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How do I get more screen real estate?


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#1 Eddie7

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 08:27 PM

I'm thinking about buying a 40 inch TV. This is what I want to achieve:

 

Here's an example that I mocked up in Photoshop:

My laptop display right now: http://i.imgur.com/MeX01Vc.png

The display I want with the TV: http://i.imgur.com/7yzDHXm.png

 

My current screen size is my laptop which is a 1080p. Thanks!



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 08:54 PM

It will be determined by the resolution of the screen you buy. If you get a TV with the same resolution as the laptop screen, you'll just get the same screen real estate but physically larger.

 

Edit: if you plan to use a screen with greater resolution, you should check the specifications of the video in the laptop to see if it supports the required spec, for example (not a recommendation):

 

http://www.lg.com/us/tvs/lg-40UB8000-led-tv

 

Resolution 3840 x 2160


Edited by Platypus, 01 September 2015 - 09:03 PM.

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#3 Eddie7

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 09:35 PM

It will be determined by the resolution of the screen you buy. If you get a TV with the same resolution as the laptop screen, you'll just get the same screen real estate but physically larger.

 

Edit: if you plan to use a screen with greater resolution, you should check the specifications of the video in the laptop to see if it supports the required spec, for example (not a recommendation):

 

http://www.lg.com/us/tvs/lg-40UB8000-led-tv

 

Resolution 3840 x 2160

 

Got it. Thank you so much!



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Posted 02 September 2015 - 03:58 PM

Should add in that some laptop graphics cards can artificially run a higher resolution to give you more desktop real estate then what your screen is physically capable of. 

For instance my current screens are 1920 by 1200, but I can tell my GPU to artificially run them up to 2560 by 1600.

 

If you told us the exact model of your laptop or the graphics card it uses then we can tell you if it's capable of it. You might be able to get more screen real estate without spending any money at all. 

 

 

EDIT: 

Added before and after pictures. It's a little hard to tell since this site scales across multiple resolutions really well, but it's there. Site also scaled them down. 

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Edited by SEANIA, 02 September 2015 - 04:26 PM.

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#5 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 06:00 PM

There are one or two other simple things that can help increase the amount of real estate.

 

The first is to set the properties of the task bar to 'Autohide'. It then only appears when you take the cursor down to it.

 

The other is only relevant to browsers but disabling/uninstalling unneeded toolbars can create space as well.

 

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