One screen or two: Why it’s better (or worse) to have multiple displays on your Mac

If you work with multiple applications on your Mac, you find yourself confronted with managing many windows. Most people use a single Mac and struggle to organize their windows, but some people use their Mac with a second (or even a third) display.

Macworld contributors Rob Griffiths and Kirk McElhearn have different approaches to wrangling all those windows. Rob uses two displays, and Kirk uses one, leveraging Spaces to keep his apps under control. Here’s how they each manage apps and windows.

Rob: I have always—well, for a really long time—used more than one display, because I like to be able to see as much as possible at all times. I like the flexibility that I get from having acres of screen real estate, as I tend to run a lot of apps at once. (At the moment, I have 15 open, with about 20 windows.) I can choose to create a huge window on one display, and yet still see important windows on the other display. I can have multiple Finder windows open, to ease moving and copying data between folders. I can see my calendar while reading an email that discusses possible meeting times and dates. I can refer to a web browser window while conversing in Messages. I can do all of these things at once, because I can see all of the windows at once.

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