Touchscreen Monitors

January 6, 2015 Timothy Tablet Technology

The future has arrived at the Arkansas SBTDC in the form of touch screen monitors. (For those still not aware, Microsoft’s Windows 8 and future versions of Windows support touch screen devices.) Amazing is one word that describes the user experience. Think of a touch screen phone or tablet on steroids and you’re fairly close to what we experienced.

The monitor we used is a 27-inch Dell P2714T. The screen is 27 inches diagonally, which is really huge for a traditional monitor. To accommodate the larger size, Dell has cleverly lowered the height of the monitor by using a folding stand. The stand allows the monitor to be rotated from upright to flat. If one of your 2015 New Years resolutions was to get more exercise, you’ll like the ability to stand and look down into your monitor. Standing is allegedly more healthy than sitting. (We suspect we’re merely trading sedentary ailments for bent neck ailments.)

Watch this Dell video on their touchscreen monitors:

One of the first discoveries was that you must plug in both a video cable and an USB cable. The touchscreen replaces or is a second pointing device. As video cables don’t provide for pointing data, an open USB socket on your PC is a must.

Another thing we noted was that when displayed in high resolution on the large monitor, the buttons for minimizing, restoring and closing an application were very small. Fat fingers can easily close an app or window instead of minimizing. Fortunately, there is a simple fix. Change the screen magnification to 150%.

For Windows 7 users, here’s the steps:

1. Minimize all applications so the desktop is displayed.

2. Right click (or hold your finger still for a few seconds) to show the right click menu.

3. Select “Personalize.”

4. Select “Display.” You’ll find a link at the bottom of the left side of the personalization menu.

5. Select either “Medium – 125%” or Large – “150%” and click the apply button.

The only drawback to the above is it also enlarges the cells in Excel. Should you need to see more cells, versus edit cells, then use zoom to zoom into your worksheet. The Excel menu will remain finger friendly, but more smaller and less finger friendly cells will be displayed.

It will be interesting to watch the ASBTDC staff adjust to the new touchscreen monitors and we look forward to discovering staff tips and tricks for touchscreen monitors.

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Tim, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center's webmaster and technical training specialist, has been with ASBTDC since 1995. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of master sergeant. He's a bit gung-ho, turns cat food cans into cook stoves, and keeps packing ASBTDC equipment for rapid worldwide deployment, but he's your "go to" guy for technical solutions and full-scale disasters.

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