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Poll: How many monitors do you use to work?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
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One Sep 4, 2011

Usually one is enough.

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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One. Sep 4, 2011

One per computer, that is. On rare occasions I have to use two laptops side-by-side because certain moronic CAT-tools don't allow me to open two files at once.

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Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
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Two Sep 4, 2011

One for actually conducting the translation and another attached to a printer/scanner, which can also be used as a backup in the event of technical problems arising with my main computer.

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xxxwonita
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One Sep 4, 2011

but I'd love to have two.

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Eser Perkins  Identity Verified
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One... Sep 4, 2011

...but sometimes I plug my big monitor to my laptop and use (technically) two (but actually still one, since I disable laptop's screen), especially when I work on subtitling or proofreading.

I did work with two monitors in the past and I really loved it. It is really great to have a lot of space when you are working with 3-4 applications.


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Anne Carnot  Identity Verified
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Two Sep 4, 2011

One for the text I work on, the other one for all my research work (Internet, dictionaries...). I also tend to proofread using two screens.
Have a nice Sunday


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Emin Arı  Identity Verified
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always two Sep 4, 2011

surely two for efficiency

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Ikram Mahyuddin  Identity Verified
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One is enough Sep 4, 2011

One monitor is enough so far. Actually, however, I want to buy a bigger one, replacing my 15 inch monitor.

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Lany Chabot-Laroche  Identity Verified
Canada
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Two! Sep 4, 2011

Would not go back to one, it's just more efficient with two, I don't have to lower windows as often and it makes comparing texts soooo much easier.

Been working on a laptop with 1 screen for last 2 months and how do I miss my dual set-up.


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Chun Un  Identity Verified
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Three Sep 4, 2011

Three computers actually

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Three Sep 4, 2011

on one computer. Two 32" monitors for main DTP and a third for ref material.

It is fantastic not to keep having to switch between windows as I frequently have a few tasks running at the same time


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Isabelle F. BRUCHER  Identity Verified
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One, sometimes two (this option was not offered) Sep 5, 2011

I use one desktop computer, with many windows open at the same time, but I try to close them as soon as they become useless, according to the recommendations of my computer technician.

I also turn on my laptop when I need a specialized translating dictionary which I could install only twice from a CD-rom. I installed it on my desktop and on my laptop. Then it crashed on my desktop when I moved out. I have not been able to use it on my desktop PC since I moved out, while all my other programs have kept working properly!

For backups, I use an external hard disk. I used to do backups several times a week. Now I have set an Outlook Calender reminder to do it every week-end, when I have more time (less emergencies).


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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One, but I need a second one Sep 5, 2011

Since I switched to Windows 7, I've been having a lot of trouble stabilizing the open windows. They seem to have a mind of their own. In this regard, I was must happier with Windows XP.

The screen is 22". I couldn't work with anything smaller since I've gotten used to being able to see two full pages in readable type at the same time.


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Gabriel Mendoza  Identity Verified
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Two or Three Sep 5, 2011

Two, sometimes three monitors. I'm a pathological multi-tasker.

[Edited at 2011-09-05 04:30 GMT]


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