Adding another display to your laptops or PC is a feature available on almost all the Windows platforms. This can be useful while giving presentations, showing slideshows, or sharing any desired content from PC on multiple displays. As nowadays Windows 10 and 8.1 are running in most of the PCs, here we will show you the steps to set up dual monitors on these versions. Setup of dual monitors in both the versions of Windows is almost similar with a few changes in the operation titles. You can even do it with just a tap of a key in some of the laptops like HP and others that may match the given criteria. So without further wait, let’s get started.
Setup Dual Monitors In Windows
If you ever wondered how to make two monitors work with the same computer or add the second monitor to a laptop then it’s simple, you just have to connect the displays via the HDMI, VGA or any other video output available.
Once done, the PC will automatically detect the second monitor and the second screen will be displayed. You can set different options from the system setting or directly from the keyboard keys. Now to change what will be shown on the connected monitor you will have to follow the given instructions:
Make Two Monitors Work With One Computer From System Settings
Windows 8 And 8.1:
- Go to the main display of your PC and right click the mouse. Now select Personalize from the menu.
- This will take you to the Personalize settings. On this page, from the left panel select Display. Or you can navigate to the location Control Panel>All Control Panel Items>Display.
- Now in the display settings page, again on the left panel, go to Project to a second screen.
- This will open a slide menu on the right side of the screen from where you can select the options of what to show on the second monitor. There are 4 options to select form PC screen only where nothing will be displayed on the second screen. Duplicate where the second screen will show the same display as the first. Extended in which the display will fit on both the monitors making it as one. And the Second screen only where only the second monitor will show the display instead of the PC display.
- Right-click on the main display anywhere, there will be Display settings select that.
- Now in the display settings, you’ll find Multiple displays section. Once the PC detects a connected display it will show you the options to set the secondary display output. You can also connect a wireless display in Windows 10.
- Here you can click on the drop-down menu and select from the given options of the output of the second display. You can also select the option to make the secondary display as the main display of the PC.
The settings for the display outputs are similar to the above ones with four options to select from.
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Setup Dual Monitors Using Keyboard Keys
To set up dual monitors in Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and a few other versions you can use a single command key. Most of the laptops like HP have a dedicated key on the function key F4 with a display icon on it. By pressing it, the panel for selecting the options for projecting display on the second screen will open. If you have laptops other than HP then you can search for the same display icon in the function number keys. It may or may not be available for every laptop and in case it’s not here then you can use the second keyboard shortcut.
This keyboard shortcut will work with almost any version of Windows like 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, whether laptop or desktops. From the keyboard press Windows key+P, this will again open the side panel where the options for display output will be shown. Select the desired one and you will be able to see the change in the additional display.
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These were the methods in which you can set up dual monitors in Windows. While some of the methods only work for a certain version of Windows and laptops, the keyboard shortcut key is the best option as it works on almost any version of Windows and device – no matter laptop or desktop. One thing to remember, you should always make sure that the cable is properly connected between the monitors before setting up the dual screen.