4
Dec

Ultrawide Monitor Tips 2.0! Improved Windows Management with DisplayFusion


For anyone getting an ultrawide monitor for
the first time, I highly recommend also installing a windows management tool to get the most
out of the large display. While the built in Windows Snap feature is
great for splitting your display in half. More complex arrangements will need a third
party application. I use DisplayFusion and made some new tweaks
to my configuration from my previous video that makes it even more user friendly and
simple to use than before. Hi I’m David and this is my updated workflow
to using my Ultrawide monitor for multitasking and productivity. So this is my typical workflow when I’m
on the computer. General web browsing with only a single window
in the middle, Start working on a word document with some additional reference material on
the sides, switch to premiere pro to start video editing with a script, maximize premiere
pro to only focus on video editing. And I can still manually arrange, resize and
snap to divide the screen like normal. If you’ve seen my previous DisplayFusion
setup, the main difference now is that I no longer need to memorize keyboard shortcuts,
instead I have easy to click buttons that work alongside the default windows minimize
and maximum controls. And blending different arrangements with overlapping
windows, and manually tweaking window sizes is much simpler now with this new setup. Setting it up the first time can be a little
confusing but I kept my configuration simple by creating just six new custom functions. In each one I’m just telling it to move
the windows to specific location, and how wide and tall the new window should be. So for my Normal Centered mode I want the
window in the middle and to be just 1920 wide and take up the full height. You can also assign keyboard shortcuts to
activate the functions but I’m fine just using the titlebar feature. And if you want to see the configuration for
the rest of my function you can follow the link in the description below. While I’m pretty much 99% happy with this
new setup and highly recommend it. It does have some minor issues if your applications
are too small to fit the buttons, also depending on the application it may overlap other objects
in the title bar, and sometimes it will take a second for them to appear if you’re coming
out a full screen youtube video. And I think if you want to build much more
complex windows arrangements, I’d probably stick to using the windows split feature I
used before, or some other application. But for the vast majority of people, I think
this application and the configuration I’m using is the cleanest and simplest way to
take advantage of a nice ultrawide monitor. And yes DisplayFusion isn’t cheap, but be
sure to try the free trial version first to make sure it does what you need it to, and
I waited until a steam sale to pick it up for cheaper. But hope you guys enjoyed this one. You know what to do. And I’ll see you in the next video.

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100 Comments

  • evilmarc says:

    Do you know about TranslucentTB? It’s on github. You can use it to totally to tweak your taskbar to adapt colour, have dynamic blur or even be totally transparent (like the chrome books, my personal preference). It’s lightweight and lives in the notification menu. I think it makes most setups much cleaner.

  • Winter Mute says:

    you know it's windows os, when app controls overlap with window's title.
    For mac users – try magnet for 1$

  • Samet Kale says:

    Just felling calm when I watch your videos.

  • Imbe Tahimoto says:

    why just do not use 'tiled windows manager"? it solves all the issues.

  • Andres Monroy says:

    Hi man! Love ur videos. This video helped me a lot and your configuration settings helped me to go through DisplayFusion configuration (could be pretty confusing) thx a lot keep it up with the good work

  • iosusan says:

    Thanks for the video! It will be useful to me for sure😄

  • ALIEN_robot says:

    I use dell monitor manager for U3417w, its really handy

  • GEO000 says:

    What do I do?! You said I know what to do, but i don`t?!

  • johnnymohani says:

    Do you have a video on laptop with docking station vs desktop??

  • Henrique Coelho says:

    What keyboard is this? Do you have input lag or any hiccup?

  • Mitch Stewart says:

    Love your videos David! You're probably one of my favorite Youtubers right now.

  • William says:

    Ultrawide monitor should just have it built in

  • Antoine Quach-An Nguyen says:

    Hey what's the keyboard?

  • [SHIRO-NEKO]TM says:

    I love your video footage. it's avail on 4K and widescreen 21:9 suits my ultrawide CF791 as well. and I like your DPF settings and copied. Good work again.

  • Rea Pered says:

    I'm so grateful for this video you have no idea. Thank you. I just started using this and it increased my efficiency by A LOT. David, you are the best.

  • Josh Petersen says:

    Great video! I love Display Fusion but I forgot you could setup those menu bar buttons. This will work much better, thanks for the video and the reminder!

  • BANA NA says:

    I personally use everything in fullscreen on my ultrawide monitor

  • weareavacado says:

    I love your videos

  • Muhammad Ahmed says:

    Keep rocking those cinema bars!

  • Milo says:

    Hey, what wallpaper do you use? 😀

  • Rodrigo Chin says:

    Thank you! I recently got an Ultrawide and always wondered how you were able to arrange your windows like that. Can you post the link of the windows management tool you mentioned ?

  • Tomas Hernandez says:

    where did you get the background?

  • pwnageperson32 says:

    Keyboard shortcuts are the worst!! Not more efficient at all

  • Максим says:

    I love how this video is 21:9 because it's meant for people with ultrawide monitors. Great detail

  • Chaphasilor says:

    Nice video and useful tips, but please conceal your monitor cables somehow! Even if it's just some cable sleeve, it will look so much cleaner, and I believe a clean setup is always your goal, right?

  • applehugger says:

    This video looked amazing on my 21:9 monitor. I wish more videos on YouTube were produced in this format.

  • emailausdrucker says:

    Thank you for bringing light into the "how to handle my new wide screen" darkness!

  • Jeffrey McCarthy says:

    Wish this was for Mac

  • MXLVL says:

    Love the video!

    For those asking, wallpaper is here: https://imgur.com/5Sw5ZtG

  • Grain Of Rice says:

    I love your videos, it was one of the inspirations of when I first moved and redesigned my workspace. Now it feels like editing vlogs for our channel is so much more productive and my space is so much "healthier" since the decluttering and simple design.

  • Kev Foulds says:

    Does your setup work with youtube videos. They always seem to go full screen when I try them and that is not what I want. Others seem to have the same issue.

  • Mauro Itiki says:

    Hey David, how do you invert the first key function in your logitech keyboard? I think the default configuration is not that useful for a Windows user

  • Robert Gruszka says:

    Can ask which monitor mount you using?

  • 许颖 says:

    Nice video as always,happy Chinese New Year !

  • Bitmongol says:

    It's €31.99 on steam and €23.63 on www.displayfusion.com...

  • Ahmed Shaikh says:

    I just bought the LG 34UB67-B so excited!!

  • Sid says:

    Had a 34inch monitor arrive today but had to send it back, it was just enormous and for me unusable
    I’m gonna see about getting a 29inch, hopefully that’ll work for me

  • veKtorGraphixDesign says:

    Looks like You just found a new sub.

  • Ken C says:

    Thanks for processing this video in 21:9

  • La Bonne Musique La says:

    What program do you use to edit and put the title for your videos? Please David.

  • Felix Felicis says:

    Do you Plan to review the Trigger 350 from Vertagear?

  • Baguette says:

    Can you play a game in "fullscreen" and have a side of your screen free for other stuff ?

  • jizhelqs says:

    you know..its happy to see this channel grew up..really?110k subs now..haha it was 5k when i subed keep it up bud

  • omfgitsshan says:

    You only need 3rd party software for screen management on the Dell. The LG ultrawide models have a lot of built in screen splitting options (which is one reason I am considering an LG over the Dell). Hey David – when are you going to do an LG 38'' vs Dell 38'' ultra wide comparison?!

  • Grail 05 says:

    got a link on that monitor arm?

  • nec solida neque expressa says:

    Awesome videos!!!
    you can buy BENQ monitor and use their Display Pilot for windows. I think it can work with other monitors as well. It can make partitions on your monitor. Its for free and it covers some features like display fusion http://www.portrait.com/dtune/ben/enu/upgrade_instructions.html http://www.benq.eu/support/downloads/
    or samsung has https://displaysolutions.samsung.com/solutions/monitor-solution/easy-setting-box

  • Greg Ottira says:

    David, great stuff. After watching your videos on ultrawides it convinced me to pick on up. Coming from a 3-24" setup to a single 34" ultrawide it's a big difference and windows management utility is a must. Playing with DisplayFusion is quite confusing, would love to see a video on how you have yours set up.

  • Genes says:

    Is it possible to watch youtube videos fullscreen without it filling the entire screen but only the dedicated part of the screen?

  • HOWYOUDOIN884 says:

    your voice is a little better in this video… it sounds like some complex problem that makes you not like to press your lips and tongue tightly while speaking, as if afraid of breaking it, like a delicate glass wine chablet. A word like "buttons" is pronounce "butt ins" (pardon the pun) instead of "bod ins". Keep going.

  • Andrew Palozzo says:

    haha only discovered your channel now… I've been on the ultrawide bandwagon for a few years and went through the same process you have.. struggled with windows management until i discovered displayfusion… then last year I actually picked up a small 22" side monitor and kinda forgot about display fusion. But this video has inspired me again. I really like this suggestion, as I love having twitter in a column and hate having to use windows snap feature as it takes too long.

  • Nichita Sarapov says:

    Is it possible to play a game and have a video or the twitch chat on the side?

  • Muztagata says:

    very helpful

  • Stephen Nguyen says:

    Wow dude thanks!!!

  • Zorc says:

    "$30 isn't cheap" It ashamed people don't value the software they use everyday.

  • Sean Smith says:

    I have a LG 34" ultra wide and an LG 27" UHD monitor. While the LG window management software sort of worked, I was never happy with it. Installed DisplayFusion and 3 days later bought a license. It's amazing once you get all your window locations mapped.

  • Michael Stinton says:

    I've had an ultrawide for a couple of years now, can't believe I've operated this long without such a comprehensive window manager! Thank you.

  • Roni Obem says:

    oh man u r from far one of the best in what u do, im so glad!
    can u help me, have some dificults to set because my display is 2560 x1080
    Congratz from Brazil!

  • Gilles says:

    You can get it now for $13.74 (about €11.78) LIMITED TIME with some other apps

    https://www.humblebundle.com/software/upyourgame-software?hmb_source=navbar&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=tile_index_2

  • jerry kurata says:

    Do you have any ideas if screen recording programs, like Camtasia, can record only the content of only one of the "virtual" windows? Right now I have a 2K monitors for control, and a second physical 1080 monitor for the screen I want to record. It would be much cleaner to have a single ultrawide monitor, I can record only a virtual window.

  • Ak cel says:

    Thanks for this video 🙂
    I have a little question : Can the Windows magnifier be used (in full screen mode) comfortably with DisplayFusion?

  • MelvinDlaCruz says:

    I need your opinion on this viewsonic vp3881 38

  • Hyper Spikes says:

    David is there any free alternatives

  • Kushan Vora says:

    Please please partner up with DisplayFusion and get us some discount?

  • daimyo2 says:

    Thanks! Thats just about what I was looking for.

  • Daenon Janis says:

    Question, for games that only support 16:9 and refuse to use black bars and instead stretch the display to unholy proportions, can display fusion have the game run in borderless window or fullscreen mode and only take up the 16:9 pixels, leaving the sides for other uses?

  • ultralooter says:

    "Need to memorize shortcuts" Really? Is everyone getting dement nowadays?

  • I AM WIX says:

    Loved the video! currently setting it up for my 38" LG Ultra Wide! … Where did you get your title bar icons?? Seems like those are not the default in DisplayFusion.

  • Cowboy Bumbiss says:

    how does one make it so that dragging a maximized window to another monitor does NOT auto snap to maximized? in other words, how to retain the normal functionality of Windows 10 in this regard

  • Easechris says:

    Can you comfortably read four web pages instead of the usual three you have up

  • Bill Sin says:

    can you make a how to setup tutorial please ?? i have some trouble

  • Smoogle s. says:

    damn i want to see this used for gaming and twitch streaming

  • Dan says:

    I just now set this up and I'm loving it! Thanks, David!

  • Cole von Werder says:

    God I love your videos. This video is exactly what I need. I've been binging your videos all day. Love your content.

  • Jordan Warne says:

    Aquasnap is free

  • You-Tube Junkie says:

    Will it work with gaming ?

  • Guitaripod says:

    For Mac users, download Bettersnaptool. You're welcome.

  • Mortys says:

    AWESOME ! Thanks

  • Andrethetiny says:

    Good god all of your videos are gold.

  • Alin-Teodor Catană says:

    The ending of the vdeo made my day ("you know what to do…"). Thanks!

  • Keith Lawrence says:

    Don't suppose you could just export your DisplayFusion configuration and post it somewhere could you? 🙂

  • djxearo says:

    sup mate, im starting to get this right with my own settings, based on your imgur-link. Thanks. But do you know if there is a way to 1. make all windows open the at same location, as the same size, regardless of where you left the last window before you closed it. 2. set a ruel to never open windows on top of eachother, when it is possible?

  • Marcos Britto says:

    Hey Bro, can you share your wallpaper, please?

  • John Prindesis says:

    Thanks heaps for this video man, now i can appreciate the use of my ultra wide monitor with ease! <3

  • Avin Lambrero says:

    Good app and good tutorial. Thanks a lot! Very helpful video

  • Mappi75 says:

    Is UltraView Desktop Manager the same(!) software like displayfusion?

  • Bloodling says:

    $10.84 on steam summer sale.

  • Simo says:

    the way this video rendered in ultra-wide form is so satisfying, watching from my 34 in ultra

  • Xplor says:

    Great video. I bought an Alienware UW monitor and was shocked that it didn't have any kind of window management software. This fixed the issue.

  • Emmery Utm says:

    What stand are you using?

  • Joe Do says:

    DisplayFusion is HOT garbage people. I know some power users may accept the compromises, but in 2019 most users just want hassle free intuitive snapping and bug free performance. With DesktopFusion you will be hunting for some crappy icon in the window bar as you won't get the snapping menu for all applications as it doesn't work with most for some reason, windows won't size to what you want or will resize and won't fill up a partition etc. Just not worth it. Unrefined, buggy, messy, cumbersome, over-optioned thing.

    If you are looking for something that is as refined and intuitive as default Windows Aero snapping but for many layouts, this is NOT it. You will lose several hours before you realise that is part of the problem.

  • Hung Duong says:

    can i use displayfusion for both gaming and work at the same time ?

  • Flora says:

    thanks great tips, its good because I use display fusion too and just got a 21:9 ultrawide monitor, trying out your config now for Bim.

  • DramaLama says:

    1:19 Youtube Fullscreen possible ?

  • Raf Cole says:

    Thanks for this great video! I'm trying out my first Ultrawide screen monitor from LG and the "inhouse" screen split software is not that great. Prefixed splits and no shortcut buttons/key combinations possible it seem. This Displayfusion does a lot more. I've changed one of your functions to a 50/50 split which is more useful to me.
    Thx again!

  • Rick Groeneweg says:

    What's that Dell XPS holder? It looks awesome. @ 2:48

  • Jacob Carstens says:

    Free alternative: windock, looks much better actually. Works just like Aero-Snap but allows you to divide the screen in 2, 3, 4 sections and placing windows just by dragging to the edge. So simple, default setup uses top edge to maximize, snap left, right and bottom edge to snap left third, middle and right third. Definately what I'm going to use for my ultrawide setup

  • SaGaR V says:

    Any 3.0 Tips ?

  • Jikla R says:

    cant play a youtube video on one split screen it just goes full screen

  • whoslacks says:

    just stumbled across your videos today. After watching a couple I subscribed. Very good content!

  • Nick Wood says:

    I'm planning to move to super ultrawide (49") but most of my work takes place through a remote desktop (rdp) session to a remote machine. I'm curious whether DisplayFusion works in this kind of situation (assuming it's installed on the remote machine that I am rdp'ing to).

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