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Windows 7: Dual Monitors

02 Jan 2011   #11
rap33042

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If your run a web site, it's a snap to code on one screen and see your results on another- no switching windows
If you write software, you can edit your code on one screen and see the results on the other- no switching windows
If you like to have lots of applications running at once, perfect! no switching windows
I often run 3 browsers at a time for editing purposes- I can see them all! no switching windows.
A good reason to have multiple monitors? no switching windows!
It improves productivity because you don't have to do all that extra clicking to see what you want to see.

I've had a dual-monitor set-up for over a year and I'd never go back. If I sit in front of a single 19" screen now, I get claustrophobic.

I used to have some virtual desktops set up but that's kind of clunky- I still had to do a lot of clicking to see what I wanted.
2 or 3 monitors is the way to go...

Maybe this will give you some ideas?

We are content with our duality.
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02 Jan 2011   #12
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jfar View Post
Having Two is always better than having one. Especially if the second one is bigger than the first.
That is an outstanding clip. Lee Van Cleef was a great actor. It seemed he was in every western they made.
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02 Jan 2011   #13
computertech19

Windows 10,Windows 7,Mac OSX
 
 

I have dual displays and can't think to ever use just one again. I have my main screen as my laptop and my HDTV as my extended display. Like right now I'm on SevenForums and watching Hulu on my extended display.
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03 Jan 2011   #14
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

i've been using dual screens for 9+ years and then went to triple screens less than a year ago.
I like it since I don't have to minimize as much, just move windows where I want them.
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03 Jan 2011   #15
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Just bought my third monitor today. Now I'm running two 25-inchers and a puny little 23-incher to go along with them.

Indispensable for school, especially research papers. Nothing like having your word processor program and a website open on one, with other documents and websites open on the others. The third monitor will get my calendar and TV app on it.

Think about how you work on a "real" desktop. You'd never have your notebook out, then put it away while you looked at your textbook, then close that to check out the books you brought home to study. Nope, you'd spread them all out so you could see them all at the same time. That's basically what you're doing with multiple monitors.
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03 Jan 2011   #16
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

I like to have 1 screen with the scanned hand written estimate on it and it's easier to transfer the information to the companies estimate form on the other.
Since my brother does all kind of changes in the boarders and scratches out a lot of things it's much easier to see everything at once.
He's also the master of up and down arrows this should have gone there this here ect.
It's just easier on the neck to be looking at then both at the same time. I'd actually like another to watch tv on or video's as well.
Fabe
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03 Jan 2011   #17
dobhar

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I, too, use dual monitors (23" and a 22") at home and at work for all the reasons above. I tend to have lots of windows open for various reasons. At home I also use Display Fusion Pro (Paid) which allows me to have another Taskbar on my 2nd Monitor. At work I could use a 3rd like what Zepher is using.
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03 Jan 2011   #18
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

for me i use dual monitors but not in fashion to play games on both i ussually use one at a time depending on what im doing

If im streaming hd vids from a site im going to throw them on the bigger screen better resolution sometimes i do this with my games too

but most of the time i use a smaller monitor for my wife and daughter watches tv while i can game in peace with headphones
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03 Jan 2011   #19
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

For work, 2 monitors is a must for me, once you try it, you'll never want to do without. For my free time, it's just nice to have on occasion. Some like to watch a video full screen on one, and surf, etc. on another.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ionbasa View Post

yes, in essence what happens is that your "desktop" gets extended, so you can move the mouse from 1 monitor to the second monitor, so only one mouse.
think of it like this, with one monitor you have 1920*1080 resolution, add a second in extended mode and the resolution would be 1920*2160 because it extends to the second monitor.
Actually, you'll have a 3840 x 1080 resolution Unless you are "stacking" screens

A Guy
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03 Jan 2011   #20
ionbasa

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
For work, 2 monitors is a must for me, once you try it, you'll never want to do without. For my free time, it's just nice to have on occasion. Some like to watch a video full screen on one, and surf, etc. on another.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ionbasa View Post

yes, in essence what happens is that your "desktop" gets extended, so you can move the mouse from 1 monitor to the second monitor, so only one mouse.
think of it like this, with one monitor you have 1920*1080 resolution, add a second in extended mode and the resolution would be 1920*2160 because it extends to the second monitor.
Actually, you'll have a 3840 x 1080 resolution Unless you are "stacking" screens

A Guy
ouch didn't see that, thanks for the correction.
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