Designing for External Monitors

Designing for External Monitors

Overview of designing for external monitors.

Some Tablet PC form factors include two display adapters, one for the built-in screen and one for an external monitor that is used while the device is docked. Consider how your application works when the user interacts with it by using a tablet pen or uses another application on an external monitor. You can take advantage of both displays simultaneously. While docked, the built-in display becomes the more private screen, which interacts with the tablet pen, while the external screen is the public interface.

As outlined in Enabling Your Application, to enable your application to work with a pen, consistency with existing Microsoft® Windows® operating system standards is important. Maintaining this consistency is critical for applications that explicitly add features for combined tablet and desk usage. Users must be able to switch between using a mouse and using a tablet pen without having to think about which pointing device they have in hand.

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