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What is Dell Display Manager

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

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Symptoms

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

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

Cause

No cause information is available.

Resolution

See the list of Dell monitors that support Dell Display Manager. If your monitor is supported by both DDM 1.x and DDM 2.0, then it is recommended to download and use Dell Display Manager 2.0.

In a multimonitor setup both DDM 1.x and DDM 2.0 can be installed on a computer simultaneously. However, it is highly recommended to uninstall Dell Display Manager 1.x and use only Dell Display Manager 2.0 if all your monitors are supported by Dell Display Manager 2.0.

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

  1. Browse to Dell Drivers & Downloads.
  2. Identify your Dell monitor.
    1. Enter the Service Tag or Model Number of the Dell monitor and click Search.
    2. Alternatively, 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.

    See the list of Dell monitors that support Dell Display Manager to find the supported version of 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.

Connecting your monitor

Connect your monitor to your computer as described in your monitor's user guide.

Illustration for connecting monitor to desktop computer
Figure 1: Connecting your monitor to a desktop

Illustration for connecting monitor to laptop
Figure 2: Connecting your monitor to a laptop

NOTE: The connectivity diagrams are for illustrative purposes only. See the monitor user guide for the complete information.

Launching Dell Display Manager

Before launching Dell Display Manager, go to Others in your monitor's On-Screen Display menu and ensure that the DDC/CI feature is enabled.

Image shows how to enable DDC/CI in OSD menu of Dell Monitor before using DDM2.0
Figure 3: Enabling DDC/CI in OSD menu of Dell Monitor before using DDM2.0

This section contains brief information about the features of DDM 2.0. For complete list of features and more details, see DDM 2.0 user guide at Dell Display Manager 2.0 Documentation.

NOTE: Some features may not be applicable to your monitor model. See your monitor user guide for information about the features that are available.

Easy Arrange

The Easy Arrange menu simplifies the applications window organization on the monitor. To use it:

  • Select any of the predefined layouts to virtually divide the screen into multiple zones.
  • Drag the application to your selected zone to position the application in the zone. The application snaps to the selected zone.

Easy Arrange Layout
Figure 4: Easy Arrange Layout

Easy Arrange Settings to set personal preference
Figure 5: Easy Arrange Settings to set personal preference

 

Application Windows Snap

Application Windows Snap helps you with placing a program quickly to any screen. When enabled in Dell Display Manager 2.0, dragging the application window triggers a floating menu that contains recently-used Easy Arrange layouts. You can drop the application to any one of the listed layouts to perform window placement.

Enabling Application Windows Snap from DDM icon on status bar
Figure 6: Enabling or disabling application Windows Snap from DDM icon on status bar

NOTE: You may turn Windows Snap feature off when you want to use Span across multiple monitors.

 

Gaming settings

You can configure the Gaming menu that is available only on Alienware and Dell Gaming monitors. For more information, see DDM 2.0 User guide.

Gaming menu - General settings
Figure 7: Gaming menu - General settings

Gaming menu - Vision Engine settings
Figure 8: Gaming menu - Vision Engine settings

NOTE: Vision Engine is available on select Dell Gaming monitors only.

 

KVM

This feature allows sharing of keyboard and mouse between multiple computers. You can set up the KVM easily with USB KVM wizard.

The KVM feature is available when connected monitors support KVM functionality. DDM 2.0 communicates with your monitor even when the monitor is displaying video from another computer.

USB KVM Settings
Figure 9: USB KVM Settings

For information about how to setup KVM, see Setting up the KVM section of user guide available at Dell Display Manager 2.0 | Manuals and Documents.

 

Firmware and software updates

With DDM 2.0, you can get automatic notification for new updates on monitor firmware and software.

DDM2.0 Firmware and software updates
Figure 10: Firmware and software updates

 

Color Management

DDM 2.0 allows you to sync the color space of the monitor with associated International Color Consortium (ICC) profile.

DDM 2.0 Color Management
Figure 11: Color Management

 

Remote Management and Control (for IT managers only)

DDM 2.0 comes with CLI commands for querying asset inventory logs and to set basic monitor settings. CLI commands are restricted for IT managers only. Contact Dell sales representative for more information.

 


NOTE: For complete list of supported features and functionality, see the DDM 2.0 User guide at Dell Product Documentation for your Dell monitor.

 

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, switch 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 five 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 multimonitor configuration.

Configure settings screen of Dell Display Manager
Figure 12: 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
Figure 13: Zone customization screen in Dell Display Manager

Name your screen layout in Dell Display Manager
Figure 14: Name your screen layout in Dell Display Manager

Name pop-up box
Figure 15: Rename custom layout 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
Figure 16: 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
Figure 17: Input manager in Dell Display Manage

Remote Management and Control (for IT managers only)

  • IT managers can issue specific instructions using command lines to Dell Display Manager (DDM) to perform 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 1.x

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
Figure 18: 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 two monitors.

Dual monitors in Dell Display Manager
Figure 19: Dual monitors in Dell Display Manager

Arrange dual monitor view in Dell Display Manager
Figure 20: 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
Figure 21: Restore icon in the system tray

Auto restore window layout in the system tray menu
Figure 22: 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
Figure 23: 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
Figure 24: 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
Figure 25: 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
Figure 26: 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 60 Hz"

PowerNap: Manage energy consumption using power management settings.

Dell Displays (Monitor) Models supported by Dell Display Manager (Windows Operating System)

Dell Display Manager 2.0 requires Windows 11 or Windows 10 build 17763 or newer.

Table 1: DDM 2.0 and DDM 1.x Display model compatibility list
Model Supports DDM 2.0 Supports DDM 1.x Only
Alienware
Monitors
  • AW2521HF
  • AW2521HFA
  • AW2521HFL
  • AW2521HFLA
  • AW2523HF
  • AW2720HF
  • AW2720HFA
  • AW2723DF
  • AW5520QF
  • AW2518HF
Dell Gaming
Monitor
  • G2422HS
  • G2722HS
  • G2723H
  • G2723HN
  • G3223D
  • G3223Q
 
Dell C Series
Displays
  • C2422HE
  • C2423H
  • C2722DE
  • C2723H
  • C3422WE
  • C5519Q
  • C5519QA
  • C5522QT
  • C6522QT
  • C7520QT
  • C8621QT
  • C5517H
  • C5518QT
  • C7016H
  • C7017T
  • C8618QT
Dell SE Series
Displays
  • SE2219H
  • SE2219HX
  • SE2222H
  • SE2222HV
  • SE2419H
  • SE2419HR
  • SE2419HX
  • SE2422H
  • SE2422HM
  • SE2422HR
  • SE2422HX
  • SE2423DS
  • SE2719H
  • SE2719HR
  • SE2722H
  • SE2722HR
  • SE2722HX
  • SE2723DS
  • SE3223Q
  • SE1918HV
  • SE2018HL
  • SE2018HR
  • SE2018HV
  • SE2216H
  • SE2216HM
  • SE2216HV
  • SE2218HL
  • SE2218HV
  • SE2416H
  • SE2416HM
  • SE2416HX
  • SE2417GR
  • SE2417HG
  • SE2417HGR
  • SE2417HGX
  • SE2716H
  • SE2717H
  • SE2717HR
  • SE3218H
  • SP2318H
  • SP2418H
Dell P Series
Displays
  • P1917S
  • P2219H
  • P2219HC
  • P2222H
  • P2223HC
  • P2319H
  • P2418HT
  • P2419H
  • P2419HC
  • P2421
  • P2421D
  • P2421DC
  • P2422H
  • P2422HE
  • P2423
  • P2423D
  • P2423DE
  • P2719H
  • P2719HC
  • P2720D
  • P2720DC
  • P2721Q
  • P2722H
  • P2722HE
  • P2723D
  • P2723DE
  • P2723QE
  • P3221D
  • P3222QE
  • P3223DE
  • P3223QE
  • P3421W
  • P1913
  • P1913B
  • P1914S
  • P1917SWH
  • P2014H
  • P2016
  • P2017H
  • P2018H
  • P2213F
  • P2214H
  • P2217
  • P2217H
  • P2217WH
  • P2314H
  • P2314T
  • P2317H
  • P2317HWH
  • P2414H
  • P2415Q
  • P2416D
  • P2417H
  • P2418D
  • P2418HZ
  • P2418HZM
  • P2714T
  • P2715Q
  • P2717H
  • P2815Q
  • P3418HW
  • P4317Q
Dell S Series
Displays
  • S2319H
  • S2319HN
  • S2319HS
  • S2319NX
  • S2419H
  • S2419HGF
  • S2419HM
  • S2419HN
  • S2419NX
  • S2421H
  • S2421HGF
  • S2421HN
  • S2421HS
  • S2421HSX
  • S2421NX
  • S2422HG
  • S2422HZ
  • S2522HG
  • S2719DC
  • S2719DGF
  • S2719DM
  • S2719H
  • S2719HN
  • S2719HS
  • S2719NX
  • S2721D
  • S2721DGF
  • S2721DGFA
  • S2721DS
  • S2721H
  • S2721HGF
  • S2721HN
  • S2721HS
  • S2721HSX
  • S2721NX
  • S2721Q
  • S2721QS/S2721QSA
  • S2722DC
  • S2722DGM
  • S2722DZ
  • S2722QC
  • S2723HC
  • S3219D
  • S3220DGF
  • S3221QS/S3221QSA
  • S3222DGM
  • S3222HG
  • S3222HN
  • S3222HS
  • S3422DW
  • S3422DWG
  • S3423DWC
  • S2216H
  • S2216M
  • S2218H
  • S2218M
  • S2316H
  • S2316M
  • S2317HJ
  • S2317HWI
  • S2318H
  • S2318HN
  • S2318HX
  • S2318M
  • S2318NX
  • S2415H
  • S2418H
  • S2418HN
  • S2418HX
  • S2418NX
  • S2715H
  • S2718D
  • S2718H
  • S2718HN
  • S2718HN
  • S2718HX
  • S2817Q
Dell E Series
Displays
  • E1715S
  • E1916HV
  • E1920H
  • E2016HV
  • E2020H
  • E2219HN
  • E2220H
  • E2221HN
  • E2222H
  • E2222HS
  • E2223HN
  • E2223HV
  • E2420H
  • E2420HS
  • E2421HN
  • E2422H
  • E2422HN
  • E2422HS
  • E2423H
  • E2423HN
  • E2720H
  • E2720HS
  • E2722H
  • E2722HS
  • E2723H
  • E2723HN
  • E1713S
  • E1913
  • E1913S
  • E1914H
  • E1916H
  • E1916HE
  • E1916HL
  • E1916HM
  • E2013H
  • E2014H
  • E2014T
  • E2015HV
  • E2016
  • E2016H
  • E2016HL
  • E2016HM
  • E2213
  • E2213H
  • E2214H
  • E2214HV
  • E2215HV
  • E2216H
  • E2216HV
  • E2218HN
  • E2313H
  • E2314H
  • E2318H
  • E2318HN
  • E2318HR
  • E2318HX
  • E2416H
  • E2417H
  • E2418HN
  • E2715H
  • E2715HM
  • E5515H
Dell UltraSharp (U)
Series Displays
  • U2419H
  • U2419HC
  • U2419HS
  • U2419HX
  • U2421E
  • U2421HE
  • U2422H
  • U2422HE
  • U2422HX
  • U2520D
  • U2520DR
  • U2719D
  • U2719DC
  • U2719DS
  • U2719DX
  • U2720Q
  • U2720QM
  • U2721DE
  • U2722D
  • U2722DE
  • U2722DX
  • U2723QE
  • U2723QX
  • U3023E
  • U3219Q
  • U3223QE
  • U3223QZ
  • U3419W
  • U3421WE
  • U3423WE
  • U3821DW
  • U4021QW
  • U4320Q
  • U4323QE
  • U4919DW
  • U2412M
  • U2413
  • U2414H
  • U2415
  • U2417H
  • U2417HA
  • U2417HJ
  • U2417HWI
  • U2515H
  • U2518D
  • U2518DA
  • U2713H
  • U2713HM
  • U2715H
  • U2717D
  • U2717DA
  • U2718Q
  • U2718QM
  • U2913WM
  • U2917W
  • U3014
  • U3415W
  • U3417W
  • U3818DW
  • UZ2215H
  • UZ2315H
  • UZ2715H
Dell Ultrasharp Premier Color (UP)
Series Displays
  • UP2720Q/UP2720QA
  • UP3218K/UP3218KA
  • UP3221Q
  • UP2414Q
  • UP2516D
  • UP2715K
  • UP2716D
  • UP2716DA
  • UP2718Q
  • UP3017
  • UP3017A
  • UP3017Q
  • UP3214Q
  • UP3216Q
  •  

Dell Displays (Monitor) Models supported by Dell Display and Peripheral Manager (For macOS)

MacOS users are supported through Dell Display and Peripheral Manager for select models. For more information, see Dell Display and Peripheral Manager for macOS.

 

Additional Information

Frequently asked questions

DDM 2.0 works with Microsoft Windows Operating System (Windows 11, and Windows 10 build 17763 and above).
DDM 1.x works with Microsoft Windows Operating System (Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or 8, Windows 7).

For macOS, download Dell Display and Peripheral Manager. For more information, see Dell Display and Peripheral Manager for macOS.

Dell Display and Peripheral Manager are supported on MacBook Pro, Mac Book Air and Mac Mini (2018 onwards), and Mac Pro (2019 onwards). Dell Display and Peripheral Manager are not supported on iMac. Supported macOS versions are 10.14, 10.15, 11, and 12.

 

Dell Display Manager (DDM) works only with select Dell monitors. See list below for details.

 

No. Both DDM 1.x and 2.0 are same across all models. However, features that are offered may vary from model to model.

 

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

 

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

  1. Browse to Dell Driver and Downloads.
  2. Identify your Dell monitor.
    1. Enter the Service Tag or Model Number of the Dell monitor and click Search.
    2. Alternatively, click Browse all products to manually select the Dell monitor from the catalog.
  3. Select the Operating System as Apple macOS (as shown in Figure 24 [English Only]) 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
Figure 27: Selecting your Apple OS in the dropdown on the Dell Drivers page

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

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

 

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 games.
 

See Microsoft Knowledge Base article Uninstall or remove apps and programs in WindowsExternal Link for information about how to uninstall programs.

NOTE: The program is listed as Dell Display Manager.
 

No, you can have different Dell Display Manager versions running on the computers. However, Dell highly recommends running the latest version of Dell Display Manager so that you get up-to-date fixes, enhancements, and new device enablement.

 

No, there are various settings in Dell Display Manager that you can configure. It does not need to be the same settings, and it is up to you which settings to use.

NOTE: For an easy arrange layout, you can select the layout that most suitable for each of the input sources to improve their productivity. For hotkey and other settings, it might be easier to keep the settings the same so that you can manage both input sources in a consistent manner.
 

Using accent keys such as â, ê, î, ô, and û may result in ^^a, ^^e, ^^i, ^^o, and ^^u instead.
This issue has been fixed. Download and install the latest DDM version (Ver 2.0.0.135 or newer).

Article Properties


Affected Product

Alienware and Dell Gaming Monitors, C Series, E Series, P Series, S Series, SE Series, UltraSharp Premier (UP) Series, UltraSharp (U) Series, Dell Display Manager 2.0, Dell Webcam WB7022

Last Published Date

06 Oct 2022

Version

31

Article Type

Solution