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How can you wrangle more applications using just one screen?

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Question: "The company I've started working for can't afford to give me a dual monitor setup to work with, and after using two for so long I suddenly feel stymied. Does anyone know some ways to keep as many applications as possible easily visible and flowing smoothly given only a single screen?” - Patti, Word Processing Specialist

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Gina November 30, 2012 at 10:16 am

You can do view side by side with word and excel. Sometimes it gets annoying if you are coping and pasting. But it helps too.

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Marcie November 27, 2012 at 9:11 am

One thing which helps me, which sounds strange, is keeping my desktop wallpaper totally black, no picture, and hiding most of my icons inside folders unless I use them constantly. This keeps things visually uncluttered and less confusing and gives everything more contrast.

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Tia November 26, 2012 at 7:37 am

I recommend a very small Windows application called MaxTo, which is free to try. It allows you to split your monitor into regions that you set yourself and even has a “multi-monitor” mode. The art people where I work use this a lot, it really gives you the feel of working on multiple screens.

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Jon November 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I find it helpful to clear out my screen and create a little bit more space by going into the Appearance and Personalization settings on my computer and hiding the Windows taskbar. Doesn’t give you a whole lot of extra room but every little bit helps.

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Paula November 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

Remember that re-sizing is your best friend! I often work with four Word and Excel screens open at once. The thing to do is to open a new instance of each application you want to work with (don’t just click on a document–open a new instance of the program itself), then reduce it from full-screen mode, then re-size the screen with the handles. Once you have all of them set up the way you want, it’s pretty easy to maneuver between them without getting confused.

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