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Top Reasons To Use a Dual Monitor

Updated on July 26, 2014

Top Uses For Multiple Monitors

Dual Monitors aren't just for gamer's and big time stock brokers -

Back in "2001" I was doing a lot of spread sheet work, which included working off of as many as a dozen pages at the same time. This involved a lot of tedious movement; right click, copy, switch view, right click, paste, switch view, again and again.

Another problem with working off of this many stacked views is that it is terribly easy to lose track of, or forget exactly what you are looking for, or even where you were. It's an issue that occurs more frequently with fatigue, and age.

If we go back back to when I first learned of the concept multiple screen set ups (about fifteen yeas ago) they were not as common as they are now. In fact they were very uncommon. I learned about the idea from reading an article that extolled the virtue of multi-screening for gamers. I'm not a big gamer, but I knew immediately this was something I must have. The rest is history and Iv'e been running two monitors ever since.

You will be pleased to know that these days most PC's and Lap Tops are already equipped to accept two or more monitors, regardless of the purpose; gaming, editing, or spreadsheet work. It may go without saying, but in the early days of dual monitors for PC's we had to add an extra port and upgrade the software, in order to accommodate this.

Maybe you've never considered a second monitor or maybe you have, but once you make the move you should find yourself becoming more focused on the job at hand, and ultimately more efficient.

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Multiple Monitors For Working In Spreadsheets

If you have spent any amount of time transferring data from one spread sheet to another or any document to another for that matter. Your probably quite familiar with the copy paste function. The problem with working on multiple documents within a single screen environment is that you need to continuously bring the page you are working on to the top of the screen.

Of course as an alternative you can try reducing the size of the documents and squeezing them next to each other. The issue here, as we know, is that the document view may become too small to read or to function in. Even the split screen option in Windows 8 although easy to use, is not easy to see.

Using multiple screens makes it very easy to keep two or more documents open and in plain sight, reducing the back and forth activity.

Halter Dual Monitor Stand Desk Clamp for 27-Inch LCD Monitors (YKHL2MNT)
Halter Dual Monitor Stand Desk Clamp for 27-Inch LCD Monitors (YKHL2MNT)

This Dual LCD Monitor Stand desk clamp holds up to 24" lcd monitors by Tyke Supply is one of the highest rated and most popular dual monitor stands available at Amazon, with over 350 Five Star Reviews.

The stand will hold two flat screen monitors with each having a width up to 24". Fully adjustable and easy to install desk clamp.


Reduce Errors Caused by Working From A Single Screen

When you can compare pages side by side, you become more efficient and more accurate. Proofreading is much easier within a multi-screen environment, and it helps minimize errors during the process. With a system that has more than one screen you are less likely to transfer the wrong data and less likely to move data incorrectly into another document.

Write Articles On The Fly

Whether writing an article, or for building a Squidoo lens, it's no news that you can get the bulk of you research information from the internet. The thing is it once again can become a royal pain to flip back and forth between the web and your document pages.

With a second monitor you can keep your web research pages open in one and your word processing document open in another. What most people who use multiple screens find to be true is that they can write many of their articles, especially shorter ones, on the fly with two screens open.

If you're using Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, Windows 8

If you're using either the Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista or XP operating system you should already have software installed that allows your PC or Laptop to be dual monitor compatible.

All that's left is to find that spare monitor you've been hiding in the closet and the rest is as easy as plug and play. Here's a link to the Microsoft tutorial.

Quad Monitors For Security - Quad Computer Screen Array

Quad Monitor Stand Desktop Clamp Holds up to 27" Widescreen Displays NEW
Quad Monitor Stand Desktop Clamp Holds up to 27" Widescreen Displays NEW

Another use for multi-monitor interface is for use with camera security systems. Using a single screen with a security system means, simply, that you cannot see everything that is going on. You in fact are only getting snapshots of activity in real time.

For those areas that need constant surveillance a dedicated monitor screen is a simple fix. In fact with a Quad array you can monitor three areas 24/7 and utilize the fourth to rotate through the less sensitive areas of your surveillance.

One of the highest rated and most popular Quad Monitor Stands at Amazon is the Quad LCD Monitor stand Fully adjustable New


Have You Used Dual Monitors?

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      saphisquid 4 years ago

      sooner, I will apply it in my room :)

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      GupteComputer 4 years ago

      I like everything about dual monitors except the borders which add thick, black lines in your content.

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      Dual monitors are amazing. I used to have a dual monitor setup and it made working and playing much more efficient. Going back to dual monitors as soon as I have the space for it again.

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      I like gaming, 3 monitors would be awesome... 2 would be great for working online. :) Nice page, thanks for sharing these resources.

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      @Bulbs1: I don't think the number of monitors is the issue. : )

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      Bulbs1 5 years ago

      One downside of dual monitors is that they make it easier for the mind to wander. They're a great tool, but keep your primary focus on one screen if you want to get any work done!

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      iyandri lm 5 years ago

      dual monitor very useful for stock or foreign exchange trader

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I haven't but I agree that using dual monitors will be helpful. I spend most of my day in front of my computer.

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      This is some great insight into this. I've seen two in use but I've never tried it. It really would be helpful to me. Squid Angel blessed.

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      My partner used to have 3 screens, he was a day trader and due to the fact he was so good at it we only have Wednesdays and Thursday left now . . (we think that is very funny). Seriously though he does rue the day we decided it was too much and gave them away. He is now just a mono screen (32" though) man. BUT, this would be brilliant for me as I work on 3 sites at a time marketing. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Once you've used a dual monitor system, it's very hard to go back to one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @BobZau: It would sure be nice to have a dual monitor. :)

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      Bob Zau 6 years ago

      I've used a dual monitor system since "2004" and can't remember what it was like without them.