Want To Look Like A Real Geek? Install A Second Monitor

I’m about to share with you something that – if it hasn’t already – will change your life.

I discovered the wonderful world of double monitors when the company I worked for downsized drastically.  There were tons of monitors just laying around, so the IT guy hooked me up and I haven’t looked back.

Using multiple monitors can increase your productivity.  Says The New York Times?

In a study commissioned by the electronics company NEC, researchers at the University of Utah recently asked office workers to perform several common tasks using various monitor configurations. They found that people who used two 20-inch monitors were 44 percent more productive at certain text-editing operations than people using a single 18-inch monitor.

Interested?  Here’s how you do it:

On a laptop

Very easy.  More than likely your laptop has either a VGA or DVI input, just connect your monitor and the external monitor will act as your second monitor.

On your desktop

If your video card does not have two VGA or two DVI connectors (or one of each), you’ll need to install a new video card.

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Have no fear, it’s not that difficult.  If you open your computer, you’ll see a bunch of fans and cards and hopefully not too many dust bunnies.  But the beauty of your computer is that everything can only fit in one spot, so the chances of you installing something where it’s not supposed to be is slim.

Once you start up your PC with the new video card, connect both monitors and install the drivers for the new card, you’ll want to configure the settings of your new monitors – click for instruction for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Sit back, enjoy and watch your productivity increase.  Or at the very least, be able to tweet while you work.

Warning – multiple monitors are addicting.  My husband is looking into a third, and my former boss just went from two to five.

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2 comments for “Want To Look Like A Real Geek? Install A Second Monitor

  1. November 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Haha, my husband and I were just talking about this. He’s going up to 3. I found the funniest comic on this too. I’ll have to see if I can find a way to share.

    • The Neat Geek
      November 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm

      I’d love to see that.

      Yes, they really are addicting. My husband can’t even work on just his laptop alone, he needs to connect the second monitor.

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