Microsoft has improved dual monitor support under Windows 7. It is for instance relatively easy to setup a multi-monitor system and make use of some of the operating system's built in feature to manage the display and application windows on those two monitors. While support has been improved, it is not nearly as sophisticated or optimized as it could be.
Dual Monitor Tools tries to change that by adding multiple dual-monitor features to the operating system. Supported by the application are all Microsoft operating systems from Windows XP to the very latest version of Windows 7.
Dual Monitor Tools provides access to five core features, they are: Swap Screen, Dual Launcher, Dual Wallpaper, DisMon and Dual Snap. Want to know what each does? Read on then. It first needs to be noted that each feature comes with its own executable which reduces the memory footprint significantly considering that you only need to run the executable of the program that you need.
This feature introduces hotkeys that simplify and optimize the handling of windows on multiple monitor systems. Most of the hotkeys provided by the program are disabled by default, and it is up to you to enable them. They are divided into tabs once you run the program's options. There are hotkeys for the active window and other windows, for using defined areas on the screen and moving windows to those areas and cursor handling.
Features include minimizing windows, rotating screens, moving windows to a specific part of the screen or changing the cursor resistance to move between screens.
The Dual Launcher executable acts as an application launcher, with the added benefit of positioning the applications on the screen.
You can add new programs to the application and configure magic words with which they can be launched in the the launcher window.
This program simplifies the handling of wallpaper images on dual screen monitors. It is for instance possible to spread a single image across multiple monitors or different images on each monitor.
This program can be used to disable monitors, for instance when playing games. DisMon supports command line options which are explained on the developer website over at Sourceforge.
The last application of the Dual Monitor Tools pack can be used to capture images on one screen and display those images directly on the next. Pretty nice if you run a fullscreen application on one monitor and need to take screenshots.
Interested users can download the latest version of Dual Monitor Tools from the Sourceforge project website.
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