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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

share keyboard mouse across 2 or more laptops

 In my last work place - ClearedIn, I had a strange problem of having too many laptops. Initially I started off working on a beautiful Acer Laptop (Aspire 5) with Windows 10 installed but then soon realized the laptop is of no use when doing a lot of computation tasks, i.e., joining a video call on teams when chatting on slack and simultaneously working on code. So I got another laptop - hp Pavilion this time, which was way better than the Acer one. However now I had a problem, I had 2 laptops and I wanted to use both at the same time.

I was using 2 keyboards and 2 mice. It was a pretty messy situation, but I did feel very important! Now when I had to take a break on my personal laptop, which is by the way a Lenovo Thinkpad p52 running Windows, I had another set of keyboard and mouse. Now don't forget the monitors too. I was in a mess.

I wasn't sure there was a solution to this problem. I wanted to use the same set of input devices, i.e., the keyboard and mouse for all the devices. Monitors are okay since I'd need separate spaces to look at each anyway.

So what saved me? Microsoft garage mouse without borders! A cool project from microsoft that helps me share my input devices that rescued me from my misery. Here's the link - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=35460

To quote Microsoft

Mouse without Borders (http://aka.ms/mm) is a product that makes you the captain of your computer fleet by allowing you to control up to four computers from a single mouse and keyboard. This means that with Mouse without Borders you can copy text or drag and drop files across computers

So MS saved the day!

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