Recently I have set up a second monitor for my computer. Having used it for a few days I found it to be quite useful as there is twice as much space to keep everything organized. Also I don’t need to switch back and forth between windows when I’m copying stuff down, reading an article, doing research or organizing ideas. Right now as I write this article I am writing it in one window while I talk to Geoff about the site and look at my brain-storm in the other. The only thing you have to watch out for with two screens is you have to make sure you stay focused, having all that bright light can be distracting.
Whether you are an everyday housewife or an important CEO having two screens is useful on many different levels. Often while checking emails and working on other projects, you wish you just had more space then the tiny monitor you are stuck on. If you decide to get a bigger monitor it doesn’t really help the situation, because all that happens is the same stuff gets bigger. Having a bigger monitor only helps of you drastically change the resolution. So the most logical conclusion would be to set up an additional monitor. Although two monitors sounds nice it isn’t exactly for everyone. Take a look at some pros and cons:
Some of the things you will need to set up two screens are:
If you are missing the second video card be careful when installing it, If you don’t know where it would go or what it would look like please for the safety of you and computer do not try installing it yourself, get a technician or bring it in to a computer shop to install the card and help set up your monitors.
“So should I get a multi-monitor setup?”
Ultimately the answer depends on how you use the computer. A multi-monitor setup can drastically increase your productivity, allowing you to multi-task like never before. If you are the type of person who has a one-track mind, or likes to focus on one thing at a time, this is not for you. For example If you tend to focus on a single task in your web editor, the extra screen would probably be a waste of money and just another distraction. On the other hand, If you would also like to check your email or find references online while doing a task, using an extra screen could save you a ton of effort.
Windows 2000 and XP both have dual screen support but do not extend their task bars onto those screens to stay more organized and efficient I recommend getting Oscar’s Multi-Monitor taskbar, A Free application that will easily resolve the issue.