Since we now spend more time indoors and in front of a computer screen due to the pandemic, it’s even more important to be aware of the correct posture when working or gaming on your computer. The position of your monitor is no less important.

The best monitor position for gaming is about an arm length’s away, the top edge of the monitor should be at your eye level. You shouldn’t have to turn your head to look at your monitor nor up or down to prevent problems with your spine.

If you’re bedridden, check out some of my tips for monitor positions!

Should I Tilt My Monitor For Gaming?

No, you should keep your monitors straight in most cases. If your desk is uneven, then go ahead and compensate for that by tilting the monitors. Another exception is if your chair leans back slightly, causing you to view the monitors at an upwards angle. If that is the case, you should definitely adjust the monitors so you can view them straight on.

When you have two or more monitors, you may need to tilt them inward a little bit so that your eyes can view them both without issue. Just be careful not to tilt them too much and cause eye strain.

In the case that you need special requirements in order to game, then of course go ahead and tilt the monitors in any way that is needed for you to game comfortably. Just make sure to take breaks if your monitors are tilted so that you don’t strain the muscles in your neck.

You can tilt your monitor slightly forward to reduce glare.

What Angle Should My Monitor Be At?

Ninety degrees is the best monitor position for gaming. Straight up and down will allow you to see the entire screen without turning your head or straining your eyes in any direction.

Is It Better To Look Up Or Down At A Monitor?

If you can, don’t do either. Looking up or down at your gaming monitor setup can create neck strain. Do your best to keep the monitors at a level where you can look straight on at the middle, to top of the screen.

The golden rule is to have the top edge of the monitor level with your eyes when you sit straight up.

Your neck and back will thank you in the future. There are a number of different mounting systems you can use to place the monitors on the wall if you need.

Are Bigger Monitors Better For Your Eyes?

A small monitor won’t cause you eyestrain, so if you’re lacking the space for a larger monitor, having a smaller one is completely fine.

Larger monitors allow for greater clarity but at the same time icons and text can be small to read for some people. Thankfully operating systems allow you to set a size for these elements which is more comfortable for you.

If you want to get a larger monitor, don’t make it so big that you have to turn your head to see the whole screen.

How Many Monitors Do You Need For Gaming?

There is no requirement for your gaming monitor setup. The best solution for your setup is to do what fits in your budget and style. Don’t try to cramp three monitors into a setup that doesn’t need it.

Concentrate on one, or two monitors. If you have money left over, spend it on a nice keyboard, mouse or comfy gaming chair. I personally have just one monitor.

If you’re streaming from a PC, you might need an extra monitor so you can look at your game in one and see the chat in the other.

Tips For Dual Monitor Setup

Make The Displays Match

If you have two or more monitors, do the best you can to make sure they match. The easiest way to do this is by purchasing the same model and make. When you plug them in and set them up, Windows will be able to do that automatically. If you don’t have the same model, it will take further tweaking.

Adjust The Taskbar

When using multiple monitors, you can have the taskbar extend across both monitors, or just one. Keep that in mind when you customize the monitors to how you want.

Rotate The Display

Sometimes you might need a monitor in a different position than the rest. Windows has the option to rotate the screen into portrait mode, so if you ever need a monitor in an unusual position, you can do it.

Use An Infinite Wallpaper

This tip is a little less technical, but still important. There are special, massive wallpapers that can span across two or more monitors. Using infinite wallpapers can really complete your gaming monitor setup.

You can check DualMonitorBackgrounds for some cool wallpapers or make your own.

Learn Keyboard Shortcuts

There are a number of different shortcuts that could be helpful for you.

  • Windows + Home – will minimize all windows except the one you are currently on, pressing it again will bring them all back
  • Alt + Tab – switches between windows
  • Windows + Left/Right – snaps the window to left or right, press it again to unsnap
  • Shift + Windows + Left/Right – moves the window to the next monitor
  • Windows + Up/Down – either snaps the window to top/bottom or minimizes/maximizes it
  • Shift + Windows + Up/Down – vertically maximizes/minimizes the window

Can You Game On A Vertical Monitor?

I’ve written an article on this subject, you can find it here.

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