Ask The Readers: Must Have Applications For Making The Most Of Big Monitors?

Ask The Readers: Must Have Applications For Making The Most Of Big Monitors?

Whether you’re sporting multiple monitors, big monitors, or both, having a lot of screen real estate is a wonderful problem to have. What applications do you use to make the most of your big screen(s)?

Having a large or wide screen monitor is great but in many instances the space isn’t used effectively by default. A full screen web browser at 1600px across, for instance, will give you a lot of empty space because web pages aren’t designed for wide screen browsing. I just upgraded from 4:3 monitors to 16:9 monitors—see photo above—and I’m having to find new ways to use that extra space.

We want to hear about the applications you use to take advantage of having a large screen and how they help you. Do use applications for remembering window positions, rapidly resizing, maintaining virtual desktops for work and play, or other neat tricks? Let’s hear about it in the comments.


  • Now runnig 4 x 1680 x 1050 (3 x 20″ dells mounted on an Ergotron stand plus laptop screen). I use Ultramon with the smart taskbar feature, and some remapping of the mouse search button to make an app jump screens.

    Love to hear other thoughts on apps. How about something like the native Windows 7 resize to half screeen – that works on the edges of the screens not just the edges of the desktop.

  • I tend to open youtube videos in a browser window on my LEFT (so i can overlay windows ontop of it and only have the actual video space itself viewable).
    And things i need to read (such as lifehacker) on the RIGHT.

    I will read until a video has cached enough, then switch over.

  • GridMove (Lifehacker has addressed this tiny, indispensable application before) is a must-have for quickly and accurately resizing windows. For simple things, Windows 7’s new feature might be sufficient; for greater complexity or control, GridMove is the way to go.

  • working on up to 3 to 6 screens (depends on the day), which are between 3-5 computers, use Synergy to control them all with one keyboard and one mouse.
    roll the most off the screen, and onto the monitor of another pc, and that’s where the controls go. Will even cross from vista/xp/linux/mac, just point at the pc you want to control. (haven’t used on mac myself).

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