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When you sit in front of your computer, you definitely like to make the most use of your system. For this you use multiple displays. Using multiple displays enhances your productivity tremendously. You can open the web browser, chat and email on the secondary display and use the primary one for editing your documents. This dual display system makes your work done within few minutes.

Like Windows 7, besides supporting multiple displays Windows 8 raises this to a new level. You only need to plug in one second display and then take a plunge into the diverse apps of Windows 8. Take a look at the Windows 8’s aspects which give support for multiple displays.

Customizing the Taskbar  

With Windows 8, you now have separate taskbars on different monitors. The default taskbar replicates pinned icons on every display of the taskbar. There are two other alternatives which can be accessed by right click on taskbar and select Properties. If Windows 7 process suits you, you can set the taskbar to ensure that it is displayed only on primary monitor.

Images and Slideshow

With this tool, you get the wonderful opportunity to show separate background images for separate displays. Select multiple images and the slideshow will illustrate individual images on individual display. Windows 8 is improved in the sense it shows what aspect resolution and ratio to be displayed when multiple aspect ratios are used.

Inside Edge Detection

Windows 7 offers limited service in support to edge detection on one display mode. In case of multi-monitor display, to edge detection the whole display surface is treated as single monitor. This edge detection is a little innovated with Windows 8. This operating system supports this edge detection at edges of every display.

Note one thing that the shared corners or what is known as the inside edge detection zones are just 6 pixels in width. For edge detection, you have to be in that small zone.

Keyboard Shortcuts

With Windows 8 operating system, you get one pair of novel keyboard shortcuts for managing Windows 8-based applications on multiple displays. Not only this, it also supports the shortcuts used in Windows 7 OS for the purpose of multiple displays.


Microsoft is still in search for the way of mixing desktop apps with Windows 8 style applications. As a result, you might experience some inconsistencies with regard to multi-monitor behavior while you use traditional desktop apps and Windows 8 apps. Despite the inconsistencies, running multi-display support and desktop apps together is much more flexible and robust in comparison to Windows 7. You can experience a much easier life with improved taskbar of Windows 8.

You will surely be impressed by these new tricks of Windows multi-monitor display.

Author’s Bio: Olivia Kane, a call to know the tips and tricks of Windows 8. She is an eminent windows firewall support engineer known for her enriched knowledge.


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