Monitor: Dual Screen Setup for Desktop Computers

Monitor: Dual Screen Setup for Desktop Computers

The following instructions will show you how to configure two monitors to display a single workspace.

Set the Primary and Secondary Monitor

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select "Display settings." At the top of the resulting dialogue box, your available monitors appear as blue, numbered boxes. Each box represents a monitor (e.g. box "1" corresponds with the left monitor and box "2" corresponds with the right monitor).
  2. From the display, select the monitor you wish to be your main display.
  3. Check the box that says "Make this my main display." The other monitor will automatically become the secondary display.
  4. When finished, click [Apply].

Set the Monitors' Resolution

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select "Display settings." At the top of the resulting dialogue box, your available monitors appear as blue, numbered boxes. Each box represents a monitor (e.g. box "1" corresponds with the left monitor and box "2" corresponds with the right monitor).
  2. From the display, select the monitor you wish to adjust. 
  3. Click the "Advanced display setting" link. 
  4. Click the "Resolution" drop-down menu and select your desired resolution. 
  5. When finished, click [Apply].

Set the Monitors' Display Style

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select "Display settings." At the top of the resulting dialogue box, your available monitors appear as blue, numbered boxes. Each box represents a monitor (e.g. box "1" corresponds with the left monitor and box "2" corresponds with the right monitor).
  2. Click the "Multiple displays" drop-down menu and choose from the following options:
    • Select "Duplicate these displays" to enable the secondary monitor display to mirror the primary monitor display. 
    • Select "Extend these displays" to expand your desktop across each monitor. 
    • Select "Show only 1" to disable monitor "2" and only use  monitor "1". 
    • Select "Show only 2" to disable monitor "1" and only use monitor "2". 
  3. When finished, click [Apply]. 

Set the Monitors' Position

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select "Display settings." At the top of the resulting dialogue box, your available monitors appear as blue, numbered boxes. Each box represents a monitor.
  2. If you want the mouse to scroll left to right across your monitors, make sure monitor "1" is on the left and monitor "2" is on the right.
  3. To change the monitors' position, click, drag, and place the blue, numbered boxes to your preferred position. If you are unsure which monitor is "1" or "2," click the "Identify" link. The assigned monitor number will then appear on each monitor's screen.
  4. When finished, click [Apply].

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