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What is Dell Display Manager

Summary: This article provides information about the Dell Display Manager utility for Dell monitors. Learn how to download the Dell Display Manager utility to help with general display needsSee more

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Symptoms

Dell Display Manager enhances everyday productivity through comprehensive management tools giving you optimal front of screen experience, efficient display management, and easy, effortless multitasking.

With an improved Dell Display Manager, the ease of access and usability are further enhanced for the user. IT Managers will now be able to manage and control monitors remotely improving overall productivity.

NOTE: Dell Display Manager is a utility for Dell monitors and is not applicable for laptops. See a list of Dell monitors that support Dell Display Manager.

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Resolution

How to download Dell Display Manager

To download and install Dell Display Manager for your Dell monitor:

  1. Browse to Dell.com/support/drivers.
  2. Identify your Dell monitor.
    1. Enter the Service Tag or Express Service Code of the Dell monitor and click Search.
    2. Or, click Browse all products to manually select the Dell monitor from the catalog.
  3. Select the operating system that is installed on the computer.
  4. Click the Download button next to Dell Display Manager.
  5. Using File Explorer (also known as Windows Explorer), browse to the location where the downloaded file is saved.
  6. Double-click the .exe driver installation file that you downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
  7. After the installation is complete, restart the computer.

See a list of Dell monitors that support Dell Display Manager.


New Features of Dell Display Manager

Accessing Dell Display Manager (DDM) features and the most recent Easy Arrange layouts is easier than ever. Simply enter preset hotkeys to bring up Dell Display Manager (DDM) UI at the touch of the keyboard. Also, toggle easily between your favorite Easy Arrange layouts and templates.

Table 1: Hotkeys for Dell Display Manager
Function Hot Keys
Quick Key to enable Dell Display Manager (DDM) UI Ctrl + Shift + D
(customizable by the user)
Toggle between Easy Arrange layouts Page Up or Page Down
or
Click the > icon to move across layouts.
Accessing 5 most recently used layouts Ctrl + Shift + Home
(customizable by the user)

A more intuitive way to configure monitor settings. Simply drag and drop the Dell Display Manager UI menu from one monitor to another. Allows users to control and change monitor settings easily in a multi-monitor configuration.

Configure settings screen of Dell Display Manager

More customization options to view data based on individual preferences. Users can now customize up to 48 max zones easily and assign them accordingly.

Zone customization screen in Dell Display Manager

Name your screen layout in Dell Display Manager

Name pop-up box

Viewing and using Dell Display Manager (DDM) in portrait mode is now possible. Dell Display Manager (DDM) Easy Arrange templates automatically switch to portrait mode when monitor orientation is pivoted vertically.

Portrait mode screen in Dell Display Manager

KVM Wizard to simplify the KVM setup. Follow step-by-step pop-up windows guide at the click of the KVM Wizard icon on the Dell Display Manager (DDM) user interface. (available on select Dell monitors with KVM capability only).

Input manager in Dell Display Manager

Remote Management and Control (for IT managers only)

  • IT managers can issue specific instructions via command lines to Dell Display Manager (DDM) to execute tasks within specific times to individual monitor or an entire fleet
  • Remote Control capabilities (includes Power on/off, restoring factory defaults, changing monitor front of screen settings, optimal resolution, display modes, disabling OSD menu access, input switching)
  • Asset Management capabilities (includes monitor asset inventory monitoring, generating diagnostic reports on usage hours)

Dell Display Manager Demo

NOTE: Some features are based on the specific Dell monitor capability.

Dell Display Manager

Duration: 06:45
Closed captions: English only


More ways to multitask

Up to 38 layouts: With Dell Display Manager’s Easy Arrange, you can organize multiple applications on your screen and snap them into a template of your choice, making multitasking easy and effortless.

Recently used templates in Dell Display Manager

Easy arrange can also be used to personalize with dual monitors side by side or expand desktop space by spanning across 2 monitors

Dual monitors in Dell Display Manager

Arrange dual monitor view in Dell Display Manager

Seamless transitions: Rapidly restore previous application windows when reconnecting with Auto-restore, a feature that remembers where you left off.

Restore icon in the system tray

Auto restore window layout in the system tray menu

Input Manager:

  • Enables easy switching across multiple inputs
  • User can assign names to each input and define a shortcut key for quick and easy access to multiple connected devices – useful for programmers and gamers

Using multiple inputs in Dell Display Manager


Optimal front of screen experience

Create your best work: Adjust brightness, contrast, and resolution directly through the software for an optimal front of screen experience.

Optimal screen resolution in Dell Display Manager

Easily optimize your view: Automode easily configures to your preset display settings as you multitask.

Preset setting by application in Dell Display Manager


Efficient manageability

Asset Report Creation: Allows IT manager to save and document monitor asset information

Asset report creation
To generate a monitor asset report:

  1. Hold the Shift key and right-click the Dell Display Manager icon in the Taskbar.
  2. Select Save monitor asset report and save the MIF file.
  3. After saving the file you can open it using the Notepad app.

For example, the log from a C2722DE included the following information:
Name = "ModelName" - "Dell C2722DE"
Name = "SerialNumber" - "Service Tag-xxxxxxxxxx"
Name = "UsageTime" - Value = "xxx hours"
Name = "OptimalResolution" - Value = "2560x1440 at 60Hz"

PowerNap: Manage energy consumption via power management settings.

Additional Information

Frequently asked questions

Question: What OS is supported by Dell Display Manager (DDM)?

Answer: DDM works with Microsoft Windows OS (Win 7, 8, 10, 11) and Apple Mac OS (10.14, 10.15,  11 and 12)

Question: Does Dell Display Manager (DDM) work on all brands of Monitors?

Answer: For Windows operating systems, Dell Display Manager (DDM) works only with select Dell monitors developed from 2013 and beyond, except Dell D-series and Nvidia G-SYNC-based models. For Apple Mac operating systems, Dell Display Manager (DDM) works only with select Dell UltraSharp, UltraSharp PremierColor, and C Series desktop monitors (for specific Dell Monitors supported for Mac please refer to details below).

Question: Can Dell Display Manager (DDM) support more than 2 monitors?

Answer: Yes. It can support up to 16 monitors (some high-end graphics cards can support up to 4 external monitors, with 4 such cards Dell Display Manager (DDM) can support up to 16 monitors)

Question: Does the Dell Display Manager (DDM) software work on Apple Products?

Answer: Dell Display Manager (DDM) is supported on MacBook Pro, Air, Mac Mini launched from 2018 onwards. For Mac Pro, Dell Display Manager (DDM) is supported for products launched from 2019 onwards. These Apple products should have the listed Mac OS installed as indicated above.

Question: Do I need to update my Dell display firmware to support Dell Display Manager (DDM) for Mac?

Answer: Yes, your Dell displays need to be updated to the latest firmware version to work with Dell Display Manager (DDM) for Mac. To update display firmware:

  1. Browse to Dell.com/support/drivers.
  2. Identify your Dell monitor.
    1. Enter the Service Tag or Express Service Code of the Dell monitor and click Search.
    2. Or, click Browse all products to manually select the Dell monitor from the catalog.
  3. Select the operating system (Apple macOS) and download the firmware package.
  4. Connect the USB-C or Thunderbolt cable to your monitor, run the firmware package, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the firmware update for your monitor.

Selecting your Apple OS in the dropdown on the Dell.com/support/drivers website

NOTE: Firmware update may take several minutes to complete. Disable sleep mode on your Mac when updating your monitor firmware.

Question: Is Dell Display Manager (DDM) supported on a VDI Desktop?

Answer: Dell Display Manager (DDM) is not supported or tested on VDI Desktop.

Question: What Video cards are supported by the Dell Display Manager (DDM)?

Answer: Dell Display Manager (DDM) is compatible with all graphics cards from major graphics card vendors such as NVidia, AMD, and Intel.

  • Enables easy switching across multiple inputs
  • Users can assign names to each input and define a shortcut key for quick and easy access to multiple connected devices – useful for programmers and game

Dell Displays (Monitor) Models supported by Dell Display Manager

Alienware Monitor

  • AW2518HF
  • AW2521HF
  • AW2521HFL
  • AW2521HFA
  • AW2521HFLA
  • AW2720HF
  • AW2720HFA
  • AW5520QF

Dell C Series Displays

  • C5518QT
  • C5519Q
  • C7017T
  • C7520QT
  • C8618QT
  • C8621QT
  • C2422HE
  • C2722DE
  • C3422WE
  • C5522QT
  • C6522QT

Dell E Series Displays

  • E1715S
  • E1916H
  • E1916HE
  • E1916HV
  • E1920H
  • E2016H
  • E2016HM
  • E2016HV
  • E2020H
  • E2216H
  • E2216HV
  • E2218HN
  • E2219HN
  • E2220H
  • E2221HN
  • E2222HS
  • E2318H
  • E2318HN
  • E2318HR
  • E2318HX
  • E2417H
  • E2418HN
  • E2420H
  • E2420HS
  • E2421N
  • E2422H
  • E2422HS
  • E2422HN
  • E2720H
  • E2720HS
  • E2722H
  • E2722HS

Dell P-series Displays

  • P1917S
  • P1917SWh
  • P2016
  • P2017H
  • P2018H
  • P2217
  • P2217H
  • P2217WH
  • P2219H
  • P2219HC
  • P2314H
  • P2317H
  • P2317HWH
  • P2319H
  • P2415Q
  • P2417H
  • P2418D
  • P2418HT
  • P2418HZ
  • P2418HZM
  • P2419H
  • P2419HC
  • P2420D
  • P2420DC
  • P2421D
  • P2421DC
  • P2421
  • P2715Q
  • P2717H
  • P2719H
  • P2719HC
  • P2720D
  • P2720DC
  • P2721Q
  • P3221D
  • P3418HW
  • P3421W
  • P2222H
  • P2422H
  • P2422HE
  • P2722H
  • P2722HE
  • P3222QE

Dell S Series Displays

  • S2218M
  • S2218H
  • S2318M
  • S2318H
  • S2318HX
  • S2318HN
  • S2318NX
  • S2319H
  • S2319HS
  • S2319NX
  • S2418H
  • S2418HN
  • S2418NX
  • S2419H
  • S2419HGF
  • S2419HM
  • S2419NX
  • S2421H
  • S2421HN
  • S2421NX
  • S2421HGF
  • S2421HS
  • S2421HSX
  • S2422HZ
  • S2422HG
  • S2522HG
  • S2718H
  • S2718HX
  • S2718HN
  • S2718NX
  • S2718D
  • S2719DC
  • S2719DGF
  • S2719DM
  • S2719H
  • S2719HS
  • S2719NX
  • S2721D
  • S2721DS
  • S2721DGF
  • S2721DGFA
  • S2721H
  • S2721HN
  • S2721NX
  • S2721HGF
  • S2721HS
  • S2721HSX
  • S2721Q
  • S2721QS
  • S2722DZ
  • S2722DC
  • S2722QC
  • S2722DGM
  • S3219D
  • S3220DGF
  • S3221QS
  • S3222DGM
  • S3222HN
  • S3222HS
  • S3222HG
  • S3422DW
  • S3422DWG

Dell SE Series Displays

  • SE1918HV
  • SE2018HL
  • SE2018HR
  • SE2018HV
  • SE2216H
  • SE2216HM
  • SE2216HV
  • SE2218HL
  • SE2218HV
  • SE2219H
  • SE2219HX
  • SE2222H
  • SE2222HV
  • SE2416H
  • SE2416HM
  • SE2416HX
  • SE2417HG
  • SE2417HGR
  • SE2417HGX
  • SE2419H
  • SE2419HR
  • SE2419HX
  • SE2422H
  • SE2422HX
  • SE2422HR
  • SE2422HM
  • SE2716H
  • SE2717H
  • SE2717HR
  • SE2719H
  • SE2719HR
  • SE2722H
  • SE2722HX
  • SE2722HR

Dell UltraSharp(U) Series Displays

  • U2415
  • U2417H
  • U2417HA
  • U2417HJ
  • U2417HWI
  • U2419H
  • U2419HX
  • U2419HC
  • U2419HS
  • U2421HE
  • U2421E
  • U2518D
  • U2518DR
  • U2518DX
  • U2520D
  • U2520DR
  • U2715H
  • U2717D
  • U2717DA
  • U2717DWH
  • U2718Q
  • U2718QM
  • U2719D
  • U2719DX
  • U2719DC
  • U2719DS
  • U2721DE
  • U2917W
  • U2720Q
  • U2720QM
  • U3219Q
  • U3415W
  • U3417W
  • U3419W
  • U3421WE
  • U3818DW
  • U3821DW
  • U4021QW
  • U4320Q
  • U4919DW
  • U3421WE
  • U2422H
  • U2422HX
  • U2422HE
  • U2722D
  • U2722DX
  • U2722DE

Dell UltraSharp PremierColor (UP) Series Displays

  • UP2516D
  • UP2716D
  • UP2716DA
  • UP2718Q
  • UP2720Q
  • UP3017
  • UP3017A
  • UP3017Q
  • UP3216Q
  • UP3218K
  • UP3221Q

Dell Displays (Monitor) Models supported by Dell Display Manager (Mac OS)

Dell UltraSharp(U) Series Displays

  • U2421E
  • U2422H
  • U2422HX
  • U2422HE
  • U2520D
  • U2520DR
  • U2720Q
  • U2720QM
  • U2722D
  • U2722DX
  • U2722DE
  • U3219Q
  • U3421WE
  • U3821DW
  • U4021QW
  • U4320Q

Dell UltraSharp PremierColor (UP) Series Displays

  • UP2720Q
  • UP3221Q

Dell C Series Displays

  • C2422HE
  • C2722DE
  • C3422WE

Article Properties


Affected Product

Alienware and Dell Gaming Monitors, C Series, D Series, E Series, Legacy Monitors, P Series, S Series, SE Series, UltraSharp Premier (UP) Series, UltraSharp (U) Series

Last Published Date

19 Jan 2022

Version

14

Article Type

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