Multiple Monitors for Editing Efficiency


amy4's picture

When my work started moving


When my work started moving toward electronic more than hard copy, I knew I'd need more screen real estate because I am a space hog. So I had my computer guy build my new tower with two dual video cards, and over the next year or so I added monitors until I had my four. Left to right, I have widescreen, portrait, portrait, widescreen. The leftmost widescreen is my primary. Depending on what I'm working on, it might have ms. and a style sheet side by side, or I might use it for art ms and captions files and the like. The vertical monitors are great for full-page proofs in Acrobat, side by side with ms., or for long tables or paragraphs. For some of my work I maintain several style sheets and I can spread them across these three monitors along with the style sheet, with only two on top of each other (and I use Alt-W-W + doc number in Word 2010 to toggle between them, no hunting).

The rightmost widescreen is reserved for e-mail, browser, and other online stuff such as Hootsuite.

I adore this setup, and on the rare occasions when I must work on my laptop, I feel terribly claustrophobic. I try to reserve only very simple tasks for laptop work (first light read of a fiction ms., for example).

Amy J. Schneider
Featherschneider Editorial Services

Posted on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 8:07pm

Adrienne Montgomerie's picture

Thanks for describing your

Adrienne Montgomerie

Thanks for describing your setup, Amy. That is quite, tricked, out. #drools

Next, the whole CSI wall of screens. Amiright? Or maybe just the contact-lens-mounted solution...

Posted on Tue, 06/10/2014 - 6:22am


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