yes No Yes
Lock mouse within current monitor (hard[33]) Yes Yes No No No No Yes No Yes
Lock mouse within current monitor (soft[34]) Yes No No No No No No No No
Shrink mouse locking area by custom size No Yes No No No No No No No
Custom actions in response to clicks on standard window parts Yes No No No No No No No No
Edgeless desktop[35] Yes Yes No No No No No No No

Windows 8 Tweaks[edit]

\ Product
\
Feature \
Actual Multiple Monitors DisplayFusion Dual Monitor Taskbar Dual Monitor Tools MultiMon Taskbar NVIDIA nView UltraMon ZBar JeS Multi-Monitor Suite
Bypass the Windows 8 Start Screen No Yes No No No No No No No
Move Win + X window to mouse position No Yes No No No No No No No
Mini Start Screen on current monitor Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Applist instead Start screen Yes No No No No No No No No
Adjust window border size Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Send Metro app to desktop window Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Disable taskbar transparency Yes Yes No No No No No No No

Other Multiple Monitor Features[edit]

\ Product
\
Feature \
Actual Multiple Monitors DisplayFusion Dual Monitor Taskbar Dual Monitor Tools MultiMon Taskbar NVIDIA nView UltraMon ZBar JeS Multi-Monitor Suite
Ignore deactivation Yes[36] Yes No No No No No No No
Copy of the Alt-Tab Task Switcher on each monitor Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Exclusions for certain applications Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No
Title bar buttons management Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No
Save/Restore position of desktop icons Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No
Save/Restore position of desktop icons via command line Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No
Ignore any secondary monitor No Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes
Customize Windows Logon background image Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Hotkeys management
Customize key combinations Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Add custom hotkeys Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Mirroring
Entire monitor on two or more other displays Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No
Single window Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No
Selected part of desktop Yes No No No No No Yes No No
Area around the mouse pointer Yes No No No No No Yes No No
Run mirror in full-screen mode Yes No No No No No No No No
Hardware acceleration support Yes No No No No No No No No
Desktop Divider
Different working modes Yes[37] No No No No Yes[38] No No No
Layout profiles Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Customizable Tiles Yes No No No No Yes No No No
Changing layouts via hotkeys Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Divider title button Yes Yes No No No No No No No

References[edit]

  1. ^ Each taskbar displays only applications running on its host monitor.
  2. ^ All taskbars display all applications.
  3. ^ Primary taskbar shows all running applications on all monitors, whereas secondary taskbars show only applications running on their corresponding monitors.
  4. ^ Windows taskbar shows no windows, secondary taskbars show all windows.
  5. ^ Emulated taskbars look the same as the main taskbar with any native visual theme applied.
  6. ^ Emulated taskbars look the same as the main taskbar with any custom visual theme applied.
  7. ^ Supports third-part Start menus: Classic Shell, StartIsBack, Start8, StartMenuX
  8. ^ Secondary taskbars can display the Start button providing a quick access to the Start menu from any monitor.
  9. ^ In beta status yet.
  10. ^ Secondary taskbars can display a copy of the notification area providing a quick access from any monitor to applications running in background.
  11. ^ Option to align buttons to the left/right side of the taskbar.
  12. ^ Via hotkey only.
  13. ^ Via taskbar's context menu only.
  14. ^ Each taskbar can have its own settings (including visibility on a specific monitor).
  15. ^ Like Online/Away status for Windows Live Messenger.
  16. ^ Like IE/Firefox/Chrome download indicators
  17. ^ Like Previous/Play/Pause/Next buttons for Windows Media Player.
  18. ^ Only minimize \ maximize windows by click
  19. ^ a b c Via application's desktop shortcut.
  20. ^ Requires to download an add-on.
  21. ^ With the Aero Snap emulation enabled.
  22. ^ Ability to stretch a single picture over entire composite desktop or set an individual picture on each monitor.
  23. ^ Supports two media libraries: Flickr.com, Google Image Search.
  24. ^ Supports two media libraries: Flickr.com, Vladstudio.com, 500px, Bing image search,Google image search, DeviantArt, WallpaperFusion.
  25. ^ Set one of the available mode for each wallpaper (center, stretch, etc.).
  26. ^ Overlaying the custom visual effect (Grayscale, Sepia Tone, Inverted, etc.) on the picture.
  27. ^ Setting the offset for each wallpaper to the left/right/up/down (relative to the center, in pixels).
  28. ^ Zooming of a wallpaper for each monitor.
  29. ^ Ability to stretch a single screen saver over entire composite desktop or run an individual screen saver on each monitor.
  30. ^ Ability to store various desktop configurations as named profiles and switch between them.
  31. ^ Monitor Splitting for creating smaller, virtual monitors out of your large monitors, for example, when using AMD Eyefinity.
  32. ^ Load a desktop profile via command line tool on startup
  33. ^ Hard lock keeps the mouse pointer within current monitor unconditionally, until the lock is turned off.
  34. ^ Soft lock holds the mouse pointer on the boundaries between monitors automatically for a specified time; if user continues dragging the mouse to another monitor longer than this time - the mouse crosses the boundary.
  35. ^ Tool that automatically warps the mouse pointer to the opposite edge of desktop when user tries to drag the mouse beyond desktop limits.
  36. ^ Application stay full-screen even if it loses focus.
  37. ^ Divider working modes: 1. Active always 2. Active While the Modifier Keys Pressed 3. Active While the Modifier Keys not Pressed.
  38. ^ Divider working modes: 1. Show tiles' grid when moving the window 2. Don't show tiles' grid when moving the window.

See also[edit]

External Links[edit]

  1. How to Add a Taskbar to Multiple Monitors in Windows 7: Lockergnome.com
  2. Dual-screen software tools showdown: 3 of the best compared: Neowin.net
  3. Multiple Monitor Software Comparison: MikeDixononline.com
  4. Max Out the Multi-Monitor Magic Under Windows 7:HowtoGeek.com
  5. Finally Get Two Functional Desktops With Actual Multiple Monitors:MakeUseOf.com
  6. Best Software to Manage Dual Monitors:HelpDeskGeek.com
  7. Five Best Tools for Managing Your Multi-Monitor Setup:LifeHacker.com


Multi-monitor software Category:Microsoft Windows Category:Windows software