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Windows 7: Why do people use more than one monitor?

21 May 2011   #1
zEric7x

Windows Home premium 64bit
 
 
Why do people use more than one monitor?

I have a laptop so I do plug into my TV from ever now and then to watch movies and play games but I mean if you have 2 monitors for extend desktop or whatever you use it for whats the point of that? I myself cant think of many uses for such a feature but then I not really thought about it.


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21 May 2011   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Ask This guy z3r010have a look at his 6 monitor set up.
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21 May 2011   #3
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

I currently have a three monitor setup at home and two at my shop. I can barely function now with one monitor.
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21 May 2011   #4
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Multitasking.
One monitor is really restrictive.
How do you think administrators on forums access data so quickly.
One monitor........no way!
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21 May 2011   #5
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Makes it easier than trying to move windows around one screen. I have my newsreader on the left screen, gadgets and email on the right screen and do my work on the middle screen.
Editing video allows you to have more of your tools shown at one time, makes for an efficient working environment.
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21 May 2011   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've used 2 monitors at work for many years. The primary reason is to have more applications open at the same time. For example, I want my instant messenger and my email open at all times at work. In addition, I have a monitoring system that I would like to keep open to make sure everything is running correctly. I'm often doing research with my web browser and perhaps working on documentation in a spreadsheet or document. Trying to manage all of this on one monitor is a PITA and always leads to me being behind or missing something.
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21 May 2011   #7
profdlp

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

Redheads on the left, blondes on the right, brunettes in the middle.
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22 May 2011   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Redheads on the left, blondes on the right, brunettes in the middle.
Never thought of that...
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22 May 2011   #9
pcunite

Windows 10 x64
 
 

I personally prefer one monitor especially now that Windows 7 can snap windows easily. I'm happy with my 24" NEC 2490wuxi2. I don't like to turn my head all day. If I tire of this size I guess 30" would be nice.
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22 May 2011   #10
profdlp

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

On a more serious note, here are a few of the ways I've made use of my three monitors lately:

1) Writing a term paper. I had the document I was writing in the middle, firefox with about 20 tabs open on the left, and my bibliography, endnotes, and appendices open on the right. This pretty much simulates the way I used to do it in the pre-home computer days when I would have books scattered across my desk, a typewriter in front of me, and other documents off to the side.

2) Email on the left, browser in the middle, ballgame on the right. I can see everything at once without all that woo-woo clickety-clack business, which is quite distracting for old people like me.

3) Task Manager off to the side with the performance tab showing. Programs on the right and center monitors while I see what the memory and cpu usage are for various things I am benchmarking.

Basically, you wouldn't work on a real desktop that was only 20" wide, at least not if you need to get anything serious done. Why limit yourself to that situation with your virtual desktop?
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