chrishoffman — 2013-10-28T06:41:22-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/174452/beginner-geek-how-to-use-multiple-monitors-to-be-more-productive/
Many people swear by multiple monitors, whether they’re geeks or just people who need to be productive. Why use just one monitor when you can use two or more and see more at once?
cambo — 2013-10-28T07:24:50-04:00 — #2
You can also use USB-VGA adapters if you don't have any more DVI or VGA adapters onboard. The USB performance isn't high-end Game worthy, but it definitely fits the bill if you're doing simple stuff. Then again, if you're gaming, you've probably installed dual or triple video cards anyway.
I use a USB-VGA adapter at work all day and never had a problem. Does what it says.
robotsneedhugs2 — 2013-10-28T08:35:58-04:00 — #3
I need this in my life
smithderek76 — 2013-10-28T12:39:05-04:00 — #4
I have a all in one desktop that I have connected to 5 USB display adapters and use the HDMI port to mirror my main screen on a 60 inch HDTV across the room. Once you start use multiple monitors you will never want to go back so much more convenient
ron007 — 2013-10-28T13:00:27-04:00 — #5
Yes, using multi-monitors is great once you give it a try.
The one thing I do that I rarely see elsewhere is on a 2 monitor setup I use one in "Landscape" (ie normal) orientation and the other in "Portrait".
Spreadsheets are naturally landscape, and Word documents are naturally Portrait. Web pages can be either, but I tend to keep my browser on the Portrait monitor
gr3gw — 2013-10-28T16:39:04-04:00 — #6
Another program that puts the taskbar on secondary monitors is Actual Window Monitor (www.actualtools.com). Window Manager does far more than manage secondary taskbars but it includes this function.
aequitasvkilo — 2013-10-28T17:52:20-04:00 — #7
The image for this article shows three monitors with different wallpapers on each. Is there a way to do this (in Windows) without third-party software?
fray — 2013-10-29T00:42:00-04:00 — #8
There are only two actual pieces of multi-monitor software - Actual Multiple Monitors and Display Fusion. I reccomend AMM, because it develop quickly, than DF. It has more useful features, better tech support, and the same price.
rhyss_edwards — 2013-10-29T06:18:41-04:00 — #10
I frequently have my work laptop next to my work desktop for the day. I use Synergy so I dont need to use 2 keyboards and mice. It is also cross platform and free (but please donate).
smithderek76 — 2013-10-29T16:57:11-04:00 — #11
Yeah I keep two of my monitors in portrait usually use it to browse read Kindle books or comic book scans
drexir — 2013-10-31T13:37:44-04:00 — #12
Yea I'm glad you posted that. Because it helps me bring up a point. When gaming multi-monitor setups are terrible in my opinion. Even though he has decent monitors without huge bezels on them. And the fact that he's using a nice multi-monitor stand (probably one from ergotech). With all that said it still looks ugly. I would hate to spend all that money on a setup and it being ugly. That's like buying a Ferrari and it looking like this 1
I suppose it would look better if it was just a triple monitor setup instead of 5 like shown in the video cause then you would have only two bezels on your viewing screen. However if it's for video editing or anything in a productive environment yea it's beneficial but gaming? Heck no. That's just my personal opinion.
olivia — 2014-01-24T17:49:04-05:00 — #13
I hope people are still reading this. I think I know how to do this, but I want to have a stand-up desk and sit down desk using the same computer. Do I simply get a longer cable to plug a second monitor into the computer and then can I switch in Win7 telling it which monitor I want to use?
localhost — 2014-01-24T18:08:28-05:00 — #14
Pretty much. Its really that simple.