I’ve recently upgraded my office computer through the addition of an addition display — a 19″ LCD — to compliment my 19″ Trinitron CRT monitor. My video card has both a DVI and VGA output, so I can use both monitors simultaneously to have more working space. I’ve used dual monitors before, but only where the primary monitor was a laptop / tablet, and then I hooked in an external monitor to use as a secondary display. I’ve really been enjoying the added real estate, but one thing really frustrated me — that the secondary display doesn’t get its own taskbar, and therefore everything from both displays is crammed into the one taskbar on the primary display.
Enter Ultramon — my new best friend. Ultramon is a great utility that makes working with dual (or multi-) monitors much easier. Firstly, it gives secondary displays a seperate taskbar that only shows the items that correspond to that display. In addition, it adds a button to the title bar of each window that lets you move it to the next display. Also, you can create special shortcuts that default to a particular display. Another feature, which I’m quite fond of, is creating a hotkey (I use [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Right arrow]) to move the active window to the next display. This is very useful when opening new windows that jump in front of the window you are using. You can also specify things like seperate wallpaper and screensavers for your monitors. There are a bunch of other features as well.
Ultramon is free for 30 days, and $39.95 to buy. I haven’t bought it yet, but it’s definitely on my to-do list as soon as it starts nagging me!