Just Imagine Dual monitors on one computer. Sounds great? Well, yes it is possible to have multiple monitors. But how? Worry not! We are here to help you out.
It is a known fact that multiple monitors are nothing but increase in the productivity also for the ease of job. And we say, it is a much-needed factor in your work ambience for the efficiency. You can use Dual monitors on Windows 10, 7 & 8.1 for several purposes including watching Netflix, keeping an eye on social media platforms, writing or scribbling stuff, doing research and the list goes on and on. And yes, if you love playing games, then this special feature is a blessing!
Uses Of Multiple / Dual Monitors
Setting up Dual monitors helps you to get the more screen real estate. This helps you to switch the work and different programs without chaos and that too easily. Instead of preferring Alt + Tab and switching programs to have a look each and everytime at different tasks, you can just take a quick glance at all of them when required without much effort. But remember, the feature depends on the size and resolution of your computer.
- You can keep an eye on all the social media platforms like – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others at a time.
- Gamers can experience a different world by extending the game across the multiple displays.
- While working, you can also view a web page or write an email and also you can compare the large spreadsheets.
- The user can also work simultaneously on documentation and coding with the help of the multiple monitors. ( If you are a coder ).
- You can also watch videos and then also continue working on something else.
How to Setup Dual Monitors on Windows 7, 10, 8.1
We are sure that after learning the uses and examples of multiple monitors, everyone wishes to make most of it. Also, hooking up an additional monitor to your computer is a simple job as the new computers these days boast more than one port for a monitor as the older VGA port, HDMI, DVI, Display Port or a mix. A few set of computers come with splitter cables that allow the user to connect multiple monitors to a single port. So, it is clearly visible that setting up the Dual monitors depends on the ports your computer comes with and also how they connect.
If you have a modern laptop with connectors – DVI or HDMI, then you may need an adapter that allows you to connect your monitor’s VGA cable into the new port. And the same applies even if you have an old VGA monitor.
Types Of Video Connections :
Here is the list of types of video connections. Read on.
- DVI : DVI is an abbreviation for the Digital Video Interface and it is the digital standard for connecting monitors to the systems. The connections are color coded with white plastic and labels and a DVI cable should be used if you computer and external monitor comes with DVI connectors.
- DisplayPort : It is a new digital standard for connecting monitors to the computers and DisplayPort resembles a USB port but with an angle on one of its sides. The cable should be used if DisplayPort is available on your laptop and external monitor.
- VGA : The Video Graphics Array (VGA) is an analog standard for connecting monitors to the computers and the connections are color coded with blue plastic and labels. It should be used in case if DVI ports are not available on your laptop or the external monitor.
- HDMI : The High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is the digital standard for connecting several kinds of video devices. It comes with the same quality video signal as DVI. It can provide audio through the cable but the video card installed on your computer should be capable of supporting the audio through HDMI in order for it to work efficiently. This cable should be used if HDMI ports are available on your computer and the external monitor.
Here Is How You Can Configure Dual Monitors On Windows :
Configuring and managing two monitors on Windows is a simple task. All you need to do is just plug the monitor into the appropriate port on the system and the Windows will immediately extend the desktop onto it. Then you can drag and drop the windows between the monitors.
In case, the Windows by default show the same things, you can easily manage and fix it. If you pick Windows + P on your keyboard for your display on Windows 8 and 10, then a side bar appears for you to choose a new display mode. Here is the list of options you can opt for.
- Duplicate: If you are giving a presentation, then Windows can show the same content on all monitors. Only if you wish for the same.
- Extend: If you want an additional monitor for additional computer screen space, then Windows will enlarge and extend your desktop.
- Only For PC Screen: Note that Windows will your primary monitor and then other additional monitors will be black.
- For Second Screen: Windows will secondary display by turning off your primary display.
We will also brief you about the other most preferred method – ‘Screen Resolution Menu’ for the same. Follow the below mentioned step by step procedure for the required multiple displays.
- At first, close all the open programs.
- Then right click on the desktop and then pick ‘Screen Resolution’.
- Now, click the drop down list of the Multiple Displays.
- Select Duplicate These Displays or Extend These Displays.
In case, if you fail to see the additional monitors then select option – Detect. If it doesn’t work then restart the system and then repeat the procedure.
Duplicate These Displays : This feature helps you to duplicate the laptop screen image on the monitors with the help of the monitor of low resolution.
Extend These Displays : It helps you to move a window from one monitor to the other one by selecting the title bar of the window and then dragging it to a new location.
Show Desktop On 1 : This feature can help you out when your laptop is used as a desktop computer so that you can have a higher resolution of large external monitor.
- Now click ‘Identify Monitors’ to see which one is 1 and 2.
- Then drag the icons of the monitor to arrange the positions of the monitors as per the set up of your requirement.
- Select the Resolution drop down menu.
- Then select the screen resolution by moving the slider arrow to the right or left.
- Now click ‘OK’.
- Hold down the Windows Logo key and ‘P’ to change the current mode to computer, if you want to change the display resolution settings back to the earlier ones.
- Then click ‘Yes’ if you want to save the changes you have made.
- Then restart the system to make sure that all the changes you have made are saved.
Dual Monitors Setup For Windows 10 :
If you want to configure the same on Windows 10, then right click your desktop and pick ‘Display Settings’ or else navigate to Settings. Then go for System and Display. Now, click the button ‘Identify’ to view each display’s number that appears on the display. Then drag and drop the display. This enables the Windows to understand that they are physically positioned for a purpose.
Now, click ‘Apply’ to save the changes you opted for and remember that the display number one will be your primary display.
In case, if the Windows on your system fails to detect the connected displays then pick the ‘Detect’ button on the display at the bottom.
The user can click the each connected display and choose the required scaling level for the same. This can be helpful if one of displays is a high DPI display and other is not. You can also pick the orientations of the display by rotating.
This special feature also helps you to choose as how you want to use your display. Just press Windows + P for the access of such features or modules. The user can also change the primary display for the same. Just click ‘Make this my main display’ under the multiple displays at the top of the window, if you want to select the display for the primary one.
Both the Windows 8 and 10 allow the user to extend the Windows taskbar across the multiple monitors. If you want to activate this feature on Windows 10, then follow the instructions below.
- Go to Settings
- Pick Personalisation and then taskbar
- Now, enable the option – ‘Show taskbar on all displays’
For Windows 8 :
- Right click the taskbar
- Select the ‘Properties’
- Then activate the option – ‘Show taskbar on all displays’
Also, the user can select as how he / she wants the taskbar buttons to appear. You can prefer a window’s buttons should appear in the taskbar only on window’s display or on all displays.
On Windows 7 :
- Right click on your desktop
- Select the ‘Screen resolution’
- Click the button ‘Identify’ to view which monitor is which one
- Then drag and drop them in the window
Like Windows 8 and 10, Windows 7 doesn’t offer a multi-monitor taskbar feature built-in. So, the second monitor will not have a taskbar. In order to extend the taskbar onto an additional one, the user will need a third party feature like the free and open source Dual Monitor Taskbar.
Also, these multiple monitors enable the user to set different wallpaper for each monitor even if it is through a hidden feature in Windows or using a third party feature like Display Fusion – this offers customizable buttons and shortcut keys for switching windows between the multiple monitors.
The above listed methods will increase the productivity of your computer with the help of multiple displays. Remember you can go for these several displays only considering the port arrangement and the type of Windows the user is using.