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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How To Use Dual Monitors with Your Computer

Do you use a dual monitor? I am LOVING mine. It took me a while to join the team, even though my husband has always used one. As I was watching him work it sure looked easier to click and drag from one screen to the next than opening and closing windows like I was doing. So you might ask, “What took you so long to get that second monitor?” WEEEELLLLLL, as you know if you read my blog, it comes at no surprise that I am not the most tech savvy person…and that’s saying it lightly!!!   I hate not knowing how to do things for myself, but  I finally sucked it up and asked him if I could do that using the tv that sits on my desk. He said, YES!
If I can do it, you can too! So here’s what you have to know…
Slide1First of all your monitor either has a RGB (red, green, blue) plug or a HDMI plug depending on the monitor you are using. You second monitor has to have the same plug. Since mine was HDMI, I purchased a HDMI cable from Best Buy. The cable plugs into the HDMI plug on the computer and on the second monitor. It really is that easy.  If you have RGB you will buy an RGB cable. (HMMMM I only know these things because I am married to the biggest tech nerd! Smile )
And what do I reeeaaaallllyyyy love? If you look at the picture, right there on the remote control there is an HDMI button and a TV button. So I can change back and forth from tv to second monitor just what a push of a button.
Here are some of the ways I have used the second monitor already…Slide2
1. I love having two power point presentations open at the same time. It makes it easy to compare, cut and paste….
2. I love being able to keep the power point open and open up my documents folder in the other window. I can select from that window if I want to open another document without closing the first power point.
3. I am able to keep my clip art folder open while I am working to see what clip art I have available. So if I am making something with a “camping theme” I can see all of my camping clip art without going to insert or opening another window on top of the power point.
4. I am able to open my email in one window and a power point in the other window. Then, I can click and drag the photos that are attached in the email over to the power point.
I am sure there are tons of more ways to use the dual monitor. How about you? Share away….How are you using a dual monitor?
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Deanna Jump said...

Look at you!!! I Love your techie post! I think I'm going to have to buy a second monitor! Miss you!

Kim and Megan said...

One thing I forgot to mention. The dual monitor can either "clone" your existing screen or "extend" your desktop. On a PC, right click on an open space on your desktop. Select graphics options, output to, extended desktop, and select the configuration you want. For Mac, follow a similar process (

Vanessa Levin said...

Go Kim!! I started using a second monitor this year too and love it. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. Next thing you know you'll be making QR code games :)

Deedee Wills said...

Smartie! Smartie! Smartie!!!! I have two monitors but they just work together (small laptop and larger screen). I am going to have to give this a try!!

Mrs. Tolbert said...

wow! I had never heard of this. I've pinned it so that I can investigate later. Thanks for sharing!
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