Monday, September 15, 2008

Increasing your screen size without hardware

I’ve mentioned here before that one of the greatest benefits I have found for my productivity has been the ability to attach multiple screens to my computer. I can leave a web page open on one while creating a document on another. With two screens I can easily refer to either. Very handy indeed.

 

So what if you haven’t the budget or the desk space to allow this? Well, the boys from Sysinternals have developed some software called Desktops that allows you to have up to 4 virtual desktops. As the site says:

 

Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you’re not using. After you configure hotkeys for switching desktops, you can create and switch desktops either by clicking on the tray icon to open a desktop preview and switching window, or by using the hotkeys.

 

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As you can see from the above screen shot I have four desktops open, each with something running on them and by simply using Alt-<number> I can quickly switch between each.

 

So now you can quadruple your screen space without the need for additional hardware. Let me know if it also quadruples your productivity.