Boost Your Productivity with a Dual Monitor Setup

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With the proliferation of information channels, you end up spending a lot of time navigating from one application window to another. A dual-monitor setup can help you boost your productivity and improve your ability to multitask, making it easier to manage your surplus of open windows and applications.

Advantages of Using Dual Screens

A multi-monitor setup gives you the ability to view, monitor, or perform multiple tasks simultaneously. This type of configuration is already widespread in professions relating to the world of graphic design, video editing, and web design, and now, more and more professionals are seeing the benefits of the dual-monitor setup.

In 2011, Dell conducted a study on a group of professionals to measure the effects of the dual-screen setup in the workplace. The tests showed a 44% increase in productivity when working with word processors (text editing), and a 29% increase when working with spreadsheets. Ultimately, these study indicated that employees completed tasks an average of 2 minutes and 30 seconds faster when using a dual-monitor setup. Dell concluded that using dual monitors allows you to "do more in less time" stating, "Although two minutes doesn't sound like a lot, it adds up quickly when multiplied by task and employee."

Dual-monitor setup is the ideal solution for professionals who regularly use laptops. Laptops can be connected to a larger secondary monitor, often resulting in improved on-screen readability and better visual comfort.

Manage Multiple Tasks Simultaneously

The use of multiple screens allows users to navigate from one application to another without having to close or minimize open windows.

Note that a more powerful graphics card and additional RAM may be required to run multiple programs simultaneously.

Compare Documents

Using multiple monitors allows you to view and compare documents more quickly than when using just one monitor. This side-by-side comparison view also allows you to easily make manipulations to documents without the need to switch back and forth between windows.

Keep an Eye Out for New Updates

A dual-monitor setup allows you to keep an eye out for important messages, updates, or even install updates without disrupting your workflow.

Multi-Screen: The Prerequisites

Before attempting to install a second screen, you should do a check to make sure that you have all the ports necessary for a second monitor.

You should also verify the size and resolution of each monitor you would like to use. Monitors with similar characteristics (i.e. image quality, display technology, and resolution) usually offer better visuals for the user.

How To Connect a Second Screen

While the installation of a second screen is easy and straightforward (plug and play), it will still require a graphics card with a two-monitor input. Make sure that you have the appropriate cables and connectors. Some computers also feature an HDMI port allowing you to connect to HD screens.

Setting Up Your Second Screen

In most cases, your PC or Mac will automatically detect the second screen. If the second screen is not detected, you should check the connection and restart your computer.

Once the connection has been established, go to Display Settings, and choose the display mode that suits you best:

The Dual View will offer two independent monitors with which to work. This view will allow you to run different applications on each screen.

The Duplicate Mode will display the same screen on both monitors.

The Extended Mode will stretch the desktop on both screens. This versatile option allows you to easily switch from one application to another, and to move fluidly from screen to screen.

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