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Old May 22, 2011, 08:17 AM
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I found a 17inch monitor that was just gathering dust off to the side of one of our computers so I hooked it up to my system and now i have 1 22inch and 1 17inch and so far I"m finding windows has very little, we'll call it support, for a secondary monitor. So I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for uses of a second monitor. Currently I'm mainly using it to look at 2 things maximized at the same time, and I have to say even the ability to look at 2 webpages, or webpage and email, etc, is extremely nice. Nothing squished to half of my screen. Do wish full screen programs wouldnt minimize every time I clicked on the other screen though.
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Old May 22, 2011, 08:40 AM
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I agree that Windows doesn't really properly manage multiple displays. You should have a look at something like Ultramon. This should add some useful functionality to make dual displays a little easier.
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Old May 22, 2011, 08:53 AM
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didn't say who's video adapter/card using Nvidia here works well using dual moniters
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Old May 26, 2011, 08:13 PM
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Having multiple monitors is nice, well a necessity for me now but I guess it depends on what you use them for. I've been using multiple monitors for a lot of years. I use three on my main rig, a 24" flanked by two 20"ers.

A little tip - and a little story. When I first plugged in a second monitor it didn't get much use at all, used it to look at two web sites at a time and a few other things and I almost just got rid of it. I decided to make a concentrated effort to make myself use it more. Before long it was natural to use it and found using a computer with a single display a PITA. The same thing happened when I had a spare monitor kicking around. I put in a cheap vanilla vid card to give me the extra port and again the third monitor sat there unused until I forced myself to use it and now I use all three all the time. Moral of the story is USE THAT MONITOR! You won't go back once you're used to it.

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Do wish full screen programs wouldnt minimize every time I clicked on the other screen though.
I've never seen that before, ever. Windows handles multiple monitors just fine though win7 has some nice new features for this. Unfortunately I don't know where to tell you to look for a solution to that, gotta be some stupid setting. What version of windows are you using and how did you configure the second monitor?
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