Dual monitors allow view of one document (Westlaw, Lexis, PACER, CM/ECF) while working on another document (Word or WordPerfect). Or two word processing documents may be viewed side-by-side. Copying and pasting between screens is possible because both monitors are connected to the same computer. The photo above shows two rotated flat panel displays.
|Operating systems since Windows 98 permit creation of a
large "virtual display" which spans several physical monitors,
if the computer has a video display hardware which can drive two
This dual display capability is built into most laptop computers.
The dual display features are regulated in the Display Properties control panel, Settings Tab.
Microsoft help pages:
In many desktop computers, it is possible to use two standard display adapters to drive dual monitors to create a large integrated desktop.
Hardware Requirements for Multiple Display Support in Windows 98
Hardware Requirements for Multiple-Display Support in Windows XP
Many manufacturers supply single slot display adapters with two heads (cable connections) which support two monitors.
ATI (use keyword "dual display" to search products) Matrox
Many NVIDIA dual head display adapters are able to use special NVIDIA software which permits rotation of displays. A rotated flat panel allows the user to "page through" documents and see an entire page at a time on the virtual desktop. The user's experience with electronic documents then resembles use of paper on a physical desktop. The NVIDIA system allows one or both displays to be rotated, and permits a standard monitor to be used with a rotated flat panel.
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