Moving windows is a common task on multi-monitor systems,
and VT MultiDisplay makes it easier and more efficient.
|With custom window buttons, you can move a window
to a different monitor with the click of a button.
You can also easily maximize a window to the desktop (stretch it across
all monitors). This is especially useful for applications with lots of
windows, such as Adobe Photoshop or Premiere, or large spreadsheets.
VT MultiDisplay also adds the ability to move maximized windows
using the mouse, simply by dragging the title bar as
you would any other window. As soon as you start dragging
the title bar of a maximized window, the mouse pointer
changes to the move cursor, and the window is moved to
the monitor on which you release the mouse.
In addition to custom
window buttons, VT MultiDisplay can also add
custom menu commands to the window (or system)
menu of applications. The custom menu commands
add the same functionality as the window buttons.
you have more than 2 monitors, the 'move to monitor'
command will open a dialog that lets you select the
You can also use the keyboard for moving and maximizing
windows. The following hotkeys are available:
- Move window to next monitor
- Move window to previous monitor
- Move window to primary monitor
- Maximize or restore window to desktop
If you often have multiple applications open at the
same time, the Smart Taskbar will help you manage them
efficiently, by adding additional taskbars for each secondary
You can choose between two modes:
- Standard: each taskbar only shows applications
from the monitor it is on, so you won't have to search
for an application after activating it. If you move
an application to a different monitor, its taskbar
button will be moved to the corresponding taskbar
- Mirror: each taskbar shows all tasks, allowing
you to quickly switch tasks on any monitor
VT MultiDisplay does not replace the Windows taskbar, it simply
adds one or more additional taskbars. For example, you
can use the Windows taskbar on the primary monitor, and
VT MultiDisplay taskbars on your secondary monitors.
Right-clicking the taskbar lets you adjust the
Below is a screenshot of the Smart Taskbar running in
standard mode on a 2-monitor system, on the left monitor
the Windows taskbar, on the right monitor an VT MultiDisplay
taskbar. There are two applications running on each monitor.
Click the image for a full-size screenshot.
If you have enabled
the custom window menu commands
you can right-click a task's button and move it
to a different monitor directly, without having
to switch to the application first:
With VT MultiDisplay, you can create shortcuts that
open programs on a specific monitor or at a specific
position, and optionally change display settings
before launching the application and restoring
them when you close the application.
You can access shortcuts directly from the VT MultiDisplay
menu, or save them as standard Windows shortcuts
and access them from the desktop, Quick Launch
or Start menu.
Additionally, you can also simply open the properties
of an existing Windows shortcut and adjust window positioning
and display settings on the additional tabs added by
VT MultiDisplay. Below is a screenshot of the VT MultiDisplay window
settings tab. Integration with Windows Explorer is optional
and can be disabled from the VT MultiDisplay Options dialog.
The following screenshots show the various shortcut
settings that can be configured.
Display profiles make it easy to switch between
different desktop configurations. A profile stores
the display mode, position and state (enabled/disabled)
of each monitor, as well as which monitor is primary
(changing the primary is only supported on Windows
2000/XP and later).
If your computer is used by more than one person,
you can use display profiles to set up custom
display configurations for each user. Whenever
a user logs in, his or her display settings will
be applied. Windows XP Fast User Switching is
By default, you are limited to using
the same background image on each monitor. With VT MultiDisplay,
you can use a single image for the whole desktop, or
different images for each monitor. In addition, you can
also create gradient color backgrounds.
The following screenshot shows a wallpaper using a single
image stretched across the desktop:
Wallpaper using a different image on each monitor
Wallpaper using a different gradient on each
Most screen savers don't work with multiple monitors:
they only run on the primary monitor, leaving the other
VT MultiDisplay solves this problem by blanking all secondary
monitors while the screen saver runs on the primary monitor.
The screen saver once again does its job, and your data
is protected while you are away from your desk.
But VT MultiDisplay can do even more: you can have a different
screen saver on each monitor! The following screenshot
shows a 3-monitor system with a different screen saver
on each monitor:
In addition, VT MultiDisplay also enables you to run hardware-accelerated
OpenGL screen savers, even if your system has no
OpenGL acceleration when secondary monitors are enabled.
To enable this feature, go to the Options tab and check
'disable secondary monitors'. You can now select any
OpenGL screen saver for the primary monitor. VT MultiDisplay
will disable secondary monitors before the screen saver
starts, and re-enable them when the screen saver stops.
You can easily launch
and configure screen savers from the VT MultiDisplay
Mirroring, also called cloning, means showing the same
thing on 2 or more monitors.
Some applications for mirroring:
- Presentations, with the same presentation being shown
on both a monitor for the presenter and a projector
for the audience
- Showing documents on a second monitor to a client
who is sitting opposite of you
VT MultiDisplay offers a very flexible software mirroring solution:
- mirror to one or more monitors
- use different resolutions for the mirror source and
- source and destination monitors can be driven by
different video cards
Here is a screenshot of the mirror settings dialog,
configured to mirror monitor 1 (the primary monitor)
on monitor 2.
In addition to fullscreen mirroring, it is also possible
to mirror a monitor to a small window (Monitor Preview
If you need to mirror video/DVD or 3D applications:
this may or may not work, depending on the application
and operating system
For advanced users: support for scripting
gives you access to VT MultiDisplay's powerful features
from your own VBScript, JScript or other Windows Script
The following VBScript code toggles the enabled state
of the second monitor:
Const POS_ALL = &H7
Set sys = CreateObject("VT MultiDisplay.System")
Set mon = sys.Monitors("2")
If mon.Enabled = True Then
mon.Enabled = False
mon.Enabled = True
See the scripting section of the VT MultiDisplay
Help for more information.
Preserve position of desktop icons
Depending on your system configuration, you may experience the problem that
desktop icons don't stay where you put them after restarting the system.
VT MultiDisplay fixes this problem by automatically restoring desktop icons to their
previous positions when VT MultiDisplay starts.
Disable or enable secondary monitors
You can quickly disable or enable secondary monitors from the VT MultiDisplay menu
or with a hotkey. When re-enabling secondary monitors, windows are moved
back to their original positions.
Change the primary monitor (Windows 2000/XP and later)
Enables you to quickly change the primary monitor from the VT MultiDisplay menu.
Custom Display Properties applet
A more powerful replacement for Display Properties with support for quickly
changing refresh rate and disabling/enabling secondary monitors. Also supports
exact positioning of monitors by entering coordinates directly. Unlike Windows
Display Properties, more than 10 monitors can be configured.
Various hotkeys are available:
- Move window to next/previous or primary monitor
- Maximize window to monitor or desktop
- Center mouse on primary monitor
- Move mouse to next/previous monitor
- Disable or enable secondary monitors
- Launch screen saver
- Run application or script
- Launch VT MultiDisplay shortcut
- Apply display profile
- Lock mouse to active window or primary monitor