Multiple Monitors08 Dec 2009
Several months ago I got a Dell Latitude E6400 laptop to replace my overworked Dell Latitude D410. Along with the laptop I got a new advanced E-dock which included two monitor outputs, so I recycled an old smaller monitor that had been relegated to the stores to have a dual monitor set-up.
I find the two monitor set-up really useful and I frequently have different applications in different windows as you might expect. However I struggled with Excel as I would frequently want to copy data between large format spreadsheets and I would have loved to have one on each screen … but they simply opened as child windows and I Alt-Tab’d between them.
I guess I never really stopped to think about it, but one day my subconscious kicked in and I realised that if I chose not to open the files directly I could open multiple instances and then open a file in each. Then each instance of the application can be dragged to a different monitor. Hey presto a spreadsheet in each window.