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THe obvious answer is code on one, preview on another. The old "IE" on one page "FF" on the other is also common.
WHat if you have four monitors?
Email, instant message, or other frequent programs are things I can think of to leave 'sitting' on a monitor without opening or closing.
Postage programs are good for this if you fill orders constantly throughought the day.
What do you guys use your extra dispalys for?
I find a lot of my work is re-purposing existing code. Also, I often work on multiple related projects that interact. So, right off the bat, project A on one monitor, project B on another.
Another monitor for PDF documents, and the 4'th for web browsing & email.
It's easy to blow-through 4 monitors.
Right now, though, I've reconfigured, so that I am now running 2 monitors on Windows XP and 2 on Fedora Core 5. I use Synergy to work with both using one mouse and keyboard. I am trying to transition my day-to-day computer use to Linux as much as possible, and this is an easy, painless way to do it.
I have mine setup in a pyramid setup (#3 on top). Two more monitors to my right that monitor live check-outs and employee status (web app we developed to track what everyone's up to -- helps with handing out assignments as they come in).
If you end up with a "mini noc" look into having a custom desk built. I couldn't find one big enough (both with and depth) so found a site online that will build a beautiful desk to exact dimensions.
Only problems with multiple monitors is that as you grow the number of monitors, it's hard to "downsize" -- I find myself hating life when on the road with just one or two laptops.