How Bill Gates Works

By Deane Barker on April 6, 2006

How I Work: Bill Gates: Bill Gates wrote this piece for Money Magazine on how his office is laid out and what he does with it all.

If you look at this office, there isn’t much paper in it. On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.

The screen on the left has my list of e-mails. On the center screen is usually the specific e-mail I’m reading and responding to. And my browser is on the right-hand screen. This setup gives me the ability to glance and see what new has come in while I’m working on something, and to bring up a link that’s related to an e-mail and look at it while the e-mail is still in front of me.



  1. I imagine most of us have the recquisite number of old monitors laying around, but don’t have a big enough furniture-type desktop.

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