Microsoft Research suggests that adding another monitor to your computer is good as multiple screens make computing tasks easier and can enhance users’ productivity by as much as 9 percent.

You may have seen workstations having one or two external screens but nothing like Mitch Haile’s work environment – he works on 9 desktop screens simultaneously and of these 9 screens, 6 are attached to just one Mac computer. Some pictures.

multiple monitor arrangement

six monitors one computer

He uses a 21600 x 21600 NASA image for the desktop background and no wonder, the size of the huge wallpaper alone is 22 MB.

widescreen wallpaper

Mitch has posted a detailed FAQ to answer common questions like how he arranges stuff on individual screens, why he prefers multi-screens instead of virtual desktops, cost of the setup and more. More pictures available on Flickr.

When you work on such a large desktop screen estate, it is very easy to lose track of the mouse pointer so Mitch uses a 96×96 sized cursor which is around 6x larger than the standard size.


If you find Mitch’s arrangement of monitors exciting, do check these multi-screen monitors that have as many as 8 LCD screens stitched as a single display. They cost a few thousand bucks and could be popular among Wall Street analysts.

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