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Re: Using XyWrite with XP OS



I wrote,

> And any of you who are not
> working with two or more monitors in 2K or XP are really missing out.

Robert replied:

Elucidate, please!  What can you do -- what do _you_ do -- with two or more
monitors?  As opposed, say, to two windows on the Desktop, or Alt-Tab, etc.?

There are many times when I need to look up something in one program (usually in a web browser) that I'm going to use in regard to another program--e.g., Googling a fact or a quote to drop into a Xywrite-produced article, or into an email. With one monitor I have to either shrink down one or both windows to an awkwardly small size, or Alt-Tab back and forth. But when I Alt-Tab back and forth, one of them is usually hidden.

A non-Xy example is when I'm having some difficulty with a program and I want to search the web to get info on solving it. With a single monitor, I have to remember the information I've found when I turn to applying it to fixing my problem. With two monitors, the info in the browser is on one monitor while the problem program is also open on the other, so I can look back and forth.

As you are probably aware, the dual-monitor set-up is totally seamless: the mouse moves the cursor back and forth between the two (which I set up right next to each other, abutting each other) without the slightest hiccup. You can even drag a given program's open window to be partly displayed on one monitor, partly on another.

It's like doubling your screen real-estate. This is one of those things that once you've tried you'll never go back. With flat panel displays so cheap, it's really worth it. But you probably have an old extra monitor around somewhere to test it out on. I do recommend putting them right next to each other.


Harry Binswanger
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