Monitor: Dual Screen Setup for Notebook Computers

Monitor: Dual Screen Setup for Notebook Computers

Before you start...

The following steps explain how to configure a notebook computer to display in dual screen mode using a second, external monitor.


Older notebook computers may not support this functionality. Please submit an IT request (ITR) if you need additional assistance.

Physical Set Up

Normally external monitors 22" or larger are positioned to the right of the notebook (or according to user preference). 

Output Mode (Duplicated vs. Extended View)

  1. Log in to the notebook computer. Power on your second, external monitor.
  2. Right-click on the notebook desktop > Select "Graphics Options."
  3. Select "Output To" > Choose "Extended Desktop."

Primary and Secondary Monitor Default Settings

  1. Right-click on the notebook desktop > Select "Screen Resolution."
  2. The primary monitor (which contains your toolbar) is listed first in each set.
    • By default, the notebook screen is your primary monitor, indicated by the number 1. 
    • By default, your mouse moves from left to right as you travel from your notebook screen to the external monitor.
  3. Click [OK] to save the default setting.
  4. If you desire a different setup, please submit an IT request (ITR)

Set Resolution

  1. Right-click on your desktop > Choose "Screen Resolution."
  2. Click on monitor number 1.
  3. Suggested notebook resolution is 1366 x 768. (Choose from the "Resolution:" pull-down list).
  4. Now choose monitor number 2, which is your desktop.
  5. External monitor resolution can be 1680 x 1050 or your preference (higher is better).
  6. Click the [Apply] button to preview the settings.
  7. Click [OK] if you are satisfied with how both screens display.

Hints and Suggestions

  • If you are using a desktop computer with a second, external monitor, please refer to the related help page covering Dual Screen Setup for Desktop Computers .
  • The default display is a "duplicated" image (the same image will display on both the laptop and the external monitor screens).
  • If someone logs in to your computer after you, the monitors will revert to a "duplicated" display for that user. However, the monitors will remember the extended display associated with your login the next time you log in.

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