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2 screens windows 10

Does anyone else use them regularly?

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I was forever printing things out reentering the data then binning the papers. Now i have mastered 2 + screens on the go at once life is so much easier. Unusually late to this party but nevertheless grateful, do most other accountants use 2+ screens? 

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By SXGuy
09th Feb 2020 06:56

I have a curved wide-screen.

Think it's 29 inch but can't remember. Anyway does the job for me!

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By lionofludesch
09th Feb 2020 07:50

Is this two screens or a split screen?

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By carnmores
09th Feb 2020 08:29

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By scalloway
09th Feb 2020 09:24

It is very easy to tile 2 program pages in Windows. Click the icon at the top right next the X on the bar. The window will now only occupy part of the screen. Open your other program and do the same. Go to the edge of the window and a double ended arrow will appear . Use this to adjust the size of the windows to suit you.

If you want to add a second screen your graphics card needs two outputs, HDMI, VGA etc to allow a second monitor to be added. If a second output is not available you can get a USB device that lets you add a second screen.

I've used a second monitor for years and find it very useful.

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By carnmores
09th Feb 2020 11:34

in my madness i was trying to use the serial port on my laptop to create the 2 screens, that doesnt work , but a connection through HDMI works like a dream

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By Duggimon
13th Feb 2020 10:56

Just grab the window by the top bar and drag it to the left or right edge of the screen and it automatically sizes itself to take up half the screen, split vertically.

Not much help if you're tiling three or more programs on a huge monitor but I mostly resize in order to have two windows side by side and this is the best way to do it.

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By Mr Hankey
09th Feb 2020 10:23

I've been using two separate large screens for years, it makes life so much easier, for example having workings papers open on one screen and accounts on the other. Saves so much faffing around switching between differenct windows.

I suppose I'm used to it now. Whenever I'm out of the office with just my laptop I really notice how cumbersome it becomes.

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By carnmores
09th Feb 2020 11:32

I agree with you . what took me so long to change to 2 screens. N

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By Payroll Pete
10th Feb 2020 15:49

Same here - 13" laptop in the middle 27" monitor to the left and the right

In progress work on left
Communications - emails, chats, remote connections - on the right
Entertainment in the middle

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By JoF
09th Feb 2020 11:28

I use two large screens in my office, has made work so much easier. Will double screen when I only have one.

Ofetn drives me mad when Im on one, usually, small screen when I am at a clients.

Wishing I had thought of a curved screen, although I will blame my brother who sourced my PC and all of its kit for me (Im such a technophobe!)

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
09th Feb 2020 16:38

We all have 2 screens at work (one of the seniors said she didn’t one a second, after about 6 months I just bought her another and she came back into work after a holiday and had a new set-up.

At home, I have an extra-widescreen with a screen splitting app.

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By Charlie Carne
13th Feb 2020 11:49

What is the advantage (if any) of an extra-wide screen & screen-splitting app over two screens? Does the app allow you to easily double-click the title bar to fill just that half of the split screen or will a double-click fill the entire wide screen?

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
14th Feb 2020 15:08

charliecarne wrote:

What is the advantage (if any) of an extra-wide screen & screen-splitting app over two screens? Does the app allow you to easily double-click the title bar to fill just that half of the split screen or will a double-click fill the entire wide screen?

Primarily for me it was to do with available space. An extra wide screen takes physically less space than 2 screens totalling a similar size.

Split screen apps will let you split the screen into 2/3/4/... which act as if they were each standalone (ie the split screen part of your question).

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By adf2410
09th Feb 2020 20:25

I have had a second screen for years in my home office. When I work elsewhere, I always make sure that I've got all sorts of adapters with me so that I can plug into another screen. And...very embarassingly, I have a spare, very old moitor which lives under the bed in my touring caravan, so that if I have to work while on holiday (which usually happens), I have a second screen.

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By Manchester_man
09th Feb 2020 22:14

Yeah have used dual monitors for a few years. Wouldn't be without them now. Split screening on a decent sized screen would work also, but for me I stick with 2 x 27".

You used to need a dedicated graphics card but most modern PCs now will accept one via hmdi and one via VGA or DVI.

I started off a few years ago by plugging a monitor into my laptop via HDMI so had the laptop Screen as secondary screen. That worked great also.

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By RedFive
10th Feb 2020 07:28

Anyone with an iPad or even iPhone should download this app

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/duet-display/id935754064

Then you can plug your iPad into any laptop (Windows or Mac) with your normal charging cable and have a mini second screen for about a tenner.

Great when in the train, hotel or at clients or whatever.

I also have one if these which is a bit pricier but a great usb second screen for your laptop that is portable and doesn’t need its own power. About £190.

ASUS MB169C+ 15.6 Inch USB Type-C Portable Monitor, FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, Flicker Free, Low Blue Light, TUV Certified https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01B6JD88E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_lvqqEbVP5ERFM

Our office desktops all have second screens which for about £100 each must be one of the greatest productivity investments you can make for the price.

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By RedFive
13th Feb 2020 14:47

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By paulwakefield1
10th Feb 2020 08:16

I use 3 screens and wouldn't be without them. In minor moments of madness, I think about extending that to 4.

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By alan.rolfe
10th Feb 2020 15:40

paulwakefield1 wrote:

I use 3 screens and wouldn't be without them. In minor moments of madness, I think about extending that to 4.

Same, but was wondering about moving to 6.... !

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By Payroll Pete
10th Feb 2020 15:52

Worked in a company where one lad harvested monitors from leavers - had 6 x 24" monitors when he left.

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By Glenn Martin
10th Feb 2020 09:56

I had an eye injury a while back and had to have some corrective surgery on my other other eye to balance them out which would mean I would need reading glasses for close stuff but would manage without glasses/contacts for everyday which has been brilliant. I bought 2 27 inch curved monitors to stave off the need for readers as long as I could which has worked for 4 years but I am starting to struggle to read my phone now.

Don't know how I managed on a single monitor for years now.

So looks like I will have to get some readers now.

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By Pukka
10th Feb 2020 12:48

Yes - I use two screens & I find it helps with a multitude of scenarios.
You can drag & drop applications from 1 screen to the other so the possibilities are (almost) endless!
Couldn't go back & really struggle when, on the odd occasion, I'm using just a laptop.

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By kestrepo
10th Feb 2020 14:41

I don't think I could ever go back to using only one screen. For transferring data between Excel sheets or reading a pdf and replying to an email at the same time 2 screen working is fantastic. Saw an online stat that 2 screen working increases productivity by 20 to 30 %. Can't find the link off hand but from experience think that this is likely to be the case - it does depend on what you are actually doing of course!!

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By marks
11th Feb 2020 22:59

The staff in the office all have 2 screens.

I have had 3 screens for about 5 years now and couldnt go back to working with 2 screens.

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By Constantly Confused
12th Feb 2020 08:07

I have one of them setups like in Minority Report, it's all holograms and I sort of wave at things to make stuff happen.

So I have one screen, but it's heckin' massive!

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By graydjames
13th Feb 2020 10:26

I started to use two screens for graphic design and video work in 2002! This started as a hobby and grew; however, it never really occurred to me to use two screens for my day job until I witnessed another accountant colleague using two screens. I remember saying, "what do you need two screens for?".

Despite my doubts, I decided to try it and since then (in 2015) I have never looked back. Now, if faced with only one screen, I am lost. It makes working with different programs so much easier and it is rare not to see me with Sage or Iris on one screen and Excel on another or some similar combination. Now using two 28" screens and love them!

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By pinksteven1981
13th Feb 2020 10:26

I actually have two 27" monitors and a laptop so three screens, couldn't live without them now.

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By AdShawBPR
13th Feb 2020 10:29

Screens are like motorbikes. You always need 1 more than you have. I have 2 of each and would definitely like 3!

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By Practice Admin Monkey
13th Feb 2020 10:37

Two screens is a minimum now. I had a third at a previous company for a while and it was truly living the dream; seems a little archaic only using one screen tbh, I've been spoilt!

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By RayW-71
13th Feb 2020 10:56

I'm on 3 nice big screens, but probably need a deeper desk as I find myself sitting too close to them as the days goes by!

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By Duggimon
13th Feb 2020 10:59

I'm on two screens, would very much like a third one though so I can have one in portrait orientation. Ideally I'd have a fourth facing the other way for client meetings as well, save mucking around moving things to show them what's on my screen.

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By djn24
13th Feb 2020 11:12

I must be the only one with 1 screen :-(

It's 27" and seems to work fine for me. Think I would struggle for the room to have an extra one tbh.

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By Alf
14th Feb 2020 09:59

I'm on 1 x 27" monitor as well (albeit I have a 2nd facing the other side of my desk for meetings) - I don't want to check Outlook constantly and I am not continually transferring data but if I do have do I can resize windows to see 2 or 3 simultaneously

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By PERMON
14th Feb 2020 18:23

I'm on just the one also .You probably know already about Windows10 snap feature - https://www.maketecheasier.com/split-screen-windows10/

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By grahamsmith
13th Feb 2020 11:33

My team all have their laptops plus either two or, in most cases three additional screens.
We found once everyone was used to two screens the move to at least one more was a no brainer, especially as we are essentially paperless.

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By Charlie Carne
13th Feb 2020 12:04

Like others on here, I found that being on a single-screen laptop when out of the office was problematic as I am so used to the two screens on my desk. When Apple recently released the new 10.2" iPad for only £349, I bought that and use the Duet Display app that allows the iPad to act as a second monitor simply by connecting to any Windows laptop via a USB cable. As the iPad is only being used as a monitor, you don't need large storage so the cheapest 32GB model is fine. Now, I use them together all the time and, if all I'm doing is taking notes in a meeting, I ignore the laptop and use OneNote on the iPad (in which case, I don't use the Duet app but use the iPad as a normal tablet, rather than as a dumb second display).

Duet Display costs £9.99 at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/duet-display/id935754064
Apple 10.2" iPad costs £349 for the 32GB model at https://www.apple.com/uk/ipad-10.2

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By PERMON
13th Feb 2020 17:57

Do you use a keyboard or a pen device for taking notes on the iPad ?

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By Charlie Carne
14th Feb 2020 17:52

I used to use the soft keyboard on my old iPad but I bought the Smart Keyboard (£159) when I bought the new 10.2" iPad and it's amazing! Ultra-thin but good key travel. Make sure you buy the correct size of keyboard.

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By pauljohnston
13th Feb 2020 14:34

2 Screens 22"
For use with you laptop look at ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC 15.6" Portable USB Monitor

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By RedFive
13th Feb 2020 14:48

RedFive wrote:

Anyone with an iPad or even iPhone should download this app

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/duet-display/id935754064

Then you can plug your iPad into any laptop (Windows or Mac) with your normal charging cable and have a mini second screen for about a tenner.

Great when in the train, hotel or at clients or whatever.

I also have one if these which is a bit pricier but a great usb second screen for your laptop that is portable and doesn’t need its own power. About £190.

ASUS MB169C+ 15.6 Inch USB Type-C Portable Monitor, FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, Flicker Free, Low Blue Light, TUV Certified

Does no one read the whole thread anymore? ;-)

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By Paul D Utherone
13th Feb 2020 15:02

Yes in the office. No, but I have a 27" screen at home that does the trick :)

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By Luke
14th Feb 2020 15:00

Yes, I have had two screens in my home office for a few years now. They are on a setup so that when a client comes in I can switch back to one and swing the other one out of the way to give more face to face space.

I am tempted by another one but wouldn't have the flexibility for meetings and would like to actually see the client, well sometimes anyway....

Working on a single screen laptop is tedious but I am going to investigate the ipad second screen option mentioned above - thanks.

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By Carolynne
14th Feb 2020 15:46

I use 3 monitors, one for the main working screen, the right for my email and the left for the information I need to see whilst working on the main central screen. Been on this for a long time, but started with 2. I am wondering if I can add 4, so that I can watch box sets whilst working lol!

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By kevinringer
14th Feb 2020 16:20

I've been using 2 monitors at home for years and recently got a second monitor at work. It makes life so much easier. I don't use a specific one for specific tasks so may open an app on the left now but next time move it to the right. I have found that some apps will open subscreens on the other monitor which is annoying eg CCH accounts preview.

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