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Add better multi-monitor support for Windows

As you put your Office applications across more than one monitor, you’ll find the need for better controls than the ones in Windows. That’s where UltraMon comes in.

These days it’s common to see two monitors with Office programs and browser windows open across both. A couple of Outlook windows (Inbox, Calendar, Contacts) plus some Word documents and an Excel worksheet or two.

UltraMon has been around for some time and adds some really useful options for all that screen real estate.

The Smart Taskbar lets you have the same taskbar on each monitor or show taskbar buttons only for the programs on that screen. You can right-click on a taskbar button and move that program to another monitor.

There are shortcuts to put a particular program, for example Outlook, on a certain monitor.

Desktop wallpaper can be better controlled with a single panorama wallpaper across the monitors or separate images on each screen.

Mirroring a screen to another monitor gets lots more options than in Windows. You can mirror an entire screen or a single application (eg PowerPoint), part of the desktop or area around the mouse pointer.

Screen savers get proper support with Ultramon. Most screen savers only work on the primary monitor. With Ultramon you can have different screen savers on each monitor – for example time and date on one and picture gallery on another.

A few of these features are in Windows 8 and we cover them in a separate chapter (page 94 onwards) in Windows 8 for Microsoft Office users . UltraMon adds all those features to earlier versions of Windows as well as boosting Windows 8’s multi-monitor support.

There’s a 30 day trial available for 32 and 64 bit machines here. The single licence price of US$39.95 might be a little high these days.

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