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Hi,
Does anyone know if its possible to use one computer with two monitors connected to it and display one application window on one monitor and one window on another monitor? ( i dont mean spreading the whole desktop onto two monitors)

Ideally if possible would like the ability to be able to easily drag an application window on one screen across to the other screen, and also not necessarily using the same application on the two monitors. for example view Excel on one monitor and Internet explorer on the other monitor.

Would I need any special software to do this?. The computer in question is running Windows XP and currently has just the one 17" LCD monitor connected to it. However I have an additional 17" monitor but I guess for starters I would need a graphics card with 2 monitor inputs?

Any help would be great.
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Yes, you certainly can. You would just need a standard dual desktop setup for that. I do it across 3 monitors here on my PC and have several different applications running on each monitor all the time.

You would need to invest in a Graphics Card which has two outputs. Most come with a DVI and VGA output. You can then use a DVI and VGA monitor, or convert the DVI output to VGA and use two VGA outputs.

Once the graphics card is installed, you'd edit your Display Settings, choose the option to enable the second output, and then set the resolution. That's all there is to it.

-Matt
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Hi matt,

Ok that sounds good, please can you clarify a few things....so once i've got the graphics card and set that up, configued the display options, would i be able to simply drag a window from one monitor over to the other monitor and vice versa as and when needed?
Would the whole windows desktop be spread over the two monitors? or would the main part of the desktop be on the main monitor and just one application window on the other monitor once ive dragged that window over?

Or would settings need to be configured within each software?

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> so once i've got the graphics card and set that up, configued the display options, would i be able to simply drag a window from one monitor over to the other monitor and vice versa as and when needed?

Correct.

> Would the whole windows desktop be spread over the two monitors? or would the main part of the desktop be on the main monitor and just one application window on the other monitor once ive dragged that window over?

It's not an extended desktop, it's like dual desktop. Your task bar would be displayed on one monitor (the 'primary' monitor) only. Also, when you maximize a window, it will maximize to one monitor only (not across both).

-Matt
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> Or would settings need to be configured within each software?

Sorry, just noticed that one. It's not software-specific. The OS handles it all, so no need to configure individual applications.

-Matt
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Great, thanks for all your help
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