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Thread poster: Johnny Speiermann

Johnny Speiermann
Denmark
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Dec 23, 2009

Does anyone have experience in working with dual monitors?

Several studies show that productivity is increased with 20-30% when working with two monitors compated to one. I don't expect to translate that much faster, but other tasks might go faster. If i can save 3-4 minutes work a day that would pay for the extra cost, so it might be worth a try.


 

Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
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Hi Johnny Dec 23, 2009

I have 2 x 22" monitors (I had a 18" + 22" before), and it so comfortable that I would never return back to a single monitor. Two wide monitors allow you having four full pages opened (when working with texts); otherwise you can keep your emailer and/or browser on one screen, and text files and dictionaries on the other one. In other words, whatever you are doing, there is no need to dig out necessary windows when your screen is overcrowded with opened files.

Natalia


 

david young  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 11:07
Member (2009)
French to English
have you tried Dec 23, 2009

ctrl+F6 to switch back and forth between documents on the same screen? That's the solution I use when working in Word. No head or eye movement involved.
The other keyboard shortcut is alt+tab to switch between apps.
Bear in mind also that using a single screen (on a laptop) allows you to work where you like.


[Edited at 2009-12-23 16:04 GMT]


 

FarkasAndras
Local time: 11:07
English to Hungarian
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Discussed earlier Dec 23, 2009

There have been a few threads about it. The bottom line is that everyone who tried two screens is reluctant to go back to one... I know I wouldn't.
If you have a reasonably modern laptop, it should have a port for an external monitor. If you use a desktop, check if the video card has a second port - older or bottom or the barrel cards may not have one.


 

Johnny Speiermann
Denmark
Local time: 11:07
English to Danish
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Ctrl+F6 Dec 23, 2009

Hi David,

I usually have 8-10 different applications open at a time, and ctrl+f6 is a Word shortcut.

But thanks anyway.

- Johnny

david young wrote:

ctrl+F6 to switch back and forth between documents on the same screen? That's the solution I use when working in Word. No head or eye movement involved.


 

Johnny Speiermann
Denmark
Local time: 11:07
English to Danish
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Have to try it then Dec 23, 2009

Thanks, Natalie. I guess I just have to try it.

Natalie wrote:

I have 2 x 22" monitors (I had a 18" + 22" before), and it so comfortable that I would never return back to a single monitor. Two wide monitors allow you having four full pages opened (when working with texts); otherwise you can keep your emailer and/or browser on one screen, and text files and dictionaries on the other one. In other words, whatever you are doing, there is no need to dig out necessary windows when your screen is overcrowded with opened files.

Natalia


 

Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 12:07
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Previous discussion Dec 23, 2009

You may find this discussion I started a while ago helpful:

http://www.proz.com/forum/general_technical_issues/65768-setting_up_a_two_monitor_system:_is_it_worth_it.html


 

Claire Cox
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:07
French to English
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Invaluable Dec 23, 2009

Go for it! I couldn't imagine not working with two now. I usually have my source reference file, be it pdf, powerpoint, whatever, open on my second screen and my Word document with my TM etc on the main screen, then also have the internet/e-mail etc on the second screen. Given the small outlasy required for a second monitor, I would say it's definitely worthwhile.

All the best,

Claire


 

Shelley Gehret Sechler  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:07
Member (2009)
Japanese to English
3 monitors Dec 23, 2009

I have been using 3 23" monitors for the last 8 months and love it. Research is on one screen, the project and translation software on another, and on the third: query sheet, skype, and sometimes another browser with more research. Also, on a physical level, I find that moving my head to view each screen decreases should pain and neck tension that result after putting in long hours at my desk.

 

Johnny Speiermann
Denmark
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English to Danish
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Thanks for the link Dec 23, 2009

Thanks for the link. I didn't get anything useful when searching on proz.com, but I can see that it's called both two-monitor, dual monitor, multiple monitors etc.

Mikhail Kropotov wrote:

You may find this discussion I started a while ago helpful:

http://www.proz.com/forum/general_technical_issues/65768-setting_up_a_two_monitor_system:_is_it_worth_it.html


 

Johnny Speiermann
Denmark
Local time: 11:07
English to Danish
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Excersice Dec 23, 2009

Thanks for all the great feedback. I like this one about getting more excersice as wellicon_smile.gif

Shelley Gehret Nishi wrote:

I have been using 3 23" monitors for the last 8 months and love it. Research is on one screen, the project and translation software on another, and on the third: query sheet, skype, and sometimes another browser with more research. Also, on a physical level, I find that moving my head to view each screen decreases should pain and neck tension that result after putting in long hours at my desk.


 

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:07
Member (2004)
English to Italian
buying 3rd one soon... Dec 23, 2009

cannot have enough screens...icon_smile.gif

 

Claudio Porcellana  Identity Verified
Italy
still stuck on 2 monitors? Dec 23, 2009

I have just bought the tenth, but I'm willing to throw them in the dustbin and pass on a 10 meters plasma monitor next year ...
icon_wink.gif))

Claudio


 

Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 12:07
Member (2005)
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Wow Dec 23, 2009

Claudio Porcellana wrote:
I have just bought the tenth, but I'm willing to throw them in the dustbin and pass on a 10 meters plasma monitor next year ...
icon_wink.gif))
Claudio


How do you connect 10 monitors together, pray tell?


 

Claudio Porcellana  Identity Verified
Italy
How do you connect 10 monitors together? Dec 23, 2009

I use Cybertelepathic™ connectors, but they are very expensive
this is why I want to buy a 10 meters plasma monitor
LOL

Claudio

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