How I survive using Notes 8 sidebar plugins on my 4:3 display at home

Lets face it! The advent of Notes 8 and the sidebar really requires you to use a wide-screen display if you want to keep the sidebar expanded and have some screen real estate left for mail and business applications. This is a major head ache for me when I’m in my home office as my primary display is a 4:3 (i.e. traditional) display and my wide-screen laptop is the secondary display. I found a solution that works for me though.

The way I solve this is by detaching the sidebar plugins I use the most (TwitNotes and Sametime) and have them open in a new window (see the part menu for that option) and then collapsing the sidebar. Now I have the screen real-esate I need on the primary display and my main sidebar plugins visible all the time on the secondary display.

That works like a charm for me.

And the right term is…

I have been wondering what the “correct” term for the little menu that each sidebar plugin has so today I got in contact via Mary Beth Raven (via im.bleedyellow.com of cause). She told me that the IBM term for a sidebar plugin is a “sidebar panel” and the menu is called a “panel menu”. So there it is…