Hello Everyone!

My tip for today is: Use Multiple Monitors!

I know that many of you are already doing this, but, for the folks that might be new to WA, and, or, new to computing, it is a good tip that will make working on your websites or your training here much easier!

I would be absolutely lost without the extra desktop area provided by an additional monitor. If you are not doing this already, just imagine what it would be like to have one monitor to work on, and another for your research or training!

While it is certainly not a requirement, it makes so many things a lot easier. For example, while you are doing the classes here at WA, you could be watching Kyle's video lessons on one monitor, and implementing what you are learning on your website on another monitor at the same time!

This is a technique that I learned to use a long time ago and I'm sure it has improved my efficiency immensely.

Many years ago, if you wanted to use multiple monitors on your PC you would have to install a second graphics processing adapter to your machine to do it. But, for a long time now computers have come standard with the ability to use two monitors.Even laptops usually have a video port where you plug in an additional monitor.

To make it even easier, there are monitors that connect via a USB connection and they may even be powered by that USB connection. This makes adding an additional monitor super easy!

If you are not using multiple monitors already give this a try! You will likely never want to go back to a single display again.


Please like, comment, and share, if you found this information helpful!

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Tom

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RDoren Premium
Yes. It sure beats toggling back and forth between tabs. A great tip. Thanks Tom.
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WTucker1 Premium
super suggestion
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Cmcaren Premium
You are right, having two monitors has improved my ability to listen to Kyle on one monitor as I follow along the lesson on the other monitor.

There is no way I would go back to one monitor! In fact I'm thinking about adding a third monitor.

Thanks for such a wonderful article.

Camber
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Tw1 Premium
You will appreciate the extra workspace I'm sure!
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CDixon1 Premium
I listen/watch videos on my IPad while working on my desktop. Not quite the same but close enough for now.
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Tw1 Premium
A great alternative!
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loriC1 Premium
I could not multi task with a second monitor, I would get so CONFUSED.
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Tw1 Premium
You really should give it a try!
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BusyGirl Premium
I saw multiple monitors in action at the dispatch desk at the local pd and knew I had to have two... it was only awkward for the first 20 minutes or so! You can get accustomed to anything you set your mind to... and this is such a time saver!
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BusyGirl Premium
I saw multiple monitors in action at the dispatch desk at the local pd and knew I had to have two... it was only awkward for the first 20 minutes or so! You can get accustomed to anything you set your mind to... and this is such a time saver!
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drcmaint Premium
Yup. I do this on my Macs as well as my PC.
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WaynePro Premium
Hi Tom, Great suggestions! I never really thought of the benefits but you outlined some very good reasons to do this. Thanks for sharing this info.

Wayne
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Tw1 Premium
Thanks Wayne!
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abdul11 Premium
Ha I like that
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JanP2 Premium
I find that using my desktop computer these days is less efficient than my simple Chromebook for working through WA lessons and building my website. In fact, my Android smartphone with all those apps available is often more convenient and effective for learning new things. I am no longer confined to a cubicle!
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mickeyb123 Premium
I have almost always thought about doing this, but then I would have to get a bigger desk!
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ericpierre Premium
I agree with you Tom. I too have two. Thanks for sharing this with us! And have a great weekend.
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peterma Premium
that's a good idea..I think I'll try it..thanks for sharing, and the very best to you.
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krystlezee Premium
I love having multiple monitors! The way I do it is attach an HDMI cable between my laptop and my TV. I like working on a bigger screen.
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Emeolu Premium
Good idea.
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Loes Premium
Looks great, I would have to use the TV, and I don't think my home mates are ready to give that up
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SteveWalker Premium
You are absolutely right. Just can't afford a second monitor right now.
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flyinghigh Premium
Brilliant idea. Thanks.
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albert22 Premium
I've been using one laptop with a second monitor connected. You're right. Being able to split things between the two screens really comes in handy - things don't appear so crowded.
Thanks -
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Tw1 Premium
Thanks for the comment Albert!
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EltonThomas Premium
I have been using dual monitors for over ten years now, back then is was more expensive to configure the system...now I use a Dell with dual monitors in the XPS 8700 series. I have even contemplated having a third port installed for an additional one.

I can't imagine trying to do all of the research on a single system.
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Tw1 Premium
You might want to consider a USB monitor
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EltonThomas Premium
My son was saying the same thing.....apparently I can do that, however is it independent and can I run true separate window?
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Moz Premium
...in my case two laptops, but it took me forever to actually use both of them at once, so your advice is good to get people thinking! I've been doing it for a year and would never be without at least two screens now. It is amazing how many things we can be doing at the same time, espc if the computer or connection is in any way slow! I also plug the tv into the computer - nice size and sound and can view from all over the room...
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Tw1 Premium
Hi Moz!

Thanks for the great suggestion to use the TV! Most TV's these days are capable of being a great monitor too!

That is a great suggestion!
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Moz Premium
:D it took me a long time to get round to it, but it is a game changer! It's good to rise a topic on this to get people to be aware of the resources they have but may not be using!
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Alewishes Premium
An absolute must!
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MKearns Premium
You could minimize one display but it shrinks your perceptions!
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TedBliss Premium
Glad you mentioned it. People will find the efficiency of their work increase greatly. I'm using three monitors and might add a fourth when business picks up.

Keep it coming - everything helps. Ted
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susanmacneil Premium
This is great advice.

I have been using two monitors for some time.

I am working on a MacBook Pro Laptop. I connected my older monitor, which did not have a USB port, by using the adaptor shown below.
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Tw1 Premium
Excellent! Thanks for sharing!
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JacksRawl Premium
Couldn't agree with you more. I have been doing video editing for many years and have used 2 monitors for a very long time. Little did I know how handy 2 monitors would be using WA. Watching Kyles videos on one monitor while working on the other definitely increases productivity and workflow I agree
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Tw1 Premium
Thanks for that confirmation Jack!
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pablocortina Premium
Hadn't thought of this. Sounds like a great idea
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