Working with multiple monitors can be a blessing. You have got more room to display programs, windows and information on the computer without having to juggle around or use virtual desktops for that purpose. But multi-monitor support is still lacking as it is not as common as one would think. The majority of computer users are working on single-monitor systems.
Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows 8 will ship with improved multi-monitor support, and third party software is available for other operating systems to enhance multi-monitor support.
Monitor Master is an extension for the Firefox web browser that improves multi-monitor support in several ways. The extension detects a multi-monitor system automatically and adds a toolbar item to the browser that depicts the monitor setup.
You can then use the icons to move a browser window or individual tab to another monitor, or expand a browser or tab to it. Moving is simplified this way as you would otherwise have to drag and drop the window or tab to the other monitor. Now the same operation is handled with a single click of the mouse button.
Extending works by finding the largest available area across the selected monitors, and displaying the browser window in it.
The Firefox extension furthermore adds options to the tab right-click context menu that can be used to move the select tab to another connected monitor. In addition, links can also be added to the general context menu to open website links on a different monitor.
Both context menu options are available by default, and can be disabled in the add-ons manager. Here it is also possible to configure the browser to select the new tab after moving it to a new monitor, and to prevent that it is combined with an existing Firefox window on that monitor. Tabs that are moved to a new monitor are by default added to existing Firefox windows on that monitor.
The developer of Multi Monitor plans to add a manual monitor selection option after installation to override the default search algorithm. Unix and AMD Eyefinity users should read through the troubleshooting section on the add-on page for information on how to overcome issues on their systems.
Monitor Master can improve the workflow on multi-monitor systems. Firefox users who are working with multiple monitors may want to give it a try.
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