I’ve been asked to explain my three monitor setup working with Windows 8.1 (or whatever is the latest version) and my desk, the almost ideal workspace for the writer, web developer, and web publisher.
My desk was designed and custom built by my husband, Brent, to fit into our trailer. It was designed for life on the road with many features to keep it light-weight and versatile. It is made of mahogany and red oak. It is designed literally “around” me with a keyboard that moves under the desk when we were traveling, and a fold away keyboard table within perfect reach of my right hand. Any time I travel and work away from it, I miss it, it is that much a perfect fit.
The three monitors are set with two horizontal to the left and right, with the center monitor turned vertical. The two horizontal monitors are 24 inches wide and the center monitor is 27 inches “wide,” which is actually 27 inches high. The three sit on a fairly fixed three monitor single pole support with the two 24″ monitors glued to mounts I made as they weren’t designed to be supported off base. I simply removed the bases once mounted.
Windows 8’s operating system allows for easy shifting from horizontal to vertical, so no drivers or fussing was actually necessary. Just a visit to the desktop, right click, choose Screen Resolution and mess around with the screen you want to change.
Why a vertical screen? Why not? Seriously.
The web is a vertical world. Web pages are designed vertical and scroll vertically if well-made. Documents are vertical. The only things we use a computer for that require the horizontal are watching television shows and movies and working on spreadsheets. Really, if it isn’t your job, when was the last time you worked on a spreadsheet? If you don’t watch videos and such, then you have even less reason for a horizontal monitor, right? (more…)