DisplaySwitcher : Quickly Switch Between Different Monitors

Many people have a multi-monitor configuration for their Windows computers. Using a dual monitor or multi-monitor configuration helps when you are working with many applications. It also helps when you are multi-tasking or keeping an eye on a continuously changing set of data. For example, the traders in the stock markets usually keep 3 or more monitors attached to their Windows PC in order to monitor the charts of various stocks.

Which monitor is going to display which of the open windows depends entirely on the user. We can switch the monitors using the Windows settings. For this we have to first open the Windows settings app and then find the relevant settings under the “Display” section. But what if you wan to quickly switch the monitor configuration? In that case you can use an open-source tool called DisplaySwitcher.


After we launch DisplaySwitcher, it shows a small window with all the configurations possible with your system. We can choose to display the computer output on the PC screen only, we can choose to duplicate the screen,  extend the screen, or display the output only on the second screen.  These are the same options available from the Windows settings but this way we can switch screens much quicker.

Another way to use the DisplaySwitcher application is through the notification area icon. We can right-click on the notification area icon and choose one of the display configurations. There are the same four configurations as before – PC display, Duplicate display, Extend display, and Second display only.


Even though all laptops these days come with dedicated a function key for switching the monitor configuration in the case of dual screen setup, these function keys are not usually available on desktop computers. For the people working on the desktop computers this tool can be very useful and productive.

You can download DisplaySwitcher from https://github.com/lxvdev/displayswitcher.