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virtual screen

A viewing area that is larger than the physical borders of the screen. It allows the user to scroll very large documents or multiple documents side-by-side by moving the mouse pointer beyond the edge of the screen. For example, you might look through an 800x600 screen resolution into a 1,600x1,200 virtual screen. See virtual desktop.




Virtual Screen
In this example, the user can see 800x600 pixels at a time and can pan the entire 1600x1200 pixels by moving the mouse beyond the edge of the viewable screen.






virtual desktop

(1) A user's desktop that comes from the server. See desktop virtualization and thin client.

(2) A desktop that extends beyond the boundaries of the screen. See virtual screen.

(3) Several desktops in one user machine, where each desktop offers a different group of applications. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, multiple desktops reduce the number of applications on the taskbar. For example, an architect might set up one desktop for CAD and related programs and another for business applications.



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