DisplayFusion: Multiple Monitors Made Easy!

How Many Monitors Does DisplayFusion Support?

July 19, 2012

How many monitors does DisplayFusion support? The short answer is: As many as your video card(s) and display drivers can handle. Note that some cards have more outputs than they can physically enable at one time, which cannot be worked around using software (i.e. many cards have 3 outputs, but only 2 can be enabled at one time). As we'll detail in this post, we were recently able to re-test DisplayFusion with 11 monitors. We've also had customers report that DisplayFusion works well in their 12 monitor setups.

Which DisplayFusion features worked in the 11 monitor setup?

All of the DisplayFusion features worked great in the 11 monitor setup. Certain actions, such as applying the wallpaper settings, or reloading the taskbars take a bit longer than on a 2 or 3 monitor setup, but that's to be expected, as there's a lot more work to be done behind the scenes when handling that many monitors. See the following screenshots for what the various configuration screens look like with 11 monitors attached.


Desktop Wallpaper Configuration
Desktop Wallpaper Configuration


Custom DisplayFusion Functions
Custom DisplayFusion Functions


DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration: 1 Monitor Profile
DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration: 1 Monitor Profile


DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration: 11 Monitor Profile
DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration: 11 Monitor Profile


DisplayFusion Screen Saver Configuration
DisplayFusion Screen Saver Configuration


Interestingly enough, there are a couple of bugs in Windows when using this many monitors. The Windows Screen Resolution settings window doesn't put an ID on any monitors with an ID higher than 10. The DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration shows the monitor ID on all monitors, including ones with IDs higher than 10. Additionally, the built-in Windows Screen Savers crash (regardless of whether you configure them using Windows, or DisplayFusion) when running more than 9 monitors. To prevent the Screen Saver crashes from showing up in DisplayFusion, we've added a check that will prevent the Windows built-in Screen Savers from being selected in the DisplayFusion Screen Saver configuration on systems that have more than 9 monitors enabled.



Windows Screen Resolutions Settings
Windows Screen Resolutions Settings

Which DisplayFusion features are really helpful when running 11 monitors?

While all of the DisplayFusion features are great with 2 or more monitors, we found the following features to be especially helpful when using 11 monitors.

Monitor Configuration: The Windows Screen Resolution settings can be a bit cumbersome to use, especially when enabling and arranging many monitors. Many of the steps require you to apply the settings before performing the next step. For example, you can select each monitor to be enabled, but then you must apply the settings before re-arranging them to the correct layout.

The DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration feature not only allows you to enable and arrange the monitors before applying the settings, but it also allows you to save different monitor layouts as Monitor Profiles, so that they can be quickly applied with a few clicks in the future.

Monitor Selector and Custom Functions: When you've got 11 monitors, being able to specifically select which monitor an application should move to becomes a very handy tool. Using DisplayFusion's Functions, you can achieve this in a couple of ways.

Using the Move Window to Different Monitor Function, which shows a monitor selector, you can choose which monitor the application should move to when running the Function.



Move Window to Different Monitor Function
Move Window to Different Monitor Function


Alternatively, you can create custom Functions that automatically move the application to a specific monitor when the Function is run, and skip the step of having to choose a monitor each time you want to move the application.

Mirror Monitor/Window Function: When running a system with many monitors, it's entirely possible that you may have monitors located in different physical areas, outside of your viewing range. There are two DisplayFusion Functions that can help in this situation.

The Mirror Monitor Function will mirror the output of the selected monitor into a separate window that can be resized and moved to any other monitor. The Mirror Window Function will do the same, but it will use the output from the selected application.



Mirror Monitor Function
Mirror Monitor Function

Feedback

If you've got a setup with 6+ monitors, feel free to leave some feedback in the comments to let us know how DisplayFusion works for you, and which features you find the most useful when running 6+ monitors! As always, if you need any technical support, or have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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Dave says:
I'm planning to build a personal art project using multiple monitors. I'm not sure if I'll do this in Windows 7 or 8. Not having infinite wall space in my house, I want to make a photo gallery using multiple 24" monitors, that can either cycle through groups of pictures or have certain collection fixed for a while. Screen savers are random things, while I want curated list. Each photo is assigned a monitor, and all monitors change together to the next collection of pictures. Can I do this with your existing software, is this a forthcoming feature and/or do I need to program this myself? Ideally, I'd love to have this controlled by a tablet that normally sits on the wall, giving information about each picture the way a museum display would, but it could be used in wifi mode to allow somone on a couch to browse through collections of images. Note I don't want that interface to allow somone to create collections, that's to be done elsewhere and when.
Oct 9, 2012
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Jon Tackabury says:
@Dave: That sounds like a very interesting project! With DisplayFusion, you can have each monitor display different images from a folder of images. Each monitor can use the same folder, or a different one, and they can be synced to change at the same time or different intervals. The only part it can't do is the remote tablet control. If you had your computer and the primary monitor in a different room, you could manage DisplayFusion from there without anyone seeing what you're doing. If you'd like more in-depth assistance, drop us a line at support@displayfusion.com.
Oct 9, 2012
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abu groza says:
i read the capability that it can run to 11 monitor, so my question is can it run for 20 or 30 monitor in merged display, thanks and if it different version, how much does it cost

please send me, an email

thanks,
Mar 7, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@Abu: DisplayFusion can't force the monitors to run as one combined large display, that would need to be supported by the video card hardware. Regarding the features and pricing, you can find the full list at the link below, and the pricing is at the bottom of the page

http://www.displayfusion.com/Compare/
Mar 7, 2013
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Sujin Sukumar says:
I would like to know, if i can display different application on different screens. I have a laptop and 3 monitors. I want to work on the laptop and see different live application on each screens.
Apr 1, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@Sujin: You should be able to do this. Feel free to give it a try, and if you run into any trouble, please contact us with more details: http://www.displayfusion.com/Support/
Apr 1, 2013
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Gary Siegle says:
I have an AMD Radeon HD 6870 video card, with 2 digital ports, 1 HDMI port, and 2 mini-ports.

For now, exclude both mini-ports, which supports 3 monitors per port (supposedly if using a monitor hub).

Hence, I would like to utilize the remaining ports for three monitors instead of the 2-monitor default limitation.

As indicated, therefore, by comments in your first paragraph, your program should be able to circumvent the 2-monitor limitation, thus allowing me to display said monitors concomitant of my video card.

Please advise accordingly... Kind regards...
Apr 4, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@Gary: Unfortunately that's a hardware limitation that cannot be worked around using software. I've updated the first paragraph to clarify that a bit better.

Thanks!
Apr 4, 2013
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James Dillard says:
I'd like more info on the use of a tablet, and the possibility of extending DF onto my laptop screen.
Apr 13, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@James: We'd be happy to provide more info. Could you email us with some more details on what you're looking to achieve?

Thanks!
Apr 15, 2013
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J Powl says:
I dont understand how to add multiple (more than 2) monitors. Should I buy multiple video cards or one where I can split the USB feed with a hub? Or is there a better way. Also, ar there video cards/companies you can recommend to make I can get passed any hardware issues? thanks
Jun 18, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@J Powl: You can add additional video cards if your motherboard and power supply can support them. Alternatively, there are some cards that have 4 outputs (like the ATI FirePro cards), or you can certainly do USB video adapters (http://www.displaylink.com/shop/adapters), though they aren't good for gaming.
Jun 18, 2013
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Ricardo says:
I have 7 monitors in various sets/pairs, and sizes.

These are setup as an MS Extended (contiguous) desktop even though most of the monitors aren't next to each other.

I would buy DisplayFusion in a heartbeat if I could have 2 large monitors use the same desktop image.

Another 2 pair share a different desktop image.

I'd like to have the other 3 small monitors each use a different desktop image suitable to their size.
Jun 30, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@Ricardo: We're planning to add that functionality in a future version, so just keep an eye on the change logs as we'll definitely mention it when we add it
Jul 2, 2013
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Robert Wallfred says:
Support:
1. What versions of Windows can ths Software run on ??

2. Is it just for Windows 8 ??

3. Is there a MAC version ??

Thanks and I'll await the answer
while I wait for my 2 new monitors to arrive.

I am still using Vista
Jul 17, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@Robert:

DisplayFusion runs on Windows XP and higher. There are some Windows 8 specific tweaks, but all of the other features are available on the other versions of Windows.

There's no Mac version at the moment. We don't have one planned, but who knows what the future will hold
Jul 17, 2013
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Biju George says:
Hi, I was asked to redesign the news room of a TV channel. Can I use your system to combine screens to give the feel of a large monitor in the news room. I like to create a feel of media room using 4 monitors, playing the same image to give the feel of a large screen. One large Image.
Jul 18, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@Biju: DisplayFusion can't combine the displays into one large display. This is usually built-in to higher end models of newer video cards. Nvidia calls the technology "Nvidia Surround" and AMD calls theirs "Eyefinity."

Hope that helps!
Jul 18, 2013
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Blaine says:
does this work without having windows 7? because i'm trying to do a project for my class and we need something like this. if someone can get back to me very fast, that would be great. thanks

-Blaine
Oct 15, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@Blaine: DisplayFusion works on Windows XP and up. Note that your video card needs to support the number of monitors you're planning to use.
Oct 15, 2013
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shlomo says:
can i split 1 display (led tv 42") for 4 software from my laptop with a VGA for PC connector?
Oct 17, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@shlomo: It's not possible to split full screen applications, but if they're just normal application windows, you should be able to do this by setting the Horizontal/Vertical split values to 2 in the DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration window.
Oct 17, 2013
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shlomo says:
just to set value in the DisplayFusion... so that way i will get 4 app (like word or powerpoint) runng good(in 42" LED TV)?
Oct 18, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@shlomo: Word yes, PowerPoint no, as PowerPoint only allows one instance to be run at a time.
Oct 18, 2013
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Blaine says:
thanks for the help guys, does this work with the free version, or what version would work better for trying to split the pictures into 4-6 monitors, any feed back would be great!

-Blaine
Oct 25, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@Blaine: The wallpaper stuff works in the free version with as many monitors as you like
Oct 25, 2013
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Marco Vila says:
Hello, I have two monitors with different resolutions and dont want to use one resolution for both. Does Display Fusion have that capability?
Nov 13, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@Marco: You should be able to do this even without DisplayFusion if the monitors are in extended mode. If they are cloned, the resolution needs to be the same.
Nov 13, 2013
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Chris says:
Hi - when using the software to manage 5 screens to display individual photos for customers - is it possible to display the file-name as well without the need to edit each photo with text?
Nov 26, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@Chris: It sure is! On the Info tab in the Wallpaper configuration, just enable the "Show info on this monitor" checkbox, then choose Wallpaper File Path and File Name from the "Add Info Tag" button.
Nov 26, 2013
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Richard says:
I assume, depending on video hadrware, that it's possible to drive 6 different screens, each independently displaying a different video/graphic/image
Nov 27, 2013
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Keith Lammers says:
@Richard: You're correct!
Nov 27, 2013
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Jeff says:
Help with hardware please. So far my research leaves me with expensive hardware choices. I just want to run 3 monitors as one extended desktop in windows 7 without buying a high price, high power, high fan noise, high heat output gaming video card that requires a power supply upgrade too. Is their a solution
Jan 12, 2014
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Keith Lammers says:
@Jeff: If you're not gaming, the AMD Firepro 2460is a decent card. It's a bit pricey, but it's fanless, low power, and it comes with four mini-DisplayPort to DVI adapters. Hope that helps give you a good starting reference on what to look for
Jan 13, 2014
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Mark says:
I need to run 4 monitors off of a MACPRO tower 2012 build. It has 5770 Radeon cards x2. I need three monitors mirrored. The existing evyfinity and the windows 7 software are cumbersome and hard to get to hold the preset. I have 2 70" Sharps and 21.5" HP monitor that Have to be duplicates and the other 21.5" will act as 1. Powerpoint seems to demand that number one be the presentators view. it keeps defaulting to the other 3 as 1. I can set a preset, but it is not easy to get to and the various users of the room have very different abilities. Oh, by the way. It only gets used in windows 7 and the Shaprs are connected through ACCEL active HDMI adapters from the minidisplay ports. Confused yet? I am...
Jan 13, 2014
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Chuckie says:
Please how many Monitors can the free version of DisplayFusion handle at a time
172 days, 15 hours, 30 mins ago
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Keith Lammers says:
No limit, the features available in the Free version work with as many monitors as you can enable
172 days, 1 hour, 57 mins ago
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Mary says:
Hi,
Could a vga splitter box be used to have multiple monitors?
167 days, 3 hours, 1 min ago
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Keith Lammers says:
@Mary: Unfortunately not. A VGA splitter will only clone the same signal out to two monitors. If you need to add a second monitor without changing the video card, you can use a USB display adapter. Here are some examples: http://www.displaylink.com/shop/adapters
166 days, 15 hours, 6 mins ago
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Kevin says:
Hello, already a happy customer of DisplayFusion. Using it with my laptop and 1 external monitor. Recently, saw a youtube video demo on the Plugable USB 3.0 display adapters. In the video he had 7 monitors running off 1 usb 3.0 port. I only need 3 but want to know if DisplayFusion will recognize and support the Plugable hardware. Thank you for your response in advance,
93 days, 8 hours, 45 mins ago
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Keith Lammers says:
@Kevin: Yep! All of the DisplayFusion features work great with USB display adapters. I use one at my office without any issues at all
93 days, 4 hours, 33 mins ago

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