Actual Multiple Monitors Utility for Multiple Monitor view

Read the overview of the Actual Multiple Monitors, which was developed by the Actual Tools company for multi-monitor configurations. You can get the Taskbar and Start menu on each connected display, quickly allocate windows between monitors, improve the look of your desktop with the multi-monitor desktop wallpaper and screen saver, create as many desktop profiles and so much more.

Actual Multiple MonitorsActual Multiple Monitors was developed by the company, Actual Tools, which is known for the development of desktop enhancement applications for the Windows operating system. The company was started by a software engineer, Michael Tretyakov in 2001. The Actual Multiple Monitors was developed to overcome the shortcomings of the Windows operating system. The actual tool customers include a huge variety of enterprises worldwide including some of the respected enterprises such as NASA, GE healthcare, etc.

The Actual Multiple Monitors helps to improve the Windows user experience when working with multiple displays. The highlight of this tool is that you can get the Windows 7 taskbar on each monitor that utilizes all modern functions like Pin, Peek and Jump Lists. It also helps create a full replica of the system taskbar, with its own Start button, system tray, clock, toolbars, etc. Windows 8 users can make the Start menu occupy quarter of the screen or replace it with the standard Start button for Windows 7.

This is created for multi-monitor configurations. Execute the downloaded installation file (for instance ammsetup.exe). It is a self executable file. Then, just follow the setup instructions displayed on your screen to install the Actual Multiple Monitor software.

Features of the Actual Multiple Monitors:

Multi-Monitor Taskbar : Actual Multiple Monitors can imitate the original Windows Taskbar on the secondary display too. Now, you will be able to control the open windows with action such as minimize and switch between them irrespective of the type of monitor, whether it is primary or any of secondaries.

The taskbar has three different modes:
  • Individual(default) mode: In this mode, each taskbar displays the buttons only for windows, which are on the same monitor.
  • Mirror mode: In the mirror mode, all the taskbars display all the open windows, no matter what monitor a particular window is on. Basically, all the taskbars show the same set of buttons.
  • Mixed mode: Here, the primary taskbar displays all open windows, but all secondary taskbars contain only the relevant windows.

  • With the Multi-monitor Taskbar extension, you can easily toggle the options using the secondary taskbar's context menu.

    Multi-Monitor Wallpaper : Using the Multi-monitor Background Wallpaper feature, Windows uses its desktop settings from the Display Properties dialog onto each monitor identically. It displays the same background color and picture on all monitors without distinguishing them or considering their relative layout.

    Custom Hotkeys : There are several types of hotkeys defined for various actions. They are :
  • Title Buttons / Window Menu Hotkeys
  • Numpad Hotkey Groups
  • Hotkeys for Standard Window Operations
  • Hotkeys for Control Center Service Operations
  • Hotkeys of the Virtual Desktops Facility
  • Window Snapping Hotkeys
  • Desktop Divider Hotkeys
  • Custom Hotkeys

  • Desktop Divider : With the desktop divider feature, you will be able to divide the entire large desktop or each monitor into several non-intersecting areas called as tiles. You can place a window into one of the tiles and the window will expand up to tile's borders only. It is possible to create as many such custom tile layouts as you need. It can be activated on the fly as and when required.

    Window Location : With this feature, you can set rules and set any specified monitor, where any window will run.

    Desktop Profiles : Once the desktop profile is activated, a named group of different Windows desktop settings is applied at one go. The desktop profile consists of the following :
  • The number of displays available on your machine.
  • The relative layout of displays.
  • Per display information.

  • This can be accessed through the Desktop Profiles Manager feature, which is available whenever the Control Center is running. There are options to switch between profiles with the help of a special popup menu. You can also manage the list of profiles and their properties in the Desktop Profiles panel.

    Watch this official video to get an overview of the Actual Multiple Monitors:

    Additional Title Bar Buttons : The "Move to Monitor window" action can help you quickly place any window of your choice to a particular monitor. This can be done using a special button in the window's title bar. Some of the short cuts are, left click will do an instant move to the next monitor and right click will bring the submenu with the list of monitors. This is done through the special submenu in window's system menu or via the hotkeys.

    Multi-Monitor Screen Saver : The Multi-monitor Screen Saver feature helps in setting up screen savers for the different displays. There is an option to stretch any screen saver over the entire composite desktop or specify individual screen savers for each display.

    Multi-Monitor Mouse : The Multi-Monitor Mouse allows the mouse to be used in a multi-monitor system. Some of the functions it can help is quick switching of the mouse pointer between monitors via the hotkeys, ability to lock the mouse pointer within its current monitor, either in hard or soft manner, or wrapping the desktop.

    Desktop Mirroring : Using this feature, you can see some part of desktop in a special window. The window is called a mirror and the part of desktop displayed in a mirror is called a source.

    Window Snapping : You can arrange your windows manually using this feature. This can be done by snapping a certain edge of the dragged window to desktop or monitor boundaries, other windows, custom virtual grid with a defined cell size.

    Highlights of the Actual Multiple Monitors

    These are the additional features found on the Actual Multiple Monitors software:

  • The Start button to launch apps more quickly and easily.
  • The system tray to access the background applications on any monitor
  • The main taskbar's toolbars such as Quick Launch, Desktop, Address, etc.
  • Task Switcher to switch between apps without distracting your attention from your current activity.
  • Actual Multiple Monitors offers setting up rules for your favorite apps to choose which monitor displays the program at startup.
  • You can also create Desktop Profiles, which include display properties, such as screen resolution, refresh rate, color depth, monitor status (primary or secondary), the type of wallpaper and screen saver (shared or individual for each desktop).
  • The app emulates one of the niftiest features found in Windows 7 - Aero Snap mode.

  • Technical Specifications:

    Version: 5.1.1 what's new
    Release date: April 12, 2013
    Work on: Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / 2008 / XP / 2003 / 2000 / x86/ x64
    License type: Try-before-Buy
    Free trial: 30 days
    Setup size: 9.73 MB

    To get more information, visit the Actual Tools Website.

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