Synergy – Interesting Piece of Software

I have not been posting much. Been very busy with my work. Trying to finish up stuff before the end of the month. Anyway, I found this software to be very interesting. Would love to give this a spin.

From the site itself –


With synergy, all the computers on your desktop form a single virtual screen. You use the mouse and keyboard of only one of the computers while you use all of the monitors on all of the computers. You tell synergy how many screens you have and their positions relative to one another. Synergy then detects when the mouse moves off the edge of a screen and jumps it instantly to the neighboring screen. The keyboard works normally on each screen; input goes to whichever screen has the cursor.

You can arrange screens side-by-side, above and below one another, or any combination. You can even have a screen jump to the opposite edge of itself. Synergy also understands multiple screens attached to the same computer.

Running a game and don’t want synergy to jump screens? No problem. Just toggle Scroll Lock. Synergy keeps the cursor on the same screen when Scroll Lock is on. (This can be configured to another hot key.)

Do you wish you could cut and paste between computers? Now you can! Just copy text, HTML, or an image as you normally would on one screen then switch to another screen and paste it. It’s as if all your computers shared a single clipboard (and separate primary selection for you X11 users). It even converts newlines to each computer’s native form so cut and paste between different operating systems works seamlessly. And it does it all in Unicode so any text can be copied.

Do you use a screen saver? With synergy all your screen savers act in concert. When one starts they all start. When one stops they all stop. And, if you require a password to unlock the screen, you’ll only have to enter a password on one screen.

If you regularly use multiple computers on one desk, give synergy a try. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Try it and let me know what you think. Wish I had a few monitors myself 😛


3 thoughts on “Synergy – Interesting Piece of Software

  1. Used to use Synergy in grad school when I had multiple PCs (really old ones FYI :)) with different operating systems (Linux, BSD, etc), and needed a convenient way to access all of them from just one keyboard and mouse.

    It works well 🙂 I’ve never used any of the advanced features though.

    It does introduce network traffic between your systems, so if you’re doing work involving network traffic, it might introduce some network “noise”. But I suspect this won’t affect 99.9% of users. 🙂

  2. Wow… I didn’t know it was that widely used before… yea… if only I had multiple systems, and better yet… a reason to use this!!!! if only!!!! 😛

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