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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

How to convince your boss you need a second (or third) monitor

Look straight ahead.
Now look approx 30° to the right.

Look straight ahead again.
Now look approx 30° to the right again.

How long does it take for your eyes to flick between the two positions?

Now Alt-tab, or take the mouse to the task bar and click a different application (or whatever your computer needs to do the same).
And back to the first.
And back to the second again.
And back to the first.

Which is quicker, moving your eyes, or switching applications? Which will mean you're less likely to lose where you where? Now can I have a new monitor?


Mark said...

Can I quote you if I ask the IT department for a second monitor? : )

eddie said...

No :-)

Lars said...

What were your answers, Paul?
For me, switching between 2 windows, the speed is about the same whether I use my eyes or Alt+Tab.

The advantage of multiple screens / monitors though is that you don't as easily lose track of where you are.

That is, the mental context switching seems faster/easier when the windows you're switching to are not hidden by other windows.

Paul Morriss said...

Don't tell anyone, but I've already got a second monitor. I was trying to help other people generally get theirs too.