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Office Playing it Safe – Use Your Dual PC Monitors Correctly

Adjusting your workspace to avoid strains and injuries

Using dual monitors may greatly increase your productivity while working on your computer. While this can make computer-related tasks easier to manage, it is important that the benefit is not at the expense of injuring your body. Make sure you adjust your workspace to accommodate for the additional screen.

Just like when using a single PC monitor, your workstation requires a custom setup, based on your unique needs. To avoid eye, back and neck strain, make sure you take the time to adjust your workspace to fit your need as noted in the following tips.

General Considerations

  • Move your eyes when viewing the screen as opposed to moving your head. If you need to move your head to see both screens, consider positioning the monitors farther away from your seat to allow for a wider view.
  • Position your monitors at, or slightly below, eye level. As an exception, bi-focal users should lower their monitors more to avoid tilting their head back while working.
  • Both monitors should be kept at the same height. If monitors are different sizes, try to keep their focal points aligned.
  • When possible, use flat panel monitors with small frames to keep screens closer together and minimise neck movement.
  • Make sure both monitors are adjusted to the same resolution, brightness and contrast to avoid eyestrain.

When Using One Monitor More

  • Position the primary monitor and keyboard directly in front of you. The secondary monitor should be positioned at roughly a 30-degree angle from the primary monitor, with its centre no more than 30 centimetres away from the centre of the keyboard.
  • If you are primarily using the workstation to input data from a physical document, position the document in between the keyboard and primary monitor.

Using Both Monitors Equally

  • Position your monitors next to one another with the keyboard directly in front of you
  • If you are primarily using the workstation to input data from a physical document, position the document in between the keyboard and the centre line of the two monitors.

Focus on Form!

Always follow proper ergonomic principles when working on the PC. Taking simple preventions steps now to ensure your workstation is set up correctly will help you avoid potential nagging injuries down the road.

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