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 operating system Windows 8 came with improved multi-monitor support, and third party software is available for other operating systems to enhance multi-monitor support. Windows 10 introduced virtual desktops natively.
Update: Multi-Monitor support is no longer available. The legacy extension was removed from Mozilla's Add-ons repository following the release of Firefox 57. Firefox 57 dropped legacy extension support.
A comparable extension is not available, unfortunately, at the time of writing. End
Monitor Master was an extension for the Firefox web browser that improved multi-monitor support in several ways. The extension detected multi-monitor systems automatically and added a toolbar item to the browser that depicted the monitor setup.
You could then use the icons to move a browser window or individual tab to another monitor, or expand a browser or tab to it. Moving was 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 worked by finding the largest available area across the selected monitors, and displaying the browser window in it.
The Firefox extension furthermore added options to the tab right-click context menu that could be used to move the select tab to another connected monitor. In addition, links could also be added to the general context menu to open website links on a different monitor.
Both context menu options were available by default, and could be disabled in the add-ons manager. Here it was 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 were moved to a new monitor were by default added to existing Firefox windows on that monitor.
The developer of Multi Monitor planned to add a manual monitor selection option after installation to override the default search algorithm. Unix and AMD Eyefinity users were encouraged to read through the troubleshooting section on the add-on page for information on how to overcome issues on their systems.
Monitor Master could improve the workflow on multi-monitor systems. Firefox users who were working with multiple monitors could use it to improve their productivity.Advertisement
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