Are you using 2 monitors yet?

by ronr
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I know that many of you are already doing this or have 3-4 monitors but I held out for a long time thinking a second monitor wouldnt' really help that much.

Boy was I wrong! I added the 2nd monitor 3 days ago and I'm amazed how useful it is.

Didn't have to spend any money either which is nice. Had an 14" from an old computer laying around and it took about 5 minutes to add it. Even though it's much small than my main 24" monitor I've seen a big decrease in the amount of time going from program to program, mouse clicking etc. and a nice increase in what I've been able to done.

So for any of you who haven't taken the plunge. Jump in the waters great.

Ron
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  • Profile picture of the author mjMONEY
    Gotta love dual monitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Perkins
    Try 6......... At least I used to have that, then I change the layout of my room and took it down to 2. No need for 6 monitors if you aren't doing stocks or serious programming (which I'm getting back into).

    So who knows, maybe if I add the other 4 I'll post a pic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Johndb
      Originally Posted by Will Perkins View Post

      Try 6......... At least I used to have that, then I change the layout of my room and took it down to 2. No need for 6 monitors if you aren't doing stocks or serious programming (which I'm getting back into).

      So who knows, maybe if I add the other 4 I'll post a pic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charles Harper
    I have been using two for some time.

    I don't want to hijack the thread, but I would be interested in those of you who are using three or four; how you are doing it.

    To the OP, I don't feel right without a second screen and even travel with one.

    CT
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    • Profile picture of the author Will Perkins
      Originally Posted by Charles Harper View Post

      I have been using two for some time.

      I don't want to hijack the thread, but I would be interested in those of you who are using three or four; how you are doing it.

      To the OP, I don't feel right without a second screen and even travel with one.

      CT
      3 graphics cards is the easiest way to do it, there are other ways but they are far more expensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Morgan
    Originally Posted by ronr View Post

    I know that many of you are already doing this or have 3-4 monitors but I held out for a long time thinking a second monitor wouldnt' really help that much.

    Boy was I wrong! I added the 2nd monitor 3 days ago and I'm amazed how useful it is.

    Didn't have to spend any money either which is nice. Had an 14" from an old computer laying around and it took about 5 minutes to add it. Even though it's much small than my main 24" monitor I've seen a big decrease in the amount of time going from program to program, mouse clicking etc. and a nice increase in what I've been able to done.

    So for any of you who haven't taken the plunge. Jump in the waters great.

    Ron
    Yes using 2 monitors can be time efficient, when using many programs.

    Disclaimer: Using 2 monitors will not double your profits.
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    • Profile picture of the author ronr
      Wow 6 monitors? :-)

      I remember reading threads on WF saying how great having 2 monitors is. I regret waiting so long to finally do it.

      Ron
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      • Profile picture of the author Will Perkins
        Originally Posted by ronr View Post

        Wow 6 monitors? :-)

        I remember reading threads on WF saying how great having 2 monitors is. I regret waiting so long to finally do it.

        Ron
        Since someone mentioned tv's I guess I'll toss in my tv as well. Got a 42" plasma above me on the wall.

        Serves great for watching movies. Connects right up to my setup too
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    • Profile picture of the author ronr
      A fast PC has nothing to do with it. It's the ability to have several screens open a time on different monitors. Believe me it's better than having them open on the same monitor. I thought it would help with just a few situations but I'm finding more and more uses everyday.

      Originally Posted by mauricio2 View Post

      If you have a fast pc then ( in my case) I dont see why would I need two??
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      • Profile picture of the author paulie888
        Originally Posted by ronr View Post

        A fast PC has nothing to do with it. It's the ability to have several screens open a time on different monitors. Believe me it's better than having them open on the same monitor. I thought it would help with just a few situations but I'm finding more and more uses everyday.
        Exactly, we don't realize how much time is wasted in switching between various applications and minimizing/maximizing them (the majority of us rarely use just one application at a time).

        I initially thought that multiple monitors wouldn't help my daily tasks all that much, but I was definitely mistaken. Also, as you've pointed out, you'll figure out even more ways to utilize that extra screen real estate to maximize your productivity and efficiency as time goes by.

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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
    I have a 52" HD TV on my wall that runs as my main monitor. My laptop screen is for notes, and my apad is used instead of a mouse. This set up is great, and the apad works perfectly for graphics, especially when you use it as a graphics tablet with a stylus. Chuck in DSN and you're looking at the future.

    Edit: The fact I have the laptop sitting on an OAP's food trolley does rather spoil the effect.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Sieverding
    I use 3 I did 4 just to say I could do it but I hardly ever used the 4th one.

    How did I do it?
    2 graphics cards with 2 DVI ports on each of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    I have two, but I will soon be upgrading to 4.

    That means 2 27" monitors and 2 21" ones.
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    • Profile picture of the author Will Perkins
      Originally Posted by Mohammad Afaq View Post

      I have two, but I will soon be upgrading to 4.

      That means 2 27" monitors and 2 21" ones.
      You gotta admire a 27", kinda funny that you can fit 3 word docs on 1 screen without scrolling :rolleyes:

      That'll be a nice setup if you do it right.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
        Originally Posted by Will Perkins View Post

        You gotta admire a 27", kinda funny that you can fit 3 word docs on 1 screen without scrolling :rolleyes:

        That'll be a nice setup if you do it right.
        I am actually about to build a complete office.

        Gonna cost my about $3-4K total but totally worth it

        EDIT: I will start a thread once I get it all setup (probably in a couple weeks if I don't hang around with procrastination )
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
    I was just going to add that I don't see why more people don't use TVs as monitors.
    Admittedly this used to be an awful idea due to the poor graphics quality, but modern flat-screens work brilliantly as monitors.

    Also if you set your screen saver to a classic painting, then when you aren't using your computer it looks perfect for the in-laws visit.
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    • Profile picture of the author Charles Harper
      Originally Posted by Colin Palfrey View Post

      I was just going to add that I don't see why more people don't use TVs as monitors.
      Admittedly this used to be an awful idea due to the poor graphics quality, but modern flat-screens work brilliantly as monitors.

      Also if you set your screen saver to a classic painting, then when you aren't using your computer it looks perfect for the in-laws visit.
      You could just put a picture of your in-laws on there.

      CT
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      • Profile picture of the author Robert Colle
        Originally Posted by Charles Harper View Post

        You could just put a picture of your in-laws on there.

        CT
        Hahaha that made me laugh out my lungs. Really you could just put up a big picture of your in-laws as your screen saver and I guess you will be their favorite.

        Good luck with that.
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        • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
          Originally Posted by Robert Colle View Post

          Hahaha that made me laugh out my lungs. Really you could just put up a big picture of your in-laws as your screen saver and I guess you will be their favorite.

          Good luck with that.
          Personally I would rather take a nail gun to my private parts, but I understand the sentiment.

          I actually just meant that when I wheel my computer over to the corner, the monitor isn't in the way. If people aren't visiting then it also doubles as a TV, but turn that on while they are there and you'll never get rid of them.
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          Originally Posted by Robert Colle View Post

          Hahaha that made me laugh out my lungs. Really you could just put up a big picture of your in-laws as your screen saver and I guess you will be their favorite.

          Good luck with that.
          I'll need two monitors for that. My in-laws divorced and both are now remarried.
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    Macintosh Desktop, Two Screens 24inches.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lazy
    I have 3. One big 32 inch, a smaller 19 inch placed vertically, and a little 10 inch one for my chats and to do list.
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  • Profile picture of the author cjm18
    I found an old CRT about a year ago and for a while was using that as a second monitor to my laptop but it got frustrating so I stopped.

    I went out yesterday though and bought a 19" LED monitor which I connected up with my laptop and I have seen a huge boom in productivity. I might add I also worked straight through the night and didn't realise until the birds broke my trance at about 7am.
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Bandicoot
    Wow 2 monitors, I'd imagine you need some power under your hood for that. What kind of graphics cards do you need?
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    • Profile picture of the author Lazy
      Originally Posted by WarriorIcon View Post

      Wow 2 monitors, I'd imagine you need some power under your hood for that. What kind of graphics cards do you need?
      Pretty much any computer can handle 2 these days. I use a netbook sometimes, and I have it going out to two displays.
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    I don't use 2 monitors as such:
    I use my iMac mostly but i also have 2 HP 12" tablets (ebay $400) which run throughout the day.
    It works well for me, in can write articles on one when the other 2 are busy rendering or downloading files etc.
    i find that i'm more productive using all 3 machines in tandem.
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  • Profile picture of the author feliciayapsl
    It definitely helps ya.. I currently have 2 laptops.
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  • Profile picture of the author Syamsul Alam
    I'm planning on using dual monitor because there are a lot of my friends who tell me how easy it is to do programming, designing, etc with dual monitor. I want it too to increase my productivity thus increase my profits...

    But I don't know how to do it (and I don't have second monitor!) perhaps I'll try ask my friends on how to it or pay someone to install it for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
      Originally Posted by alampintar View Post

      I'm planning on using dual monitor because there are a lot of my friends who tell me how easy it is to do programming, designing, etc with dual monitor. I want it too to increase my productivity thus increase my profits...

      But I don't know how to do it (and I don't have second monitor!) perhaps I'll try ask my friends on how to it or pay someone to install it for me.
      Most laptops have a monitor-out socket. Just plug your 2nd monitor in there.

      To control the resolution and interface of the two monitors, go to Control panel, Display, and adjust it from there. It's easy so give it a go.
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      • Profile picture of the author paulie888
        Originally Posted by Colin Palfrey View Post

        Most laptops have a monitor-out socket. Just plug your 2nd monitor in there.

        To control the resolution and interface of the two monitors, go to Control panel, Display, and adjust it from there. It's easy so give it a go.
        These days, it's incredibly easy to hook up two monitors or even more to any laptop with a USB graphics adapter -

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        When you can buy 21-23" monitors for under $150 each these days, a multi-monitor set up is becoming very feasible for just about anyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author carroll548
    I have been use two monitors at one time for do work quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    Yep, use the laptop screen as the secondary one, usually for programs I am not staring at all the time but need to reference. 22" LCD is the main one. Would never go back - being out and about with the laptop now is really frustrating with just one screen.
    How to set up? Google it But in short, just plug in the additional monitor, look for Extended desktop in Display Settings and tinker - sometimes takes a few attempts to get the right orientation, resolution, primary display etc. The exact procedure depends on the make of graphics card but it's rare to find a newer PC with graphics card that doesn't support this.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaxrogue331
    Right now, I am thinking about using two or three monitors. Someday, my business will grow big enough that my office will look like Watchtower on Smallville.
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  • Profile picture of the author Milton
    I run two computers one never gets connected to the internet so never any malware virus problems, whatever I'm working on (graphics etc) can sit there if I need to do something else.
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  • Profile picture of the author xInd
    I used to use 2 computers at the same time side by side. Worked pretty good, but every now and then I would get all mucked up going WTF? and realize I was on the wrong keyboard, or the keyboard would be right but the mice got switched etc.. .
    Then I got a multi monitor setup and a faster computer, allows me to get more done for sure.. pretty sweet too. It's like outta the matrix.. . or star trek.
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  • Profile picture of the author alcymart
    Yes, I'm using dual monitor here. Had 3, but got more room now. They are 24 inches each. I'm happy with 2 of them. Enough for the multitasking I do during the day.

    Take care,

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
    Yes, I have 2 23 inch HP monitors mounted on a dual monitor stand-alone desk bracket. Both monitors are side by side. Both are connected to the same computer and graphics card, which has 3 output slots.

    When doing graphics with photoshop, and using dreamweaver, skype, notepad++, email and pandora.com and other things, it really helps to have more screen realestate.....

    My second monitor is identical to the first, cant handle the set-up not looking uniformed. Got it for like 167.00 and got the dual monitor stand on craigs list for 50.00, normally one like I have costs over 200.00 so I got a great deal.

    If you have the space and the money, its well worth it and really helps your work flow....

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  • Profile picture of the author bigredrassler
    I actually have one monitor hooked up and a second one left over from when I sold my old pc(the monitor is current). My current computer is spec'd for dual monitors, I just haven't gotten around to hooking it up yet. Maybe I should
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Vikaz
    Sweet... I'm going to give this a shot.

    Never knew it could actually help productivity.
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    • Profile picture of the author markowe
      Originally Posted by Jay Vikaz View Post

      Sweet... I'm going to give this a shot.

      Never knew it could actually help productivity.
      Does it ever! There are various studies, some (like in this article Two Screens Are Better Than One - Microsoft Research) mention an increase in productivity of between around 10 and 50%, which sounds about right.

      Alt-tabbing between Windows, constantly hunting for the one you need, is agony compared to just putting (if you are a web programmer, say) your programming environment on your main screen and then the browser open on the secondary one, and every time you change some code you can just refresh on the other screen and see the changes. Or if you FTP files up to your host - FTP program on the secondary window and just drag your files across from the main window. It rocks. Though I can see how even 3 or 4 screens would improve things even more - I often work in 3 or 4 programs at a time...
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      • Profile picture of the author paulie888
        Originally Posted by markowe View Post

        Does it ever! There are various studies, some (like in this article Two Screens Are Better Than One - Microsoft Research) mention an increase in productivity of between around 10 and 50%, which sounds about right.

        Alt-tabbing between Windows, constantly hunting for the one you need, is agony compared to just putting (if you are a web programmer, say) your programming environment on your main screen and then the browser open on the secondary one, and every time you change some code you can just refresh on the other screen and see the changes. Or if you FTP files up to your host - FTP program on the secondary window and just drag your files across from the main window. It rocks. Though I can see how even 3 or 4 screens would improve things even more - I often work in 3 or 4 programs at a time...
        I have read this research before as well. There are many concurrent tasks that internet marketers typically do, such as you've described, and having more screen real estate in the form of multiple monitors really makes you much more efficient, and saves considerable time in the process.

        You get optimal efficiency when working with multiple monitors of the same size, as that requires your eyes to make fewer adjustments when moving from monitor to monitor.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    This probably doesn't count as multi monitors, Heck I wouldn't even know how to set that up, but I do use 4 computers all at the same time and each has a monitor. I love to be able to go from email to WF to PhotoShop to etc. etc. From computer to computer rather than doing everything on the same computer.

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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
      Originally Posted by George Wright View Post

      This probably doesn't count as multi monitors, Heck I wouldn't even know how to set that up, but I do use 4 computers all at the same time and each has a monitor. I love to be able to go from email to WF to PhotoShop to etc. etc. From computer to computer rather than doing everything on the same computer.

      George Wright, P.S. I'm counting my Droid as a computer. He thinks he is one.
      No thats not dual monitors, thats quad computors.....
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  • Profile picture of the author upgradereality
    17" laptop and a 23" lcd monitor works perfect for me.
    I can fit 2 webpages/docs next to each other on the 23" so its like having 3 monitors really
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  • Profile picture of the author JOSEPHRAJ
    I am using samsung 22" lcd as extended desktop with along my laptop. It works perfectly for me. I keep lot of notepad windows with important notes on the extended display, it keeps me reminded the priority things without annoying me with reminder popups. Also extended display helps while working with video tutorials.

    Yes. it really improves your productivity..
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    All our employees except for the bookeeper have dual monitors. I would not have it any other way. Its too important for productivity.

    Giving them large dual monitors ruined their experience at home or anywhere else that does not have them... they just jones for the extra desktop space ;-)

    I have 3 x 28 in monitors in my office. Two are for extended windows desktop and the third is for my DIY Hackintosh pro or if I swivel it backwards it faces my treadmill workstation. A kvm switch allows me to switch from the windows to mac machine with the click of a button without having to switch keyboards.

    The third monitor rests on a monitor stand support system I created from some some steel pipes screwed into a steel base screwed to a base board and attached to a pole monitor mount like this one:

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    I am putting casters on the bottom of it tomorrow to make it easy to roll around the office.

    I am also building a second similar setup to use in the video studio area of our office as a video camera monitor support for a large video camera monitor when filming myself without assistance.

    My DIY setup is quite a bit cheaper than buying a solution but if you are just in the market for multi monitor setups here is a company I use a lot for hardware around our office:

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    • Profile picture of the author sal64
      I've benn using 2 monitors for a few years now. Apparently it increases productivity by 30%.

      Initially I ran a laptop with extra monitor, but now use a desktop with 2 x 22" HD's.

      Makes product creation a breeze and saves a ton of time expanding and reducing screens.
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  • Profile picture of the author WealthWithin
    ok, that's it.

    I'm getting my second one!
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    I used to use just one - a 19" LCD - but then I bought a new laptop, which is what I spend most of my time on. So I now work primarily on a small 12.1" laptop screen (which isn't as bad as it sounds), and occasionally plug into my old monitor and extend my desktop onto it, so that I can have a couple of things maximised at once.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

      I used to use just one - a 19" LCD - but then I bought a new laptop, which is what I spend most of my time on. So I now work primarily on a small 12.1" laptop screen (which isn't as bad as it sounds), and occasionally plug into my old monitor and extend my desktop onto it, so that I can have a couple of things maximised at once.
      If your eyes are okay with reading the fonts on a 12.1" laptop screen over the course of a full workday, then it should be fine. The more important factor here is screen resolution - you probably want something that has a resolution of 1280X800 or better, as this will allow you to fit a decent amount of information on the screen without having to resort to excessive scrolling, which can be a huge distraction that wastes more time than you'd think.
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      • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
        Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

        you probably want something that has a resolution of 1280X800 or better, as this will allow you to fit a decent amount of information on the screen without having to resort to excessive scrolling, which can be a huge distraction and waste time in the process.
        You're dead right. 1280x800 is exactly my screen's resolution. It still seemed a little weird at first, but now I think - despite having a lower resolution - things look a lot clearer and more defined on this screen, than on my big 19" LCD.
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        • Profile picture of the author unbrokenspirit
          some years ago I used to apply 2 monitors, each desktop and netbook.
          not for earning money, it's for homework
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        • Profile picture of the author tobyR
          Hi wouldn't be without 2 ever again. Had 2 for several years and its really useful if you're watchibng a training video on one and trying to do it on the other at the same time. Great learning tool I reckon
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          • Profile picture of the author Steadyon
            Multiple monitors are great.

            Here's my current setup:




            My electricity bill is a bit of a bummer though ;-)
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        • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
          Two monitors are very effective at helping you be more efficient especially for internet marketers who are constantly going from website to website, using documents and spreadsheets, etc.

          I found that my productivity increased a lot when using two monitors.

          It is a lot easier having two programs opened full screen then trying to fit everything on one screen or switching back and forth between them.

          I have tried using three screens, but I have not seen enough increase in productivity to justify using three screens.

          In fact, at times it seemed as if three screens slowed me down.
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        • Profile picture of the author margocales
          Would some of those who have said they use more than 2 monitors explain how they concentrate on doing so many different things at the same time.

          I can see a use when for example you are rendering a video, which takes a period of time, and you do not want to sit and wait before moving on. But how do you manage 3 or 4 projects all at the same time?
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          • Profile picture of the author markowe
            Originally Posted by margocales View Post

            Would some of those who have said they use more than 2 monitors explain how they concentrate on doing so many different things at the same time.

            I can see a use when for example you are rendering a video, which takes a period of time, and you do not want to sit and wait before moving on. But how do you manage 3 or 4 projects all at the same time?
            No, it's definitely not supposed to be about doing more than one project at the same time, it's about having everything related to one project laid out in front of you so you don't have to switch around and waste time.

            I gave a few examples in an earlier post but here's another one - I am in the translation business and it is common to have a source text in PDF and to be translating into Word. It is absolutely invaluable to have the PDF on one screen and Word on the other so I just glance to and fro, instead of having to split one screen between them and end looking through a letterbox at my document.

            The extra screen was one of my first investments in my business.
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        • Profile picture of the author DMCAPROS
          Ever since I switched to dual monitors I have been much more productive, I don't think I will ever go back to 1 monitor.
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  • Profile picture of the author sal64
    Anyone considering the move... don't wait for your business to grow in order to justify it. It wil be the best investment you can make.

    I have saved hundreds of hours of time on tasks that require multiple windows and/or apps running at the same time.
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  • Profile picture of the author sitecrawler
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    For me it is ok My Samsung 22" monitor, and i will not add any other monitors because i don't work at NASA.
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    • Profile picture of the author ronc0011
      Yep, two 19" flat screens. Been using this setup for years. I'd be lost without them.
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    • Profile picture of the author ronr
      Setting up a 2nd monitor to a PC is easier than you'd think. For MAC's some MAC user will probably tell us that the 2nd monitor jumps up on your desk and hooks itself up.

      Anyway two video outputs on your graphics card, each hooked up to a different monitor. Most modern graphics cards have at least 2 outputs. The normal VGA output and a 2nd one called a DVI output.

      Most people hook up their main monitor with the VGA output and a VGA video cable.

      Most monitors have a VGA and DVI input. For the 2nd monitor use a DVI cable or a VGA cable with a DVI adapter depending on whether your monitor has a DVI input.

      Then just go into your control panel display settings and adjust your settings. Just do a search on google and you'll find a lot of help information.

      Don't think you need to have a huge 2nd monitor for it to be helpful. I just used and old 14" monitor from an old computer to try it out and even that small second monitor has been a big help.

      Try it you'll find all kinds of uses for it.

      I hope this helps.

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      • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
        I've been using two monitors for about three years now. It has really improved my productivity. Especially when it comes to video editing and audio editing.

        I can simultaneously work on video and audio on the separate screens. Then, if I want to work in after effects I can do that as well.

        Plus, it really helps with article writing and things of that nature. You can have your research up on one monitor and do the typing on the other monitor. Or use Dragon NaturallySpeaking as I do :-)

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        • Profile picture of the author Kurt Abel
          I had 2 monitors and can't wait to go back. My office became our second son's bedroom and there just isn't enough room for 2 monitors on the desk that I use now. Counting down the time until my boys share a room and I can have my office back.
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          You look kind of like a microphone.

          Originally Posted by Shannon Herod View Post


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  • Profile picture of the author apoorv.parijat
    I do, actually. I have an iMac and recently added a Dell 24''. I'm into programming so it has huge effect on the productivity.
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      Originally Posted by xxxJamesxxx View Post

      And there's me thinking my 24 inch was big enough!

      ...Better upgrade!

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      Your 24 inch is big. But remember, how you use it matters too.
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I love my two monitor set up at work. At home I have a huge 27 inch screen so I can easily do all my work on one screen. At home I really like Windows 7's functionality where you can grab the window and drag it to the side of the screen and it auto fills just one side. It's very nice if you just have one screen as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author sal64
      Originally Posted by BloggingPro View Post

      I love my two monitor set up at work. At home I have a huge 27 inch screen so I can easily do all my work on one screen. At home I really like Windows 7's functionality where you can grab the window and drag it to the side of the screen and it auto fills just one side. It's very nice if you just have one screen as well.
      Yup, the Win7 feature is cool. I can basically have up to 6 windows open side by side on 2 monitors.

      Someone else touched on the the advantages of when writing. This is so true, especially when editing documents or creating similar copies.

      I also use one monitor (left) as my primary working monitor and put my shortcuts on the right screen, so that I can quickly find and open what I need without having to reduce windows all the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author weatherforecast
    It'a very good idea using 2 or more monitors at same time. IT helps you to make money faster than using 1 monitor. I will buy another one to relieve my work
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  • Profile picture of the author Markod123
    Hell Yeah!

    I Couldn't live without 2 monitors anymore, gonna go for 3 This year, if the misses lets me
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  • Profile picture of the author Just Lookin
    I use 3 a lot of the time I have one dv out to my 42" flat screen for watching Photoshop and coding tutorials, probably don't need the 3 but nice to have.

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  • Profile picture of the author alanbluecat
    I used to have dual screens in my 9-5 job back in 2003 and it was great for productivity. Don't know why I have never tried this at home especially as I mainly use my laptop on the desk beside my pc which normally goes unused now. It has a great large screen rightin front of me on the desk which is rarely switched on. Going to hook it up to the laptop now for a dual screen.
    Even better, I have another large flatscreen monitor gathering dust in a cupboard so might even go for a triple screen display now.
    It has crossed my mind from time to time but now that I've seen this thread I'm going to do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author itsallwhite
    Its something I have been tempted to do for a while but kept putting it on the pile of things to do - now I've got my video camera, headset and webcam it might be the next investment. Anything to improve productivitiy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    No, and I don't care to either.

    I've only got one head, and two eyes. That means I can only watch one screen at a time.

    If I need to run two apps at the same time, I can launch them both on the same screen, and switch between them via alt/tab.

    If I need to see two websites on the web, most browsers have what is called 'tabbed browsing' which does the same thing. If that isn't enough, I can again open multiple instances of the web browser, and again switch between them via alt tab.

    The only people I've seen benefit from multi monitors, are hard core fps gamers and serious flight sim fans...both of whem do it for a more immersive experience.

    So, if you want to run your electric bill up for the sake of a novelty, by all means don't let me stop you. I just don't see anything you can do with that kind of screen real estate that I can't do with a couple of keyboard clicks.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
      Originally Posted by Floyd Fisher View Post

      I just don't see anything you can do with that kind of screen real estate that I can't do with a couple of keyboard clicks.
      Especially for you, Floyd....

      In the photo you can see a single workspace of a free-form diagramming application called Zengobi Curio spread across two screens.

      The larger the area, the more notes, tables, index cards, mind maps, photos & video clips I can put onto it. If I had to scroll or tab or switch to see other items in the same workspace, it would be much harder to track the connections between those many items.

      (Excuse the messy cables, I've tidied them up with a 13-port USB hub since this was taken)

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  • Profile picture of the author John Williamson
    Haha sure am, I love it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sal64
    A classic example is when I am repurposing existing documents. I have the original document open at 75% and it shows 6 pages on the screen.

    I then have the working doc opened on the screen and I can quickly copy, paste or move around content at will without scrolling etc.

    Dual monitors save me at least 1 hour time wasting per day. Even if you value your time at $25 per hour, that's $125 in 5 days.
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    • Profile picture of the author Robert Oliver
      I am a user and have never looked back.

      answering email, surfing the Warrior Forum,

      building websites and playing solitaire all at one time.

      You gotta love it.

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      • Profile picture of the author sal64
        Originally Posted by Robert Oliver View Post

        playing solitaire all at one time.

        You gotta love it.

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        ^^^^ this ^^^^ sadly...

        Off topic, but is anyone using one of those all-in-one desktop machines with touch screen?
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  • Profile picture of the author joshimo
    I'm in... going to two...
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    So, if you want to run your electric bill up for the sake of a novelty, by all means don't let me stop you. I just don't see anything you can do with that kind of screen real estate that I can't do with a couple of keyboard clicks.
    Save time......

    Seriously, you waste like 5 seconds every time you switch between windows and sometimes when I used to have like 10 tabs open I had to look through all the tabs to find what I was looking for and once I found the tab I had to scroll through the whole page to find the darn thing and after copying I had to switch back to Word etc.

    I often wasted like 20-40+ seconds trying to find exactly what I wanted.

    Also, when I am clicking multiple times in like 5 different windows and programs to find what I am looking for, I lose focus.

    And who can forget the old "oh, jimmy just sent me an email" problem. While looking for something you come across your email tab and here is a new email from an awesome marketer who is giving you "ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY that will CHANGE the internet FOREVER" and then suddenly you jump on that because you don't want to miss out and there goes all your productivity.

    Multiple screens work best for me and they save me tons of time and help me stick to the task and not lose focus.

    So there is my reason for using multiple screens. It's not for "novelty" but it serves a very important purpose (makes me productive and helps me stay on task - I love being redundant )

    EDIT: BTW, I too was a huge skeptic and was a "one screen FTW" kinda person but like they say "Once you go multiple, you never go back "
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  • Profile picture of the author Trinidad
    for me, i use only two which one is my main laptops and anther one is LCD :p
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  • Profile picture of the author helterskelter
    Ah! Great thread. I've been considering incorporating a second monitor in our upcoming setup because all the toggling back and forth was driving me batty... thought I was a bit nuts thinking it would make a difference in productivity... but apparently that's the case! Thanks for all the info about setting it up.
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  • Profile picture of the author sal64
    Sadly I am old enough to remember when people told me they had no use for a fax... or a cellphone for that matter.

    I challenge anyone to try it for a few months then go back to a single monitor. I just took my laptop away on my vacation and frankly, it drove me nuts.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by sal64 View Post

      Sadly I am old enough to remember when people told me they had no use for a fax... or a cellphone for that matter.

      I challenge anyone to try it for a few months then go back to a single monitor. I just took my laptop away on my vacation and frankly, it drove me nuts.
      They've already devised a solution for that scenario (and I'm sure this will be improved over time as well), now you have portable slim USB monitors that you can bring on vacation with you -

      Mobile Monitor
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      • Profile picture of the author sal64
        Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

        They've already devised a solution for that scenario (and I'm sure this will be improved over time as well), now you have portable slim USB monitors that you can bring on vacation with you -

        Mobile Monitor
        Actually...

        Annoying is good when on vacation. It means I actually stay off the computer.
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        • Profile picture of the author paulie888
          Originally Posted by sal64 View Post

          Actually...

          Annoying is good when on vacation. It means I actually stay off the computer.
          Well, then again with a multiple monitor set up while you're on vacation you could be a lot more efficient and get your essential work done in less time, leaving you with more leisure time in the process.
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          • Profile picture of the author sal64
            Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

            Well, then again with a multiple monitor set up while you're on vacation you could be a lot more efficient and get your essential work done in less time, leaving you with more leisure time in the process.
            Yeah, you sell that concept to my wife and I'm in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    I currently have 2... 1-27" and 1-32" monitors and about to add a 2nd 32" to keep my spread sheets open at all times. I've been looking into it and it might be just as easy to go to 4...
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  • Profile picture of the author trishworks4u
    I have been using 2 monitors for several years now and am completely paralyzed w/out them. I can't get a thing done w/ just one.

    I've even expanded on the 2 monitors (people who have seen it think I'm mad ).

    I have 3 more laptops open and running up on a shelf nearby - just out of reach. I run things like TweetAttacks, Scrapebox and BookmarkingDemon on them. Now, instead of actually getting up and walking over to the shelf, I log into them via TeamViewer on 1 of my 2 Monitors and work on them from there.

    5 screens moving at once. :p
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by trishworks4u View Post

      I have been using 2 monitors for several years now and am completely paralyzed w/out them. I can't get a thing done w/ just one.

      I've even expanded on the 2 monitors (people who have seen it think I'm mad ).

      I have 3 more laptops open and running up on a shelf nearby - just out of reach. I run things like TweetAttacks, Scrapebox and BookmarkingDemon on them. Now, instead of actually getting up and walking over to the shelf, I log into them via TeamViewer on 1 of my 2 Monitors and work on them from there.

      5 screens moving at once. :p
      That's a great idea, using Teamviewer would be really helpful especially if you need software to be running continuously on some of your computers.
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      • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
        I use 4!

        1: Porn
        2: Porn
        3: Porn
        4: Porn

        I work from home because I have "problems."
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      • Profile picture of the author trishworks4u
        Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

        That's a great idea, using Teamviewer would be really helpful especially if you need software to be running continuously on some of your computers.
        well, laziness can be mother of some of the best innovations.

        you have no idea how irritated I get when I actually have to "get up" and walk that 1 step to hit a button on one of those laptops.
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  • Profile picture of the author war3rd
    Actually 8 monitors here on one machine. And yes, I actually do use them all...
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  • Profile picture of the author tencentpiece
    I have two 22inch monitors and then a 40 inch display above the wall behind me (mostly just so I can show clients pretty graphs). I saw a huge improvement in my workload after adding the second monitor.

    I also have my laptop which is on a slide out part of the desk next to me and I mostly use that for automation tasks.
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  • Profile picture of the author mattr2110
    2 monitors heck yea
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    i am using 4 monitors for a perfect view ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Sagar Mehta
    Hmm, looks like I gotta switch to at least 2 monitors - something I've been putting off since the last 6 months...

    Cause my screen is undergoing a population explosion!
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    • What an awesome thread!
      2 monitors definitely helps increase productivity!
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanAndrews
    My vision can only take in one screen at a time, and linux workspaces is like having a wall of virtual monitors that I can pan though.
    I don't really see the need to take up physical space when I have so much virtual space to play on.
    But then again, I'm not a gamer.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tashi Mortier
      I have 3 screens, it's just perfect when I want to do some web development.

      On one screen I can have my reference manuals, on the other I can look at the final web page and on the third I can do the editing and working stuff.

      I know I could switch around but that just always takes time, my eyes have to adjust etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author Flamboyantegg
      Originally Posted by RyanAndrews View Post

      My vision can only take in one screen at a time, and linux workspaces is like having a wall of virtual monitors that I can pan though.
      I don't really see the need to take up physical space when I have so much virtual space to play on.
      But then again, I'm not a gamer.
      Ryan, I'd definitely suggest trying multiple monitor's out sometime. It might not FEEL like it'd make a huge difference, but... Well... It somehow does!

      I've used the virtual-monitor technology a little before, it is definitely still much better than only one single virtual-monitor, but I still find having 2+ physical monitors superior.

      I've been running 2 or 3 monitors for years now; amazing for both highly productive times with lots of windows floating around AND for the monotonous moments where I'm clicking buttons on one screen and watching a video on the other.

      <3 to multiple monitors!
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      • Profile picture of the author Tashi Mortier
        Originally Posted by Flamboyantegg View Post

        Ryan, I'd definitely suggest trying multiple monitor's out sometime. It might not FEEL like it'd make a huge difference, but... Well... It somehow does!
        You can have multiple books on your desk with bookmarks in them. But your eyes have to find the spot where they left off the last time each and every time you re-open the book.

        Now do the same with the books staying open, you will be much faster switching between the books.

        (Don't count the time it takes to open the book)
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
    I only run on a Toshiba Laptop and that works fine for me as of now. I don't see the need for me to use 2 monitors quite yet.
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