I have now had a dual monitor set up on my Windows 7 Professional rig for just over three months. Getting the dual monitor working, successfully, with Windows 7 proved to be quite easy — for which I am thankful.
On the whole the dual monitor works WELL. There have been a few oddities but none were show stoppers. Yet again, I am thankful for that. << If you want to read all my posts on dual monitor with Windows 7, PLEASE do a SEARCH using the ‘Search Bar’ on the top right of this blog using the search string ‘dual monitor. >>
I see at least one hit a day on this blog emanating from a Web search involving the phrase ‘dual monitor.’ So I want to help out as much as possible.
Though I have the desktop stretched across both monitors, I use the left hand monitor essentially as a ‘surrogate.’ The right hand monitor, 24″ HD, is my main monitor — and as such has the task bar. Nearly all the time I run one instance each of FireFox on each monitor, each instance with at least 6 tabs. That way I can have two tabs visible at all times.
Until yesterday I never tried extending a single window across both monitors. I knew it would work, but I didn’t have a need.
Yesterday, I tried extending Word 2007 across both monitors. It worked. I am indexing a book. Right now the index, in 8 pt Franklin Gothic Book is 9 page table. I wanted to display as many pages as possible so that I could bang in page numbers without scrolling — the index key words already having been typed in. Yep, I could get 4 pages across two monitors. But my monitors have different resolutions. This meant the page sizes were different. But, it worked.
But, displaying 4 pages wasn’t as productive as I had hoped. So I reduced the Window size and turned off the Office 2007 Ribbon.
If I have about 3/4″ of the Word 2007 window spilt across on to the left hand monitor, I can display two pages of my index on my main monitor at 100%. That is what I have been doing for the last two days. Works. Just wanted to share that with you.
Good luck. Thanks. Cheers.