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8/26/2014 at 7:40:19 PM GMT
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Dual Monitors

Seeing Double Can Be a Good Thing

Dual monitors can increase productivitySplitting your computer’s display between two monitors is easily accomplished and can pay tremendous dividends in terms of efficiency and pace of work. With a dual display configuration, an attorney can simultaneously work within two or more applications, without having to toggle back and forth on a single screen using alt+tab.

For instance, one monitor might display a draft brief in Word, while the other screen displays FastCase, LEXIS or WestLaw search results, facilitating the rapid transposition of block quotes. Or one screen might display a videoconference live feed, while the second screen shows the attorney’s e-mail inbox, making it much easier to multitask.

How to connect two monitorsSetting up the second monitor is a two-step process. First, connect the second monitor’s input cable to either

  • a serial port on the back of the computer, or
  • a USB port, using a serial-to-USB adaptor as shown.

Next, configure the computer’s display settings to extend the display across two screens. Both Windows 7 and Mac OS X have online guides that walk users through this process. The setup takes about five minutes, and once you are seeing in stereo, you won’t want to go back to tunnel vision!

Braxton Hill is a partner in the litigation department of Christian & Barton, LLP, in Richmond. Braxton serves on Christian & Barton’s executive committee, is a member of the VBA’s Law Practice Management Division Council, and chairs the VBA Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Section.

Last edited Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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