Once you’ve had the pleasure of using dual monitors it can be tough trying to go back to a single screen. There are, however, some things that Windows doesn’t handle so gracefully. A good example of this can be seen in one of our most popular articles where we walk you through how to change your primary monitor (the one where the Taskbar appears). There has got to be an easier way to do things like this, right?
There is, and it is with a free utility called Dual Monitor Tools. This is a collection of five standalone utilities that you can run whenever you want without going through a setup routine:
- Swap Screen uses hotkeys to simplify the process of handling windows in a multiple monitor setup. This includes features such as moving the current window to the next screen and minimising all windows on a single screen only. It also includes mouse/cursor control allowing you to lock the mouse onto a single screen or providing resistance to moving between screens.
- Dual Launcher allows you to launch your favourite applications with a few key strokes and to position them at pre-configured positions on any of your monitors.
- Dual Wallpaper simplifies the process of using images as wallpaper on multiple monitor setups. You can have a single image which is spread across all of your monitors, or you can have different images on each monitor, or if you have enough monitors, you could say have an image spread across 2 of your monitors with another image displayed on the third monitor.
- DisMon gives you some control over which monitors are disabled and which is the primary monitor when running another application.
- Dual Snap allows you to capture the image on the primary monitor and display it on the secondary monitor by the use of a user defined hotkey. This works with both normal window applications and most full screen applications like most games.
The DisMon utility is the program I want to highlight since it will let you easily select which monitor should be treated as the primary and which one as the secondary… that is the problem I mentioned above. This is the easiest way I’ve come across for addressing that.
Dual Monitor Tools Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)