Dual Monitor Setup Guide | How to Connect 2 Monitors to PC/Laptop

Jul.03, 2019 15:53. Posted by to Tutorials

Dual monitors are extremely useful in a number of situations. For example, if you need an extended view of what you're working on, a better resolution for certain things, or if you just need multiple applications to be visible side-by-side in full size, this is the best way to do it. Another reason for wanting a duplicate monitor is to have the second screen mirror everything that appears on the first. You might want to have a larger screen with a higher resolution for certain applications like photo editing software or for doing a presentation.


In short, you can have a second monitor to either mirror the first one or to extend it. The set up part is fairly easy, but we'll explain the whole process and how to change your settings in Windows 10 to accommodate the second monitor for mirroring as well as extending. Please check the following tips for dual monitor setup.

Part 1: Check Display Ports on PC or Laptop for Dual Monitor Setup

The first thing to consider is how to connect the second monitor to the PC or laptop running Windows 10. There are basically three types of screens you can use as a secondary monitor: another monitor, a standard definition TV or a high definition TV. On the monitor side, the cable can be either VGA or DVI for a regular computer monitor.


Display Port


For a standard definition TV you'll need either a composite video or S-video jack. For smart TVs and high definition screens you can use a DVI or HDMI cable. At the computer end, you'll either be using HDMI or VGA, depending on what's available. Once you have the cable with the appropriate male or female jacks at both ends, connect your second monitor to the computer and fire up your Windows 10 PC or laptop.


If the port was not available or matched, you need to buy additional cable adapter to connect the monitor to computer. It is highly recommened to check out the available display ports on PC or laptop before buying the second monitor.

Part 2: Display Settings for Connecting 2 Monitors to Windows 10 Computer

There are two ways to configure display settings so two monitors can be used side by side. The first is to do it directly from Display Settings, and the second is to do it from the graphics card control panel. Both processes are explained in detail below. Just follow the instructions and you'll be set up in no time.


Step 1: Right-click your desktop in any free space and select Display Settings.


Step 2: Depending on where you're placing the monitor relative to your main monitor, drag the screens showing 1 and 2 to their correct places. If both monitors don't have their displays on, check all the cables and click on Detect.


Multiple Displays Windows 10


Step 3: You will see a dropdown menu for Multiple Displays. Select the correct option (extended or duplicate) and change the orientation and resolution if you need to. You can also adjust their relative height on your screen, and this must correspond to their physical relative heights.


Tips: A good way to see if it's set up correctly is to move your mouse pointer back and forth and see if it appears at the same height from the top or bottom of both screens. If it's done correctly, you should be able to see any “jump” in the mouse pointer when it moves from one monitor to the other.


Step 4: Click on Keep Changes to save your tweaks.


You're all done. You can now use them as duplicate monitors to mirror your content or as one being an extension of the other to increase your workspace. It's important that you use the right cable, and that your configuration is setup in a way that makes it comfortable to navigate between the two monitors.

Display Settings via Graphics Card Panel for Dual Monitor Setup (Optional)

In case you can't change the display settings for any reason, you can also configure it using the graphics driver. Here's how to do that:


Step 1: Right-click in an empty place on the desktop and look for your Graphics Card Settings. It may be called Control or Settings, and it should open the control panel for your card.


Step 2: You will see an option called Arrange, Display or something similar. Click on that and click on Multiple Displays if you see it on the screen.


Step 3: Choose between Extended, Duplicate and Clone, and click Finish/Apply to confirm the settings changes.


Dual Monitors



Using either of the two ways described above, you can easily set up a dual monitor on a Windows 10 computer. The steps are pretty simple but you have to make sure the display port is available for multiple displays. If not, then you should purchase extra cables to connect the computer and second monior.



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