Nowadays a lot of people who work extensively with computers tend to use more than one monitor. According to my experience, having two monitors instead of one huge ass display can help you work smarter and increase productivity. Setting up multiple monitors on a Windows environment is almost a no brainer (provided that your video card supports it) - however there are some common gripes associated with this setup. One of the most common annoyances (for me at least) when working with two monitors is the speed which the cursor moves from the edge of one monitor to the other. For example when you try to access a UI control (i.el. scrollbar) located at the edge of the first monitor, you might suddenly find the mouse pointer had skipped the edge and moved to monitor no. 02. Thankfully, Dual Display Mouse Manager is a small piece of software that can cure this disease once and for all.

Dual display mouse manager

Dual Display Mouse Manager smoothens the cursor movement between monitors by inserting a small delay when the pointer approaches the edge of one monitor. This stops the cursor ‘skipping’ and makes it easier to work with elements closer to the edge of a display. You can customize this behavior using the app’s simple interface and tweak it for your liking – however I found the default values to work perfectly. Another feature of DDMM is the ‘mouse region jump’ – this lets you map the ctrl key to switch mouse pointer between monitors instantly.

Download

DDMM is free, portable software and does not require installation. It however does require Microsoft .NET framework to function (which comes pre installed with most modern versions of Windows).

[Click Here] to download the latest version of Dual Display Mouse Manager from official download page


5 Comments

  1. Gregory // 5/04/2010 07:32:00 PM  

    If you use multiple monitor system, I also recommend you to try Actual Multiple Monitors (http://www.actualtools.com/multiplemonitors/). It is a most powerful multiple monitor management utility that helps to gain maximum performance in multi-monitors environment.

    Actual Multiple Monitors adds taskbar to second display and the second taskbar has all features of main taskbar like Start button and tray area with notification icons.

    Actual Multiple Monitors also has new window controls specially designed for a work with multiple monitors: additional button in each window's title bar to move a window instantly to any monitor or maximize it to entire desktop.

  2. wilmark // 5/04/2010 07:59:00 PM  

    I have been using multiple monitors for more than 10 years and i am confused by your post. First, having a single large display that has the same pixels is better and more expensive than a dual monitor set up - for example 2 x 24" vs a single 30", as there is no bezel to contend with in the middle and no utility is needed. The problem with the mouse jumping the edge is something i suspect you will encounter when you just start using dual monitors. After you become more experienced you tend to use the combined display surface as a single display - with your brain automatically adjusting for the bezel. You will allow windows to cross the barrier without just using the space and position you want. The latter is advantageous from a ergonomic standpoint (facing forward). The most widely used utility is multimon.

  3. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 5/04/2010 09:02:00 PM  

    @wilmark,
    By profession I am a software engineer and having a dual monitor setup is a easy for development than having a single monitor - what I said in the article may be biased because of my experience.

    As for the skipping effect, I still find it irritating even after using two monitors for quite some time. As you said it's worse when you start off but for me there was an improvement with DDMM (although it was nothing revolutionary).

  4. Dhruv Bhutani // 5/07/2010 04:32:00 PM  

    I have found dual monitors to be extremely efficient. Programming on one and seeing output on another is most effective.

    One problem with Win7's multi monitor implementation is that when using separate resolutions, the monitor does not scale according to the size. So i get a boxed in centered wallpaper on my 24" Full HD display but a full screen one on the 720p screen

  5. javieth // 8/05/2010 08:04:00 PM  
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