Setting Up/Using Dual Monitors

One of the best ways to improve your productivity is to double your desktop workspace by adding a second monitor to your PC. Using multiple monitors makes many tasks easier by allowing you to have more windows visible. By following these steps you can benefit from multiple monitors.

Connecting A Second Monitor:

Many PCs have built-in support for multiple monitors. Look at the back of your PC to see if you have an available VGA or DVI port. If you don’t then you may need to purchase another video card with dual monitor capability. Once you have the correct connections all you need to do next is to Enable the Dual-view feature.

These instructions are not universal, I’ll include some for the computer I’m running below.

Enable Dual-view (method 1):

  1. Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.
  2. In the Display Properties box, click the Settings tab.
  3. Click the Display list and select your external monitor.
  4. Select the Extend My Windows Desktop onto This Monitor check box.
  5. Click Identify. Large numbers will be displayed on each monitor. Drag and drop the monitor icons to match the physical arrangements of your monitors.
  6. Click OK.

Enable Dual-view (method 2):

  1. Right-click on the Desktop.
  2. Click Screen Resolution.
  3. Click Detect to verify that both displays are being detected.
  4. Click Identify to show which screen is which.
  5. You can then drag the displays and orient them how you wish.
  6. Be sure to select Extend These Displays under the Multiple Displays: list

With Dual-view enabled, you can drag windows between monitors as if the two monitors are connected.

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