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Table of Contents, Search, Toolboxes etc. all compete for horizontal space on the computer screen, often obscuring the map display itself.

If I use two screens can I put these windows on one screen and keep my map display on the other?

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  • Two screens are better than one for everything except moving house. – jon_two Nov 13 '15 at 14:27
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    Sorry, but going to have to vote to close this as it's primarily opinion-based. However, I will say that I have 3 monitors and it's wonderful. The down side is once you have multiple monitors (esp for years and years), it's really hard to go back to working with one, or even worse, one small one, like a laptop. – Chad Cooper Nov 13 '15 at 14:27
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    Edited to avoid question being purely opinion based. – David W Nov 13 '15 at 14:36
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  • Using 2 screens for GIS is already out of fashion. For worldwide datasets, just use a spherical screen. – julien Nov 13 '15 at 15:02
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Yes, you can undock the Catalog, TOC, Toolbox, etc windows and put them on the secondary monitor:

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Yes you can. With both ArcGIS and QGIS.

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