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Ben Grieve
Ben Grieve
5,105 Points

Question about small screens and learning on Treehouse.

I asked support and they just told me to post my question here.

If your computer/laptop/etc. screen is small, how do you follow along with the videos AND have Workspaces open at the same time? My laptop's screen is 1600px / 900px. I don't think that is THAT small so how are other students coping with similar screen sizes?

Thanks in advance for your help.

4 Answers

Cameron Bourke
Cameron Bourke
10,198 Points

I use my macbook pro 13inch all the time without it feeling obviously too small. A neat trick I saw when using workspaces is that you open your project in workspaces in a new tab, and then open that project's preview in another new tab. That way the treehouse video, workspaces and your live preview are all in separate tabs next to each other in the browser. This makes it super easy for navigating between the video and workspaces. To open a new tab on the project, just right click and select "open in new tab". Hope this helps!

Cameron Bourke
Cameron Bourke
10,198 Points

Also I recently bought a second hand 23 inch monitor and it has made by life that much better haha, I run my mac through it using a thunderbolt cable and then just turn the brightness on the mac to "0" so the screen is black. Have found that extra space so helpful for organising my workflow!

Ben Grieve
Ben Grieve
5,105 Points

I started out by trying to snap one window with the video in it to the left side of my screen and have the Workspaces open in another window on the right side. The video was just too small for me to properly follow along.

Today, though, I tried separate tabs instead of windows and I'm not so sure that I like it either. I'm constantly having to swap from tab to tab and I'm pausing the video more than I was yesterday. Keeping in mind that I'm just learning basic stuff. (I chose to learn the basics again just to get an understanding of how the site works.)

Cameron Bourke
Cameron Bourke
10,198 Points

Yeah unless you've got a large monitor, using the split screen technique wont work. The separate tabs is the way to go for the exact reason you outlined above. By having to pause the video and try to remember how the code is written, it forces you to remember the structure rather than just copying what the teacher is doing in the video. I know its annoying to start with, but in the long run it will be more than worth it.

Ben Grieve
Ben Grieve
5,105 Points

You're completely right. When I started out with the duel windows method, I was basically copying the teacher. Now that I've had time with the tab method, I'm much happier.

Thanks for chatting with me!