Computer Tips From The Mouse: Extend Your Desktop


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Extend Your Desktop

The desktop that can be extended is your computer desktop.  How can this be done you ask?  It might sound more complicated than it really is.  As you have perhaps noticed computer monitors are becoming wider to give you more viewing space or desktop.  This helps but a truly extended desktop requires two monitors attached to one computer.  Your computer must have two graphic ports to connect a monitor to each one.  If you are using a laptop / notebook they come equipped with a Video Graphics Array (VGA) port.  Yes you will have two monitors next to each other on top of your work station.  If you have a newer Light Emitting Diode (LED) or Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor most of them have wall mount capabilities so you can mount them side by side on the wall.  This will also free up space on your physical desktop.  It is advised that both monitors be identical for technical purposes.  After you attach the second monitor you will have to access your display settings and tell it how you want the second monitor to be displayed.  It can look exactly like the primary monitor or not.  In most scenarios the secondary monitor does not have the start button, task bar, clock, and desktop icons on it.  It remains blank (your wallpaper no icons) so you can drag and drop items / programs over onto it so the primary monitor can be used for other options.

What’s the point in that?  If you are researching and writing a paper as an example you could have the web page up on one monitor and the paper you are writing on the other.  This would save you time from going back and forth from one window to another.  Have you ever watched a movie on your computer while trying to check your E-Mail or type a letter (multi tasking)?  You could not if the movie was in full screen; but with an extended desktop you could drag that movie and drop it onto the extended desktop and watch the movie in full screen and check your E-Mail on the other.

Did you know you could connect your computer to most LED, LCD, and Plasma televisions?  Oh my!  I could use that big screen as a computer monitor; watch Netflix, Blockbuster, or without buying a Nintendo Ouii or a television with internet access.  That’s a thought!

The more you are informed the greater your options.

I hope to accomplish that you know you are smarter than your computer, that the computer is a tool, and you are the master of that tool.  If you have any questions you would like answered in this column please send them to:

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