One monitor is great, but two? Fantastic!

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With the price of flat panel monitors continuing to drop, many people are opting to actually have two monitors. I have done this at my office, and I can tell you it is wonderful. Some may view this as unnecessary and excessive, but I can tell you that once you have tried it, it is difficult to go back to using just one monitor at a time.

One of the advantages is that you can have one program open all the time, and viewable, on one screen while you are working on the other screen. I generally have my email open to see when something new comes in, and the other one has Photoshop, Firefox, or some other program that I am frequently using.

I have mine side by side like this:

You can also get mounts that will arrange them in a top/bottom fashion as well, depending on your preference. Some mounts will do either.

Another fun thing is that you can have one single wallpaper image that is spread over the 2 monitors. Here are some sites for dual-monitor wallpapers:

Dual Monitor Backgrounds

Dual Monitor Desktop Backgrounds

Wallpaper collection

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Adam J
June 5th, 2008

My papa (Mom’s dad) has a two monitor screen saver in his office, too. It’s pretty cool.

June 9th, 2008

Scott: 9 Jun 08
What prompts things to go to either monitor or one or the other?…and is this only happening for whatever is dedicated to either of the monitors??…does info or projects displayed pass back and forth between the monitors???
Alhadji Dean

Scott Johnson
June 9th, 2008

You can set it so that each monitor displays the same thing (not very efficient) or you can set it so that your desktop stretches over two monitors. In that scenario, if you drag your mouse it will just move from one monitor to the other. You can also drag windows or programs from one monitor over to the other one. It really makes work more efficient to have twice as much space to use.