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Second monitor output

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013953D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system which will allow a laptop user the option to use the external monitor output of their laptop as a second (dual) monitor output and not just as a reprojection of their laptop display. One of the problems associated with the status quo is that when a user is giving a presentation, they do not get to see the next slide in their presentation until it is already on the screen. Having the versatility to use the external monitor output as a second monitor output will allow the user to view the next slide or next few slides of their presentation. Our solution will allow the user who uses his/her laptop to have a more powerful presentation device. The integrated "dual" monitor capability will in essence, provide cue cards for the presenter. Dual monitor functionality exists in Microsoft Windows 98* and Microsoft Windows 2000**. Since laptop displays tend to be small, being able to use the external monitor output as a second monitor will also allow more desktop workspace for the user. Trademark of Microsoft Corporation Trademark of Microsoft Corporation