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This is one of the simplest and cheapest (for free if you know where to go) things for your computer.

Basically, this creates an extended desktop to drag and drop other browsers or programs allowing you to do multiple things at once without clicking back and forth

especially helpful for doing things and watching youtube or a movie at the same time

Step 1: Find a Monitor

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You'll need a computer already with a monitor and then need to find a separate monitor.

in my case, my dad was throwing out perfectly good (very dated and huge) monitors that are basically obsolete compared to a high res flat screen of today.

Either find someone who's doing the same by throwing out a bunch of dated monitors

-Dumpster diving

- Or just buy a monitor (anything really, your preference)
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frostybob3 years ago
What if u only have one screen jack and ur using a desktop
TyMan2105 years ago
 I might try this once I get a new monitor. Ubuntu has a very similar program.
gmjhowe7 years ago
Dual screening is the future! However i am beyond this and often use a Tri-screen set up - i mite make an instructable on it! im awaiting my replacement 3rd screen, so would be a great oppurtunity!
Derin gmjhowe6 years ago
When I secure my own source of money,I will do quad and pass you.
gmjhowe Derin6 years ago
Meh, i can already do quad..
Derin gmjhowe6 years ago
Dang..... I once tried to hook up both DVI and VGA to the same monitor.The screen fuzzed the image,the hue got messed up and I was like O.O
At one of the University of Florida College of Journalism computers labs, each computer has dual monitors, there's one computer with four monitors that is only used to have a different news website on each monitor. It's ridiculous some of the stuff they've got.
One school that I saw had double mac monitors. My school barely affords a few DELL computers... meh.
Did you know that mac is made by sony?
Do you think you are special or something? Mac is made by Apple, not Sony. Apple! Sony makes Sony, Apple makes Apple. The End.
if u'r schools' students study hard, it's WAY better than mine-I live in Ireland(but I'm romanian), and go to decent school. we even have laptops, because the teachers a struggling to make the students study at all. it's really boring for me and my classmates can barely type with ONE hand. the school's overall network is very advanced. it has a server, computers with projectors, dvd players(well that's really too much) and a sound system. some even have a touchscreed, but homemade, webcam based touchscreens are way cooler whan those.
ross353 awkrin7 years ago
that kinda sounds like my school. i live in ireland 2. what school ya in?
awkrin ross3537 years ago
Marino College community school, in fairview
ross353 awkrin7 years ago
ah rite im up in A.S.R. never thought i'd see someone form marino on here. well hello nyways
awkrin ross3537 years ago
I didn't manage to find out what's asr.. can u tell me plz?
ross353 awkrin7 years ago
ard scoil ris. its up on griffit avenue
If you max out the Apple Mac Pro, you can run like 8 x 30inch monitors off it! crazy! I only tend to use 3 when working, one for artwork, one for palletes, and one for the fun stuff (itunes/msn etc) Most the time i manage one, specially with spaces.
They also had a mac with dual 30 inchers and while I was there, they had just gotten a new mac with a multiple terabyte HDD and hundreds of gigs of RAM.


  • They justified buying a wii just because of the world news feature (only used it for games)
  • 8 Giant plasma screen TVs each tuned into a different news station
All of this in one room.
yeah! u can max out the mac pro with like 32gb of ram! but mac os x can theoretically handle 4 terabytes of ram! just no hardware yet.
bumpus gmjhowe7 years ago
4 terabytes?!? holy crap
The real kicker is that when they found out the computer wouldn't do what they bought it for. They just said, "Oh well."
pbpenguin5 (author)  Weissensteinburg7 years ago
lmao nice
so in university of florida, there's no one that can make better deals than that?????
You can only get so much of a deal.
lol nice windows own
and where's all of that?
University of Florida, College of Journalism.
pbpenguin5 (author)  gmjhowe7 years ago
i'd love to see that one =]
i will write it up then! if only just for you. I will point out that u dont need a fancy graphics card. but it does need to be a mac!
baneat6 years ago
step one : plug in your first monitor step two : plug in the other with the slot provided
Shinta7866 years ago
Nice, I have 3 screen next to each other. I did need the video card of my laptop, because else it wouldn't work. center laptop 15" and left and right two identically the same 15" lcd screens. But Its not like I can do 3 things at once. I just have a wider screen. Resolutions is 3072x768. Pretty cool. Never knew you could hook up two screen without video card. GREAT
bf4cb46 years ago
There is also a program called MultiMon Taskbar. It extends a task bar to the other monitor, so you can minimize it to that monitor. It also puts little buttons up top, next to the minimize key, so you can click those and send the window to the other monitor, so you don't have to drag it over.
pbpenguin5 (author)  bf4cb46 years ago
that's actuallly very helpful, i did away with the second monitor due to a space shortage but if i still had it i'd give it a try
I have a problem about "Split-Screen Computer". I can't find a dialogbox that provide options for Program the monitor ,Is there any special software for this settings?
pbpenguin5 (author)  willynillyzebra6 years ago
right click
graphics properties

right click
settings advanced button
some sort of driver menu graphics properties button
beyond that, yes it is possible that you do not have to same or even at all the software to my knowledge =\
but i'm pretty sure that everyone has some sort of program to enable/disable monitor settings.

hope that helps =\

What wires do we need to connect the moniter to the laptop? Mine came w.o wires :(.
pbpenguin5 (author)  keefurxxcore7 years ago
hmm good question,
I'm sorry i can't be of more help here but try a computer store near you and just explain what's missing ( I honestly don't know the name of the cord, i'll guess it's the video input =])

Ok, thanks!
awkrin7 years ago
u call this an instructable??? this is the easiest thing to do on any computer with two video cards. the laptop in the church I'm going to has a projector(for songs' lyrics) as the second display, so u can first set up, then project.. oh and ALL new laptops have the video driver which allows u to do this thing installed, plus, u can do it simply by rightclicking the desktop, properties, settings, click display #2 and check "extend desktop" but remember, this will significantly decrease your computer's performance.
Shut up, its better than anything you've done.
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