- In order to make the most of multiple VDUs attached to a single desktop, you can add dual-monitor software to Windows, if you want more control over your setup.
- On our list, we've included several monitor programs that fully extend the taskbar to the additional VDUs, provide new customization options and add extra title bar buttons to software windows.
- If you're looking to replace your current display monitor, you can check our dedicated Monitors section.
- Find out more about setting up the perfect multi-monitor rig right here.
Having two monitors is a great way to expand the Windows desktop. A dual-monitor setup enables you to drag the cursor and software windows across two monitors.
A dual-monitor setup is almost like having two VDUs (Visual Display Units) attached to each other for an expanded display.
However, Windows 10 doesn’t provide a huge amount of configuration settings for multiple monitor setups; and Windows 7 doesn’t even include a taskbar on the secondary VDU.
To make the most of multiple VDUs attached to a single desktop, you can add dual-monitor software to Windows.
There are numerous third-party dual-monitor programs that more fully extend the taskbar to the additional VDUs, provide new customization options and add extra title bar buttons to software windows.
These are a few of the best dual monitor programs for Windows.
Dual monitor tools for Windows PCs
DisplayFusion Pro is a highly rated software that has a plethora of options and tools for multi-monitor setups. The software has a freeware and pro version that’s retailing at $29 for one user.
The big difference between the versions is that the freeware DisplayFusion doesn’t include multi-monitor taskbars or screensavers, Windows lock screen customization settings and the Alt + Tab Handler.
DisplayFusion Pro includes more extensive customization options for dual-monitor setups than most alternative software.
It enables you to add separate wallpapers to VDUs, expand a desktop wallpaper across two monitors, customize the lock screen, span screensavers across all your monitors, save desktop icon layouts and even set up scripted macros.
Of course, the Pro version provides a multi-monitor taskbar that retains the Start and Show Desktop buttons and window thumbnail previews on the second VDU.
On top of all that, DisplayFusion Pro has a handy Alt + Tab Handler, additional Windows 10 customization settings and remote control apps for Android and iOS devices.
UltraMon provides an extensive suite of tools for dual-monitor setups and is compatible with both 32 and 64-bit Windows platforms from XP to 10.
The software is retailing at $39.95, and it doesn’t have any alternative freeware version.
However, you can still try out a full 30-day trial of UltraMon by clicking UltraMon_3.4.0_en_x32.msi on this website page.
UltraMon provides a taskbar extension that extends the taskbar to the second monitor. You can configure each taskbar to include only programs open within its VDU or all open software in every monitor.
The software enables its users to select alternative wallpapers and screensavers for each VDU.
Furthermore, UltraMon adds a handy Maximize desktop button to window titlebars so that you can expand the windows across both monitors; and you can clone displays on both VDUs with its mirroring tool.
3. MultiMon TaskBar Pro 3.5
MultiMon is a lightweight alternative to DisplayFusion that supports triple monitor setups. You can add either MultiMon TaskBar 2.1 or TaskBar Pro 3.5 (retailing at $35) to 32 or 64-bit Windows platforms.
The freeware Taskbar 2.1 adds a second and third taskbar to the additional VDUs, but it lacks the system themes in the pro version.
Click MMTaskbar21.exe on this web page to save TaskBar 2.1’s installer to Windows.
Taskbar 2.1 doesn’t give you much more than the extra VDU taskbars.
However, both versions do include a handy Clipboard Extender tool that saves all text copied to the clipboard so that you can select multiple items from the combo box on the secondary taskbar.
TaskBar Pro 3.5 users can also expand windows across two VDUs, move windows to another monitor with arrow buttons and select alternative taskbar themes.
Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you’re interested in buying a new monitor, check out our wide collection of guides.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2017 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.