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Dual Monitor Desktop Wallpaper

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Afrothunder – who uses and abuses the chat room – asked how he could get two wallpapers on a dual monitor setup.

Well, the problem is that Windows doesn’t come with the tools to use two wallpapers on two monitors – no surprise there – but there is a way you can get two wallpapers on a dual monitor setup. It’s a bit of a hack, but with any decent image editing program (read as: not MS Paint) you should be able to do it.

  • First, have the desktop in focus and press the "Print Screen" button (often labeled "PrtScn" and is usually next to the F12 and "Scroll Lock" keys). This copies your entire desktop into the clipboard.
  • Open your favorite image editor.
  • Paste the image into your editor.
  • Play around with the file by adding other images, splicing two wallpapers together, etc …
  • Once you’re done, save the file and set it as your desktop wallpaper.

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Dual Monitor Setup vs. Single Screen Display

http://live.pirillo.com/ – A multi-monitor setup can give you much more screen real estate to work with, but so can one really huge monitor. Glenn wants to know if he should get two 23 inch monitors or one 30 inch monitor.

If there’s one absolute fact in this work it’s that Chris loves having a lot of screen real estate in front of him.

With two 23 inch monitors, you’ll actually get more space to work with than with just a single 30 inch monitor. Having a second monitor can help you be much more productive than you could be with just a single monitor, since you have more space to work with. Plus you have the added bonus of redundancy: if a monitor fails in a dual monitor setup you still have one monitor to fall back on.

It’s for these reasons that Chris recommends getting the two 23 inch monitors over the single 20 inch display.

You’ll need a couple of things in order to take full advantage of your monitors:

  • You’ll need a graphics card with "dual head" output support. Most modern graphics cards have this ability, but you should double check to make sure.
  • The combined resolution of your monitors cannot exceed the maximum resolution of your video card, otherwise you’ll need to purchase; for example, if your video card supports a maximum resolution of 1600×1200, but both of your monitors display 1600×1200, you’ll need a second video card to get the most out of your monitors.

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Multiple Monitor Madness

I’m so in love with Stefan Didak’s desktop. I can’t even think of what I’d do with that much desktop real estate (or how I’d pay the monthly electric bill to support that many screens). Two is more than enough for me, although some people find three indispensible – and Windows hardly supports more than one. Here I thought I’d be doing well with a 30″ plus one! Stefan claims “You can never have enough screen real-estate!” Maybe not, but you can certainly push the desktop envelope.

Jeez. My desktop isn’t even big enough to support that much hardware. I’m still waiting on Office Depot to redeliver the hutch (as well as other items I had to add to a second order). I’m beginning to think that home ownership is nothing more than one neverending task.