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When two views are better than one

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Spreading your work across two monitors can double your productivity. Just ask Bill Gates, who stays efficient with a triple monitor setup.

To make your setup soar, invest in these two pieces of equipment:

1. You’ll want a space-saving stand to lift the monitors up and out of your way. Try the Visidec Freestanding Double Horizontal stand from Atdec (tigerdirect.com; $200). It mounts both monitors horizontally on one pole, even when monitors are different sizes. Power and monitor cables slide inside the mounting post to reduce cord clutter.

2. UltraMon helps both monitors interrelate well. It allows you to quickly move windows or applications from one monitor to the other, correcting for display differences. It provides task bars on each monitor and lets you customize how each monitor boots up ($40, with a free trial download at realtimesoft.com).

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