April 18, 2011
I love having two monitors! I usually have more than one program open, hopping between the two like a frog on a lily pad. If you think that you could work more easily with two monitors, but don’t know how to set them up, here’s how:
- Before you get that extra monitor, make sure that you have a port for it. Look on the back of your computer (or laptop dock) for a plug in that looks like this:
- Attach your monitor to this port and plug in the power outlet.
- Turn on the monitor.
- Next, enable the Dualview feature:
- Right-click on the desktop and then select Properties.
- In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.
- In the Display list, click Multiple Monitors.
- Check the box next to “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor”.
- Click the Identify button. You will see 2 large numbers that identify the primary monitor and the new secondary one. Drag the numbers to match the physical setup of the monitors.
- Click OK.
- To be able to drag a screen over on to the other monitor, be sure to click the Downsize button (up in the top right corner) first.