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Q: How can I emulate a larger display? ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: How can I emulate a larger display?
Category: Computers > Graphics
Asked by: ecocozza-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 19 Sep 2005 20:45 PDT
Expires: 18 Nov 2005 15:27 PST
Question ID: 569966
I run windows XP. My monitor will display up to 1280x1024 resolution.
I'm looking for software that will allow me to display in twice that
resolution.... so basicly everything would be smaller on the screen,
and I could fit more things.... It would have to be some type of
software driver that would drop half the pixels.
There is no answer at this time.

The following answer was rejected by the asker (they received a refund for the question).
Subject: Re: How can I emulate a larger display?
Answered By: leapinglizard-ga on 09 Oct 2005 16:17 PDT
Dear ecocozza,

If you double the virtual resolution of the screen without increasing
its physical resolution, you will lose half the resolution in each
application window. Although graphics will remain recognizable, the text
will be unreadable and most interface controls will be unusable.

A much better way of optimizing your screen usage is to use a tool that,
like Expose for the Macintosh, responds to a user-defined hotkey by
temporarily shrinking and tiling all of your windows. Once you click
on an application window, that window will come to the foreground
at its normal size while the other windows return to their previous
configuration. This approach lets you view a shrunken image of your
applications on a per-need basis whereas most of the time you use each
individual application at its normal resolution.

Two applications that achieve this effect under XP are WinPLOSION 
and Exposer for Windows. Each one offers a limited-time free trial. A
permanent activation code costs $9.95 for WinPLOSION and $7 for Exposer.


Exposer for Windows: Home

Another approach to increasing your screen's real estate is to use the
free tool SDesk, which stands for Scrollable Desktop. As the name implies,
SDesk gives you one giant desktop that extends beyond the visible window's
borders. A small display in the corner shows you which part of the desktop
you are looking at, and you can quickly snap the view to one of several
user-defined regions.

SDesk: Home

SDesk: Download

Finally, you can use the virtual-desktop stratagem, wherein you switch
between different groups of windows to view. It's like having multiple
monitors, except that you only see one monitor at a time. This is the
approach I use myself, and I love it. My 17" LCD has a native resolution
of 1280x1024, but with five virtual desktops, I can have dozens of
windows open at one time without great confusion.

There are many inexpensive third-party programs that implement virtual
desktops on Windows XP. Then there is a completely free download from 
Microsoft itself, which I recommend for system stability even though 
it limits you to four virtual desktops. On the following page, scroll
down to "Virtual Desktop Manager" for a brief description.

Microsoft: PowerToys for Windows XP

Microsoft: Virtual Desktop Manager download

It has been a pleasure to address this question on your behalf.



Request for Answer Clarification by ecocozza-ga on 21 Oct 2005 12:40 PDT

Thanks for your well-thought out reply. However I've looked at each of
the products suggested, and none of them seem to function like the
'driver' i requested.

Exposer comes close, but if I try and  use the window, it pops back to
full size....

You are correct that some text would be hard to read with the method i
am looking for, however thats the root i need to go... I'm using it
for software demos, so i need all the windows to update in
real-time.... The suggested produccts also will not update the
windows... the resize a 'snapshot' only of the last time the window
was full-size.



Clarification of Answer by leapinglizard-ga on 21 Oct 2005 13:11 PDT
Instead of emulating a larger display, why not buy one? It needn't
cost much more than a software solution. For example, you can get a
1600x1200 refurbished CRT monitor from TigerDirect for $59.99 plus
$34.01 shipping, for a total of $94.

TigerDirect: NEC-Mitsubishi Diamond Plus 91

That would give you a 50% greater true resolution than your current
monitor, without any loss of image quality.

Or consider this 1920x1440 CRT, which has twice the resolution of your
current monitor.

eBuyer: Viewsonic G90fb

Reason this answer was rejected by ecocozza-ga:

This is my seccond refund request... the previous being posted about 3
weeks ago. I did not recieve any response to my first request.

The answers provided do not allow my to run at a higer resolution...
they can only resize 'incactive' windows.... not the windows i am



Subject: Re: How can I emulate a larger display?
From: ivanmetalnikov-ga on 20 Sep 2005 02:34 PDT
If you drop half the pixels you'll get only 640x512 resolution, wont' you?
Subject: Re: How can I emulate a larger display?
From: wengland-ga on 20 Sep 2005 10:16 PDT
He's looking for a 'digital zoom' feature, like "Expose" on the
Macintosh or similar.  I have not heard of one, personally, for the

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