Poll: How many windows/tabs do you usually have open on your desktop while working?
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Local time: 06:02
Aug 24, 2009

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How many windows/tabs do you usually have open on your desktop while working?".

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Local time: 15:02
English to French
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Many Aug 24, 2009

Only 22 right now... can go much higher

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Marjolein Verhulsdonck-Roest
Local time: 15:02
Member (2009)
English to Dutch
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Too many... Aug 24, 2009

to be practical sometimes. Maybe it would be better to just start using two screens instead

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:02
Spanish to English
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Only a few Aug 24, 2009

Usually just the active document I'm working on; my Oxford Superlex dictionary; the BBC radio channel that I happen to be listening to as I work (right now, R2 with Ken Bruce) and Google. My home page is IATE so I often forget that it's there...
Skype pops up when someone tries to contact me but I don't count that since it runs in the background...
But really, who's counting?. They say the less tabs you have open the better the PC works so I stick to these basic guidelines...

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:02
Member (2006)
German to English
Depends Aug 24, 2009

It all depends on what I am doing. Try to keep them to a minimum though

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Terry Richards
Local time: 15:02
French to English
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A few Aug 24, 2009

The document.
A temp. Word document if I'm translating Powerpoint or Excel with Wordfast.
A dictionary.
The folder I started the document from.
My e-mail program.
An internet browser with 1-4 tabs with various dictionaries, google etc. depending on the project.
My main accounting Excel spreadsheet unless it's a big job that I neither started nor will end today.

It's a good thing I have 2GB of memory

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Anne Patteet  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:02
English to French
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Anywhere between 4 and 9, and more Aug 24, 2009

1. The document
2. Mail
3. Internet:
-Word Reference
-Grand dictionnaire terminologique
*Any specialty dictionnary or glossary (1 to 4)


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Local time: 06:02
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Screen Real Estate! Aug 25, 2009

I have 2 systems and 3 LCDs linked for use. Word or whatever else I'm typing into, the original document in another window, reference dictionaries, a internet radio window, Skype/IM for contacts, e-mail in another, and I have a few chat windows open to IRC.

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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:02
Member (2005)
German to English
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windows or tabs? Aug 25, 2009

Usually only 3-4 windows (document, translation, online dictionaries (many tabs on 1 window), if necessary a terminologieliste)
However, the dictionaries can be up to 11 tabs.
And sometimes there are as many as 3 TL open.
And then there's the across program that only runs on the PC, and which is the only program I run on the PC anyway...

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