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Get More Screen Real Estate with a Dual Monitor Setup
Tip# 4326 By Levi Connolly On 30-Jun-2014
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Here's a good example of making use of all available screen real estate when using AutoCAD.

I noticed that most of the CAD users I work with in my office were using only one of their dual monitors for AutoCAD. One trip to my desk to show them how I use both monitors for AutoCAD changed this. I use one screen for my model space and ribbon; the other monitor allows me to keep all my palettes open and available for quick access. It’s amazing how quickly you get used to a dual monitor setup in AutoCAD. If I had a fellow CAD user who didn’t currently have more than one monitor, this tip created a strong case to get one. 

Notes from Cadalyst tip reviewer R.K. McSwain: Levi's desktop layout may not be exactly right for your workflow, but it's a good example of making use of all available real estate. Experiment to see what works best for you.    
 

 

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Comment by castelein,chris
Posted on 2014-06-30 14:18:47
I've only got one comment on this, I too use dual monitors and I do keep some things on the second screen, But, if you keep your layer properties and properties palettes open you (at least I do) take a serious performance hit as it tries to populate each as you select them (especially properties) my two cents.
Comment by castelein,chris
Posted on 2014-06-30 14:19:08
I've only got one comment on this, I too use dual monitors and I do keep some things on the second screen, But, if you keep your layer properties and properties palettes open you (at least I do) take a serious performance hit as it tries to populate each as you select them (especially properties) my two cents.
Comment by Barabe,Jean-Francois
Posted on 2014-07-01 07:35:23
I totally agree with Chris, the layers palette reduced the performance of AutoCAD even in an one screen setup. Kept it closed as much as possible, use CLASSICLAYER command or set LAYERDLGMODE to 0 to always use classic layer windows.
Comment by Connolly,Levi
Posted on 2014-07-02 11:22:22
For those who have the computing power, having the layers and properties continuously open for quick access is a definite time saver for me. The less I have to open and close dialogue boxes the better.


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