I have been issued a second monitor at work, and now I'm looking for ways to use it effectively.
Much of what I find on the net via searching is step by step "click here, do this" for setting up multiple monitors, not techniques for effective use. When I find something on how to use dual monitors, it is often general description of things a user might do rather than specifics of what the writer actually does.
There are some links that have at least some information that is on topic:
I found some links that are generally what I'm looking for, but mostly still not specific:
- http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/48674/how-to-use-multiple-monitors-effectivelly is closed, but has good information in the comments
Exactly on target is Ways to Use Multiple Monitors in Desktop Publishing. Unfortunately, I don't work in desktop publishing, so most of this is not directly useful to me. I can extrapolate some of it to techniques I might try.
And there's a contrary opinion at Discovering Two Screens Aren’t Better Than One
On this site, there are a couple of related but not quite responsive questions:
- Does more display space make you more productive?
- Does multiple computer screens reduce productivity?
I'm not interested in the question of whether productivity is altered, I'm looking for specific techniques that you use to maximize your productivity using multiple monitors.
I think the ideal answer probably explains whether the screens are equal or primary and secondary, what kinds of things are placed on each, the principles that affected the choice of what goes where, when something moves from one monitor to another, and how all of that makes you more productive.