Single mouse and keyboard control over multiple computers with Synergy

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October 19, 2008

synergy_control_multiple_computers Do you use multiple computers to enhance your workflow? Suppose you are a web designer. You have a sound knowledge in Web Page Designing software like Dreamweaver and also in image editing software like Photoshop. You use two computers on your table to use these applications, one on each to see the results of these instantly. But switching the keyboard and mouse every time may annoy you and suck much of your time. This is just an example. If you are facing a similar problem, then Synergy is the one for you.

Synergy is a freeware that lets you control multiple computers in your network with a single mouse and keyboard. It also supports controlling multiple computers running on different operating systems, each with its own hardware. It works fine with major operating systems like Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix, Solaris etc. You won’t need to install any additional hardware for this. Not only this, it also shares clipboard data between multiple computers. But all operating systems must support TCP/IP networking.

To use it, first you need to download Synergy and install it on all computers you want to use it on. You can also download the Synergy’s Mac version or the Unix version.

One computer is used as the main computer and the others as client computers. One must specify the number of computers and their relative positions with respect to one another. So if you have a Macbook to the right of your desktop computer and you move the mouse cursor to the edge of your desktop, the cursor will instantly jump into the Macbook’s screen. You can also arrange the screens above or below one another. You can also have a control over multiple screens attached to a single computer. Well, if you don’t want this jumping cursor game, turn on Scroll Lock key. When its off, Synergy again starts jumping screens. The keyboard runs for the computer that has the mouse cursor.

You can also share clipboard data, i.e. cut, copy and paste across screens. If you wish to move a file from one of the Synergy-connected computers to the other, just copy the file from one and paste into the other. Its as easy as copying a file within the same computer. Not just files, you can also copy texts in the same manner. It is also capable of synchronizing screen savers, thus making them start or stop together.

So grab this handy tool and control multiple computers on the fly.

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