by Tony Rushin
If you have dual monitors, here’s a quick and easy tip (gotta’ love quick and easy). If you don’t have dual monitors, and you work in a law firm or other professional setting, check out the productivity gains in the University of Utah study cited in The Find Law Legal Technology Blog (by the way, a second monitor only costs $200).
Okay, if you’re still with me you must have dual monitors. When you press the “Windows + P” keys you get the four simple menu choices shown below:
My menu came up with “Extend” highlighted because that’s how I’ve set up my dual monitors. What if I come into work next week, plug my laptop into the docking station and my monitors don’t fire up correctly? The first thing I would do (after checking plugs, cables and on/off) is press the “Windows + P” key and simply toggle over to “Extend” or click it with the mouse and be on my merry way. You may notice that the “P” in this shortcut stands for “Projector” – knowing that helps me remember this shortcut.
Note: this only works on Windows 7 (or 8); not XP (btw, if you’re still running XP, the clock is ticking…).
“Windows + P” definitely won’t fix all of your dual monitor issues but it is a quick and easy first step that lets you reset your dual monitors if that’s all you need. If your issue is something more advanced (like re-setting screen resolutions, troubleshooting colors or contrast, etc.) you’ll need to dive into the Windows menu or the buttons on the monitor – or contact your IT support.
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