In a post on the Office Hours blog, Gates describes his use of a three-monitor setup to handle tasks. For anyone used to a multi-monitor environment, it’s largely familiar stuff:
I keep my Outlook 2007 Inbox open on the screen to the left so I can see new messages as they come in. I usually have the message or document that I’m currently reading or writing in the center screen. The screen on the right is where I have room to open up a browser or look at a document that someone has sent me in e-mail.
Keeping email open on one screen is a typical feature in multiple monitor setups, but using the second window to read the messages is perhaps less common. For Outlook users, the on-screen reading pane suffices, while Gmail users are working on a single browser window for everything. So should Gates be approaching the problem differently? Share your critiques of Bill or your own multiple monitor setup secrets in the comments.
Office Hours: How Bill Gates uses Office [Inside Office Online blog]