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Dual Monitors: Dual-Monitor Taskbar, Dual-Monitor Task Switcher and Other Multi-Monitor Enhancements

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  1. Introduction
  2. Dual-monitor Taskbar
  3. Dual-monitor Task Switcher
  4. Dual-monitor Window Management
  5. Conclusion

 

1. Introduction

As technology advances with each year, PC displays are becoming cheaper and more compact. In tandem with this development, a growing number of PC users are taking advantage of the power of dual-monitor configuration. This can involve using a dual-headed video adapter, installing two video adapters together or connecting the second monitor via a special USB video hub.

Connecting a second monitor enables users to enjoy the advantages that dual displays provide: expanded screen space and a higher number of visible windows without overlapping. However, the use of two monitors can also lead to some minor but annoying drawbacks:

Luckily, there is an all-in-one solution to all of these issues. Actual Multiple Monitors provides 3 extremely handy tools that make work with a dual-monitor system far more productive, easy and comfortable!

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2. Dual-monitor Taskbar

The Multi-monitor Taskbar facility is the most important enhancement of the Windows user interface in the dual display environment - it emulates the main Windows Taskbar services on the additional monitor. Therefore, it does not matter which monitor is used as both provide the same constant action to switch between open windows.

Multi-monitor Taskbar in the dual-monitor system
Multi-monitor Taskbar in the dual-monitor system

As you can see, the second taskbar displays all essential controls, such as Start button, notification area (also known as system tray), clock and any additional toolbars (like Quick Launch, Desktop, Address, Windows Media Player, etc.). It allows quick access to the contents of the Start Menu or system tray, irrespective of which monitor the mouse is currently on. Such a seemingly minor advantage as having the emulated Taskbar partnered by all necessary controls avoids the usual irritating mouse marathons across the desktop!

In addition, it is possible to choose between two different modes in which the secondary Taskbar can work: individual or mirror. Using the individual mode ensures that both primary and secondary Taskbars only display those windows located on the Taskbar's host monitor. For example:

In mirror mode, each open window has an entry in all Taskbars (i.e. all Taskbars display the same contents).

Multi-monitor Taskbar in the mirror mode
Multi-monitor Taskbar in the mirror mode

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3. Dual-monitor Task Switcher

The Multi-monitor Task Switcher simultaneously displays the Task Switcher service window on both monitors. This avoids a user having to switch attention from the second monitor when hitting Alt+Tab.

Multi-monitor Task Switcher
Multi-monitor Task Switcher

This function is simplicity itself. It's just another small but effective piece of the jigsaw that leads to a truly great development!

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4. Dual-monitor Window Management

Last but not least, the Actual Multiple Monitors can help resolve the problematic positioning of multiple windows within the widened dual-display of the Windows desktop. Windows itself fails to provide a solution other than the ordinary mouse-dragging technique. Actual Multiple Monitors provides a number of simple but neat little tricks:

All these features ensure that dual-monitor window management is as fast and convenient (if not more fast and convenient!), as single-monitor operation.

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5. Conclusion

As with any great development, dual-monitor configuration is a double-edged sword. However, Actual Multiple Monitors offers 3 expert advantages in its tool set that help compensate most dual-monitor disadvantages. By using the technology, it is possible to achieve the full power and productivity of the dual-display system. Just try the package and never again will you imagine a dual-monitor experience without it!
Also you may read How to play StarCraft 2 on dual monitors.

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Actual Multiple Monitors is Compatible with Windows® 7Actual Multiple Monitors is Certified for Windows® 8

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Release date:April 15, 2015
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