30+ Apps for Your Multiple Monitor Setup

Welcome to the land of multiple monitors. The land where you can sit on your desk and immerse yourself with your work, your gaming, and your media. A land where our inner geek comes out and takes complete control over you while salivating over the amount of real estate those screens possess – not to mention how amazingly cool it looks.

But. This land can get a bit daunting. There is a lot of space to use, as well as applications to manage and keep organized. To facilitate this process, we have put together a list of a few apps (old and new) that will help you manage windows, the menubar, and even use other devices as your external monitors.

Airplay

AirPlay Mirroring (Mountain Lion)

Lets start this roundup with something that isn’t out yet, but it should be out this month if Apple keeps their word. AirPlay Mirroring is one of Mountain Lion’s features that lets you, well, mirror your screen onto another display hooked up to an Apple TV. Now, yes, this isn’t a dual monitor, but it does provide you with more real estate. Adding more displays can be possible.

Price: $19.99 (Mountain Lion upgrade)

SecondBar

Secondbar

Our second app is a small one, but it can be rather useful as it’ll speed up your workflow. Secondbar, as the cool little picture says, allows your to have a menubar on your second screen. The app comes with a few settings that you can play around with, so give it a try.

Price: Free

Swapp

Swapp

Need to move all your windows from one monitor to the other really fast? Well, have a look at Swapp. Swapp allows you to do just that with just a few key strokes. This app works with many kinds of monitors, even when using your iOS device as your second monitor.

Price: $4.99

TV Row

TV Row

TV Row is a small app that simply lets you display Front Row on your external monitor. I personally use this little app, and it works as advertised. Even better, it is free!

Price: Free

DisplayPad

DisplayPad

DisplayPad is our first iOS-device-as-a-second-screen app in our roundup as it transforms your iPad into a second screen. There are a few requirements to follow with this app, however. Snow Leopard users are covered, while Lion users with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M are not supported as stated on the app’s website.

Price: Mac app is Free, iPad app is $2.99.

MenuEverywhere

MenuEverywhere

This app is a bit like Secondbar, but it goes beyond what Secondbar does. It does duplicate your menubar on other screens, but it can also attach a menu bar to the app window or even pop-up the menu using a shortcut. Either way, your menubar will be pretty much everywhere.

Price: $14.95

Multimon

Multimon

Although this app’s name sounds like a Digimon, and it probably is, Multimon is actually a bit like secondbard as well. It adds menubars to other monitors, and it also has a few window management features.

Price: $9.99

Power Mover

Power Mover 2

Power Mover is a handy tool that will also help you move windows from one monitor to the other with ease. This app also animates how windows move, so if you like that kind of thing, give it a try!

Price: $0.99

ScreenRecycler

ScreenRecycler

Have an old iMac or Windows PC collecting dust somewhere in the house? If you are looking for a second monitor for cheap, why not just use that one? ScreenRecycler will help you with the process. You can use many computer monitors, even Windows PCs. Now, if only my old HP’s screen wasn’t completely broken and useless…

Price: $29.00

Display Maid

Display Maid

Need to keep your displays tidy? Manage your workspaces with Display Maid. This app helps you keep windows organized across all your external monitors. This app even saves window positions.

Price: $4.99

Air Display

Air Display

(mac to mac, mac to android etc)
Air Display is the power house when it comes to using other devices as your second monitor. With this app(s) you can use your Android, PC, iPad, iPhone, or Mac for a second or third monitor. If you have any of these laying around, I reckon you should get it.

Price: Mac app is Free, iOS app is $9.99.

Synergy

Synergy

Synergy is a nice app that easily lets you share your mouse and keyboard between multiple displays and across operating systems. It is free and open source, so have a look at this one.

Price: Free

Wormhole - Mouse Warping

Wormhole – Mouse Warping

Ah, yes, this is our first mouse moving app and while it isn’t as awesome as a Stargate, it can help you get your mouse from one screen to the other real fast. So, if you are always misplacing that mouse, this app can help you.

Price: $0.99

PowerDest for Mac

PowerDest for Mac

This app, according to the website, “improves the way multiple applications are managed on a multi-monitor set-up”. It goes with the Matrox DualHead2Go Digital.

Price: Free

Multi Monitor Wallpaper

Multi Monitor Wallpaper

Want to have one awesome image as your wallpaper across all your monitors? Check out Multi Monitor Wallpaper. It does an amazing job at arranging your image to be displayed across many monitors.

Price: $1.99

iDisplay

iDisplay

iDisplay is another app that helps you use your iOS device as a second display. This one is five bucks, so if you are on the look out for a simple and low cost solution, you have this one here.

Price: Mac app is Free, iOS app is $4.99.

Stay

Stay

If you always set up the same working environment, perhaps you should check Stay. Stay helps you keep your windows wherever you want them to be at all times. It can store many different arrangements. The only complain that may bug some, is the price.

Price: $14.99

Window Mover

Window Mover

Window Mover is yet another application that lets you move windows across monitors with ease. It also helps you with resizing your windows.

Price: $2.99

EdgeCase

EdgeCase

Have you lost your mouse whilst using multiple monitors? I have. Kind of annoying, isn’t it? EdgeCase allows you to enclose your mouse in one display so you don’t misplace that mouse. Hold a hotkey and you’ll be free to move across monitors with ease.

Price: $4.99

Mirror Display

Mirror Display

Mirror Display is like one of our previews items. It simply lets you stream your current screen content to another computer. The website says that this can be done with iOS devices and PCs or Macs as well. You can connect up to 10 computers.

Price: $1.99

CatchMouse

CatchMouse

CatchMouse is a free alternative to moving your mouse from one screen to the other with a simple shortcut. When you move the mouse, it will always be in he middle of the screen, so you don’t have to worry about finding it.

Price: Free

ArraySync

ArraySync

Want to play content across multiple monitors? Check ArraySync. It will help you use your monitors to view a quicktime video from one source. This is great for trade shows, conferences, offices, or just your living room.

Price: $29.99

Mouse Warp

Mouse Warp

Mouse Warp is another “wrist saver” application that enables you to move your mouse to other screens with ease. This one relies on active applications. Check the link for all the details!

Price: $0.99

Optimal LayOut

Optimal LayOut

Optimal Layout is normally used to organize your workspace, but if you have multiple monitors hooked up to your main computer, you can use Optimal Layout and take advantage of all its power.

Price: $13.99

Window Magnet

Window Magnet

This is another app you wouldn’t think to use with multiple monitors, but it does support that function. Window Magnet enables you to stick windows in certain areas of your screen and the windows will fit in perfectly.

Price: $0.99

Flexiglass

Flexiglass

Flexiglass is another great window management app that works great with multiple displays. It even comes with some great multi-touch gestures.

Price: $9.99

Flexiglass

DoublePane

If you want window management at a lower price, Double Pane is one way to go. It works much like Windows’ snap feature does but you can also tweak it and make it work for your needs.

Price: $2.99

BetterSnapTool

BetterSnapTool

Another window management tool that works great with multiple monitors is BetterSnap Tool. This one gives you visual help when you’re trying to rearrange your workspace. It is also a buck less than the one above, so shop around and see what suits you best.

Price: $1.99

SizeUp

SizeUp

SizeUp is a quick and easy way to resize your windows with many keyboard shortcuts. It also supports a multiple monitors setup, so you are good to go with this one. If you purchase it and don’t like it, return it within 60 days and get your money back!

Price: $13.00

MenuPop

MenuPop

MenuPop allows you to access the menubar as a context menu. It is quite useful when you are working on another monitor and you need to access the menubar.

Price: $4.99

Windownaut

Windownaut

Yet another awesome app by Binary Bakery. This one allows you to move and resize your windows. This one also works well with multiple monitors, so check it out!

Price: $4.99

Share Yours!

So, there they are. These are just a few apps for your multiple monitor setup that’ll help you with a wide variety of tasks. Granted, some are a bit old while others are new and updated often, but there are many people out there who will find some of these useful.

If you have some multiple monitor apps (or hardware for that matter) that you enjoy, feel free to comment below; the comment section needs your love!


  • http://7bits.nl/ Peter van Dijk

    Given how many of these apps not *really* about multiple monitors but just about window management, I’m missing the awesome Hyperdock (http://hyperdock.bahoom.com/)

    • ozaz

      I like Hyperdock, but it does not work well in a multi-monitor setup when the dock and the menubar are on different monitors (i.e. as may be desirable when one monitor is positioned above the other). In this case, the hyperdock preview windows show up in the monitor with the menubar instead of the monitor with the dock.

  • Oh No

    Why does the author of this article think that the word “lets” is spelled with an apostrophe? The word let’s is only used when you’re making a contraction of “let us” as in the expression “let’s go there.” Otherwise it’s always spelled lets.

    • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

      Ouch … Sorry I didn’t catch that before. Just edited it again.

    • http://htrdesign.net Rodrigo Leon

      Ouch number two! That is my bad! TextEdit changes those two on me sometimes.

  • Felix

    When it come to window arrangement, I love using Moom. It is so powerful (snapping, shortcuts and a lot more) and it also lets you save different arrangements.

  • Ben Singleton

    While the spelling police are at it, I enjoyed the line in EdgeCase: “Hold a hockey and you’ll be free to move across monitors with ease.”

    • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

      Oh my: a miss bad enough that I laughed at myself for not seeing it. Fixed now…

  • http://tuts.syrinxoon.net Nathan Le Ray

    Shame on you!
    You forgot Spectacle which is awesome to resize your windows and move them across screens with a few customizable keyboard shortcuts. Plus, it’s free!

    Try it. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spectacle/id487069743?mt=12

  • http://tuts.syrinxoon.net Nathan Le Ray

    Oh, and I forgot Divvy which is really nice too but a bit expensive considered the features it offers. http://mizage.com/divvy/

  • Bobby

    Good article. I’ve tried a number of these from time to time. I use Secondbar and Better Snap Tool. I had used Synergy (synergy2) back when I would run multiple operating systems, however I don’t find much use for it now since I use virtualization.

    I did find one typo as well, “..Multimon is actually a bit like secondbard..” :)

  • Bosco

    Isolator is hides all inactive windows and icons on the desktop, it’s free and works with dual monitors http://willmore.eu/software/isolator/

  • iyyy69

    Great article as far as suggesting software to check out… I didn’t even know there were apps to address some of the annoyances I encounter on a daily basis. Definitely worth the read based on that alone.

    However, I’d really like to see the article expanded into several articles going into more depth about real-world usage, etc. Like, actual review round-ups rather than what basically amounts to a list of app names and the developer’s product descriptions.

    p.s. there are too many typing errors to even list – do you folks have *any* kind of proof-reading system in place? I guess I should lower my expectations and think of AppStorm as more of an amateur blog. It certainly *looks* very slick and professional!

  • Zach

    Divvy is an awesome window resizing tool also!

  • Wharenn

    Tried Divvy for a few months but I switched to Moom when I discover it. It is very powerful to resize windows into configurable patterns, or with a grid like Divvy. I like its use with the + button of the window instead being forced to use another shortcut.

    Talking of Synergy as tool for sharing keyboard and mouse across several operating systems and machines, a commercial alternative may be ShareMouse which is imo easier to configure and use. It also supports drag and drop of files between operating systems.

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  • http://chrisolson.net Chris

    Great list! I really was in need of a window management app, and settled on Stay to remember my saved window locations. I tried Display Maid, but unfortunately it doesn’t remember multiple Finder windows, and instead treats two as one and sandwiches them on top of each other.

    I was already using an app called Cinch to do window snapping. It’s very basic, but sometimes that’s best. Snaps to the right or left and full screen. Worthy of a cheap alternative.

    After reading in the comments, I found Moom and Divvy. Moom would replace my window snapping app (Cinch) and would also satisfy my need to have another app (Stay) remember window locations. I also like that you can specify padding between applications in the Moom preferences something that Divvy doesn’t offer. So Moom is my one app that does everything that I need it to.

    Oh and btw, I love the Multi Monitor Wallpaper. Works perfectly for my, ahem, three 30″ displays.

  • Sepp

    The only Multimontor App I’d need is the one who enables me to use the second monitor while on the first Monitor an App is in Fullscreen mode.

    That would be it!

    • MAXp0wr

      This. Apple dropped the ball with fullscreen apps and multi monitor setups.

  • Andy

    Still no screen saver that runs across both screens? I don’t want two separate screen savers running, it should be one screen saver flowing across both screens. If you know of one, let’s hear about it.

  • NickM

    Can someone advise me on the app that will allow stretching the timeline of a video/audio editing program accross multiple monitors? Thank You.

  • Toppower

    I want an app for ipad and Mac and the price free

  • Kyle Fisher

    I use bettertouchtool … probably one of the best designed apps I’ve seen for multi monitor setups / people who like to get stuff done quickly.

  • rick smead

    window magnet is a great app and well worth the $.99 not sure if the more expensive apps are better but this works as well as i could hope for

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