Using Multiple Monitors
It is possible to maximize the size of your workstation on the desktop as well as your productivity when you attach an additional monitor to your computer.
To give you an example, you can type and edit on a Microsoft word document on one monitor and surf the internet in your favorite web browser on the adjacent monitor.
Basically you have two computer monitors that are adjacent to one another in which allows you to move your documents interchangeably. The first monitor serve as the primary monitor that display all the user graphic interphases and the dialog boxes. These dialog boxes are what appears on the primary monitor when you turn on your computer.
If you’re planning on adding a second monitor to your computer you need to make sure that your computer can accept an extra display adapter. This adapter will be use to connect the second monitor to produce a second but separate display. Keep in mind that old computers might require a separate hardware device to support multiple monitors and so that it will be able to communicate with an additional monitor.
Once the compatible display adapter has been installed properly on your computer, you will need to restart your computer right away so that the Windows operating system can detect it. When Windows detect an additional hardware, it will generally find the best related software it can install so that the hardware can utilize with the current operating system.
Once the right software has been installed on your computer so that the operating system can detect the external monitor, you will need to go to the Control Panel. Once you’re in the Control Panel double-click the Classic View option and then click on the Settings tab. You will now need to find the icon for the secondary monitor that you want to utilize. Once you located the icon, put a tick mark on the box that states Extend My Windows Desktop into This Monitor. Then click the apply tab so that the secondary monitor becomes activated.
If you decided to arrange multiple monitors you can simply select the monitor icons and bring them to the preview window so that you can decide which positions you want it to be.
You can also adjust the color settings and screen resolutions for your primary and secondary monitor base on your preferences.
If you don’t have a secondary monitor or your computer does not support multiple monitors what you can do is set up a Virtual Desktop Manager that will allow you to simulate multiple monitors on your primary computer monitor. The Virtural Desktop Manager is a neat little program that is part of PowerToys in Windows XP operating system.
And if your operating system does not comes with the PowerToys, you can download this free utility programs from Microsoft’s website.
When the Virtual Desktop Manager has been installed on your computer you will notice that your screen are split into adjacent square shaped virtual monitors.
Additionally, each of the four virtual monitors on your computer can be customize individually in which you can install different wallpaper pictures and desktop icons.