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Desktop/screen management and eliminating window resizing from my life

I'm running multiple monitors (4 at the moment, will soon be 5) on a Windows 7 system, and use VirtuaWin to switch between virtual desktops. For those not familiar with VirtuaWin, each virtual desktop will use all monitors. For example, I use 3 virtual desktops, each with 4 screens (1 for email and general browsing; 1 for trading; 1 for research).

This works great, but one annoyance is constantly resizing windows on my trading virtual desktop. I'd like to split/subdivide the screens and snap charts and other windows to the subdivided portions of the screen instead of manually resizing windows. But instead of a very simple screen splitter, I'd like:

1. the ability to customize the size of the screen subdivisions, not just be limited to equal sized 1x2, 2x1 or 2x2 splits.

2. the ability to work with IB Trader Workstation (or other Java-based apps) - these windows aren't recognized by a screen splitter like MaxTo, so maximizing them fills the entire screen.

3. the ability to maximize streaming video (e.g., CNBC) into one of these screen subdivisions. Basic screen splitters, such as MaxTo, cannot do this - if you maximize the video, it fills the entire screen. So you're left with sizing the screen subdivision to fit the video at the size you want, along with the wasted window real estate of the header, scroll bar, etc. This is clearly a first world problem, so I can live with MaxTo, but if there's a better mousetrap . . . The foregoing may not be particularly clear, so I'll explain another way. Let's say I have a 2x2 split screen with CNBC streaming in a browser in one quadrant. I'd like to hit the maximize button on the video and have video fill the entire quadrant and NOT the entire screen.


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If what you want can't be done by MaxTo (I use Dexpot myself), the only solution I can think of that wont cost you much( if anything) is a virtualization solution (VMWare/VirtualBox). In fact, you would have to put them together. Inelegant, for sure, but I can't think of a cheaper way off the top of my head.

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Just started playing around with DisplayFusion (DF). Some info for anyone interested.

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1. the ability to customize the size of the screen subdivisions, not just be limited to equal sized 1x2, 2x1 or 2x2 splits.

DF can do this.


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2. the ability to work with IB Trader Workstation (or other Java-based apps) - these windows aren't recognized by a screen splitter like MaxTo, so maximizing them fills the entire screen.

DF recognizes IB TWS windows, so it can maximize them into whatever split screen pattern you want. E.g., set up a 4x4 grid and maximize chart windows into each subdivision of the grid. So this is an advantage over MaxTo.


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3. the ability to maximize streaming video (e.g., CNBC) into one of these screen subdivisions. Basic screen splitters, such as MaxTo, cannot do this - if you maximize the video, it fills the entire screen. So you're left with sizing the screen subdivision to fit the video at the size you want, along with the wasted window real estate of the header, scroll bar, etc. This is clearly a first world problem, so I can live with MaxTo, but if there's a better mousetrap . . . The foregoing may not be particularly clear, so I'll explain another way. Let's say I have a 2x2 split screen with CNBC streaming in a browser in one quadrant. I'd like to hit the maximize button on the video and have video fill the entire quadrant and NOT the entire screen.

No go here for DF. Maximizing a streaming video or youtube video fills the entire display, rather than maximizing to the subdivision the browser window is in. Likewise when selecting fullscreen mode on a video player like VLC.

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Have you tried DisplayFusion Pro?

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Have you tried DisplayFusion Pro?

Yeah, in the post before yours, I had started trying out DisplayFusion. Not everything I want, but closer to it than MaxTo.

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Can you code a little?

If so then an AutoIT script should get close enough to what you want without a great deal of trouble.

If coding is no-go and money isn't a problem then there may be programming gig websites out there with the right people.

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