The Windows operating system, with the proper hardware configuration, provides the ability to connect more than two displays (monitors) to a single PC. Many of today’s users have taken advantage of the multi-monitor feature to increase their desktop real estate. As a result, the user is able to perform multiple tasks and functions. For example, you could be checking your email on one screen (or desktop) and composing a letter on the second screen (or desktop). Multi-Monitor configurations also gives the user the ability to drag items from one desktop to the other.
If you do not have a multi-monitor setup, there are other software options available that allows users to toggle between multiple virtual desktops. I have tried many of these options and have found them to be quite cumbersome, memory extensive, and difficult to understand for the everyday user.
Recently, I ventured across an awesome virtual desktop utility that I had not yet experienced, called Double Desktop. Double Desktop is a software utility that will double your desktop (dual desktops) and give you that multi-monitor feeling (on one monitor). I have found this utility to be very useful. After you install Double Desktop, a red arrow (or triangle) will be displayed in the tray area (see below).
By clicking on the “red triangle” you can toggle between your 2-two desktops. You can also right mouse click on the “red triangle” and select options to setup “hotkeys” to toggle between your 2-two desktops. For example I selected the “Ctrl” key and the “Down Arrow” key to toggle between my desktops. I have been testing this utility and have been very excited about it. It is one of those utilities that probably should have been a standard Windows feature. According to the web site, DoubleDesktop will run on Windows 9X and later. For purposes of this article, I tested DoubleDesktop using Windows Vista Home Premium. You can download and read more about “Double Desktop” by clicking on any of the links below.
Excerpts from the website:
DoubleDesktop is a smart and elegant system tray utility that effectively doubles the width of your Windows desktop. It’s simpler to use than many similar programs: just mouse-click on its icon or hit a keystroke combination to switch between “left” and “right” parts of the desktop. This lets you easily rearrange all your application windows between the two desktop parts.
To move a window from the one virtual screen to another, just drag the window beyond the right or left screen boundaries. Then, switch the desktop and pull the window the rest of the way through. You can choose different wallpaper and desktop icons’ title colors for both screens.
Exiting DoubleDesktop returns your main desktop back to its normal state, with all programs intact.