How to Make Your Monitor Way More Useful

Turn it sideways to make content much easier to view: Mike Wehner
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2014 4:45 PM CST
How to Make Your Monitor Way More Useful
You might find your monitor a lot more useful if you were to turn it vertically.   (Shutterstock)

Browsing the web on a desktop? You're probably not making the most of your monitor, writes Mike Wehner at the Daily Dot. Fortunately, it's very easy to fix the problem: Rotate the thing vertically. Computer monitors have long adhered to same format as TV screens, meaning that these days, they're generally wider than they are tall. But that's not too useful for applications other than watching videos. "If your computer habits consist of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and any kind of writing—from emails to school papers—your monitor is holding you back. Let’s flip it," Wehner writes.

A vertical display, whether you're using it to check out Google results or read a news article, "means there's so much more content on the screen; you'll wonder how you ever got anything done using that old, tired landscape orientation." As for video content, the many means of watching Netflix, YouTube, and more on your actual TV mean it's less important to have a computer screen that's optimized for video. One caveat: Many monitors' stands these days will allow you to simply rotate the screen, but not all will—so don't force anything and end up with a broken device on your hands. Click for the full piece. (More computer stories.)

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