Let me ask you a few questions… Do you multitask from several software applications at the same time? Do you want to be twice as productive from your computer?
Technology Tip #89 – Setting Up the Double Monitors
Have you ever walked into someone’s office and noticed two screens by their computer? This is one of the quickest ways to increase desktop productivity. In fact, if you can switch back and forth, you can double it. And, once you get used to it, you won’t want to go back to only one monitor.
Here are some examples of what can be done on multiple screens:
– Set appointments faster by using one screen to manage your contacts and another for checking your schedule on your digital calendar.
– Browse the web on one monitor while writing blog posts on the other.
– Access financial reports on one screen while making financial decisions from the second.
– Search the multiple listing service (MLS) on one monitor while using tax records on the other.
You can buy a good flat screen computer monitor for less than a few hundred dollars. But, you must first have a video graphics card installed on the computer. Check your computer specs to see if the option is already available. Look at the back of the computer and see if there are two plugs for monitor screens. A dual monitor card will run $50 to $75 before installation. Before you buy your next computer ask the representative about the extra video graphics card for dual monitors, If it’s not already installed, ask the salesperson to do so for an additional charge. Also, don’t forget to buy an extra cable for the second monitor. As a result, you’ll be able to…
– Multitask between applications.
– Save time opening and closing windows.
– Get more done sitting at the computer. I know people who work from three, four or five different monitors. While that may be going overboard, think of how much more you can get done if you just have one more screen.
Your friend, Doug