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What exactly is cloned desktop?

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January 23, 2014 4:40:04 PM

I just built a sort of table to put on my desk so that I now have a standup desk. I have 2 monitors, one at eye level standing and the other at eye level sitting so that if I get tired of standing I can sit down. Currently I am running XP with dual monitor but that is not really what I want. I am planning to build or buy a new desktop with either Windows 7 or 8.1, but leaning towards windows 7 since I also have a windows 7 laptop which simplifies things, at least in my mind.

I think I want clone desktop but I'm not sure exactly what that means. Does it mean I will see exactly the same thing on both screens including the taskbar which is what I wan?

Thanks for any help

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January 23, 2014 4:54:23 PM

Yes. Within the Windows system, a cloned display means identical displays on 2 screens.
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January 23, 2014 4:56:54 PM

Yes, that is exactly what a cloned desktop means.

I prefer Extended views myself since you'll be able to do work on one monitor and have another set of windows open in the second monitor.
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January 24, 2014 6:09:50 AM

USAFRet said:
Yes. Within the Windows system, a cloned display means identical displays on 2 screens.

Thanks for the quick reply. It doesn't seem to be available in XP, at least with my current video card and 2 monitors . I think I just read somewhere that both monitors have to be the same resolution as well, is that correct? If so, mine aren't. Is it available native in both Windows 7 and Windows 8?



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January 24, 2014 6:18:03 AM

ThatVietGuy said:
Yes, that is exactly what a cloned desktop means.

I prefer Extended views myself since you'll be able to do work on one monitor and have another set of windows open in the second monitor.


That is what I'm doing now but it's not what I need, unless I don't understand something about it. For example, I trade stocks and options using 2 windows, the trading software and a watchlist. If I move my trading software to the top screen my watchlist is still on the bottom so to use it I have to sit down to see it since my monitors are vertical. I also have to move my mouse down and if I want to do anything else on either monitor I also have to move my keyboard either up or down. That is why I want clone mode.

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