Adding a second or third monitor to your computer can help to significantly increase productivity by making it easy to switch between open applications and keep an eye on several programs at the same time. Other then requiring a dualhead or second graphics card, Windows has no additional requirements if you want to use multiple monitors, but support for two or more displays does not really extend much beyond expanding the desktop to span all available monitors.
Install DisplayFusion and you will be provided with a number of additional features and options including the ability to use one large wallpaper to span multiple monitors, or to use difference backgrounds for each. Program titlebars can be furnished with extra buttons including quick links to move a given window to another monitor.
There are also pre-defined keyboard shortcuts that can be used to move windows, tile them or span them across all available monitors. These might sound like small enhancements to bring to a multi-monitor computer, but after spending just a few minutes working with these additional options, you will quickly discover just how useful they are.
Upgrade to the Pro version of the program and even more extra options are available. You can view a copy of the Windows taskbar on each monitor and opt to display only taskbar buttons relating to the programs that are running on a particular monitor. Desktop backgrounds can be pulled in from Flickr and rotated on a schedule, and program windows can be automatically snapped to the edges of other running programs. You can also customise keyboard shortcuts to suite your requirements.
DisplayFusion 5 highlights include:
New Online Wallpaper Sources: 500px and our very own WallpaperFusion
Added new rotate and flipping/mirroring adjustments for wallpapers
Linear gradients can now be used as the wallpaper background colour
The current wallpaper image can be easily located on your computer by double-clicking the image preview in the Desktop Wallpaper window
Desktop Wallpaper window now re-uses the image chooser windows so that you don't have to re-do the same search for each monitor
DisplayFusion Taskbars in Windows 8 now support third-party Start menu replacements (StartIsBack, Start8, Classic Shell, and Start Menu X)
DisplayFusion Taskbars now show full jump lists for pinned and running applications
Windows 8 Tweaks have been added (Boot to Desktop, Mini Start Screen, Move Power User Menu, and Resize Window Borders)
Fixed some issues with Monitor Profile detection and loading
Fixed Wallpaper and Settings window sizing when DPI scaling is enabled
30 Languages bundled
Many behind the scenes changes, bug fixes, performance and stability improvements