Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Multiple screens

I don't know why I didn't do this before - add a second screen to my main development PC (win7-64).  The benefits are dramatic.  On one screen I can have visual studio for program development, and on the second a hex dump of the file I am looking at.  Or the second screen can be a web page of documentation, or anything else.

The result is that is now much less likely necessary to print anything out for reference purposes, and one can cut and paste beween the two screens.

The setup was easy, just aquire a suitable monitor, and in my case a new lead to connect to the video card my PC.  Configuration was through the control panel and the only hiccup was trying to get the second monitor to be logically (as well as physically) on the left of my desk.  The tip is that the control panel will display two monitors with a big 1 and 2 on them.  These icons can be dragged so that the main and second monitor are as required.