Price: $ 29
I've been a fan of multi-monitor setups for over a decade, and I'm thrilled to see Windows expand support for them with increasing release progress. However, if you are serious about getting productive with your monitor array, DisplayFusion is an essential addition to your setup.
Here's what we like
- Amazing variety of monitor and window tools
- The Split feature lets you define virtual window zones.
- Easily applied profiles via taskbar or hotkey.
And what we do not do.
- The setup of the UI is a bit intimidating confirmation for the power user software. DisplayFusion offers more features and tools in its low-overhead program than I can handle in a session. Suffice to say, DisplayFusion is likely to run a collection of tools for managing windows, wallpapers, and general UI changes for two or more screens.
In short: DisplayFusion is a collection of tools that run in the background of Windows, making multiple monitors more user-friendly. The tool can properly format the wallpaper, add additional toolbar buttons to move windows to different monitors, save and recall the position of windows or desktop icons, or hide secondary monitors so you can focus on what you are doing. Some of these tools have Windows in versions 8 and 10, others have not, but the one I want to talk about is unique and incredibly useful.
Believe it or not, there is a desktop computer between all these toys. Michael Crider
The tool I use most often is the "shared" virtual windowing system and the monitor profile tool that I can use to manage it. This creates custom panes similar to most modern operating systems (WIN and arrow keys in Windows by default). Although only Windows interprets this idea rather restrictively, DisplayFusion allows the user to specify any number of these defined panes on multiple displays with horizontal and vertical divisions down to the pixel level.
Let me say that an example in my default working setting. Over my three screens I leave the middle open, while the right screen in my opinion is my "communication zone". Windows maximized in this window switch to DisplayFusion divisions on the left or right side, the former generally being reserved for the How-To Geek Slack and the right one for TweetDeck. TweetDeck is particularly used by this pixel-perfect layout, since I just enough space for my Twitter main feed and a news list.
Over there on the left monitor I keep a big gap for general surfing or e-mail on the left, then a similar vertical gap on the right. This split is broken up into small sections at the top and bottom: the top panel for Pandora, YouTube, or Spotify, whichever I'm listening to, and the bottom part for Google Keep, where I have my to-do list. The primary monitor is usually either a full-screen Chrome window or two, which are split equally when writing and exploring.
This means that my three monitors have six different panes, each one carefully defined. Whenever I need a window to go beyond these virtual zones and be fully maximized on the monitor, I simply hold down the Shift key and click Maximize. If the desktop formatting is incorrect (for example, if one of my monitors is off), I can restore this setup with a few clicks from the taskbar menu.
This tool for my setup has given my daily work a sense of order and structure that I absolutely love countless other tools that allow you to manage and customize them in a variety of ways, but I paid only $ 29 for them.
It's worth noting that the development team constantly updates and improves DisplayFusion as a minor update Up in the window areas, I barely had time to pop up to submit it to the support forum before applying a patch to fix it. If you're looking for a way to make Windows behave like Windows, DisplayFusion is definitely worth a try. A 30-day trial is available for free.
What we like
- Amazing selection of monitor and window tools
- Use the Split feature to define virtual panes.
- Profiles can be easily applied via the taskbar or hotkey
And what we do not
- Setup user interface is a bit intimidating