Have you been bored with the limited screen space on the PC when working from home? Now is the right time to expand your work station by adding more real estate screens. Adding more screens helps you save time and provides a deeper experience that you are a developer, gamer, or broker.
But before you decide to invest in an extra screen or plug in an old one, you need to verify your PC’s compatibility. Each system is supported by a large number of connection types which vary from generation to generation and the most commonly described below.
Screen Connector Type
Typically, there are four types of display connectors that can be used to plug additional monitors into your PC, namely VGA, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort. VGA and DVI are outdated and not found on newer screens, but if you have an older monitor, you might still use this connector.
HDMI has become the default connector for TVs, monitors and other displays for the time being until it is replaced by the latest DisplayPort connector. If you have a laptop, some monitors can also display a USB-C connector with Thunderbolt compatibility.
You can set as many displays as possible by your system, which can vary from two to four and even more displays running simultaneously.
Here’s how to set up multiple monitors in Windows 10
Once you know what type of connection your PC and monitor supports, you can simply plug the connector into the relevant port. Your PC will automatically detect that the second display is connected and in most cases, your screen will be duplicated on the newly connected display. But if there is no response from your PC then there may not be a display driver that can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.
For further information on the type of connection of your monitor or how to plug it in, you can check the instruction manual or the manufacturer’s website for the model number of your monitor – it can also be found on the packaging or on a label at the back of your monitor.
Then you can simply look up the information and plug in the monitor by following the OEM’s instructions. Some monitor support sections of ASUS, LG, Samsung, and Dell are listed where you can address your issue to get it resolved or follow up with other FAQs.
Modes of Display Connections
- Once you have connected the display to your PC, it would duplicate the screen of your default monitor and project it onto the newly connected one. Press the Windows key + P to bring up the Project menu. You can see the screen is set on Duplicate by default as this is helpful if you have plugged in your laptop to a larger external screen or simply wish to project two outputs of a single input simultaneously.
2. The Extend feature extends your screen because it combines both one and two views together to form an expanded view. This can be used to keep tabs open while you browse the web or create reports while on the go without minimizing any tabs. You can access the expanded screen by pushing the mouse pointer to the right edge of Screen 1 and will appear on Screen 2. The orientation of your screen settings can be changed later in Settings.
3. The second screen just turns off the first display and uses the second display as the main one. This can be useful if you have connected your laptop to an external monitor and want to use it as the only screen.
How to Configure Multiple Monitors
1. Right-click on the home screen and select Display settings.
2. This is how the preview display works in Duplicate mode.
3. This is a preview for the Extend mode because now you can shake the orientation of your monitor by dragging Screen 1 to the right or Screen 2 to the left. The screen size varies in this case because the first display is a 15.6 “laptop that is paired with a 39” screen.
4. If you want to determine which display then click on the Identify option in the Display settings and it will display a preview of the active number of each screen. This can be used to calibrate, position and sort the orientation of each screen.
5. You can adjust the display brightness accordingly if you scroll down and even tweak the Windows HD Color Settings which allows you to select various profiles based on display specifications and properties.
6. Screen scaling, resolution and orientation can be updated in the Scale and layout menu. The higher the scaling size, the bigger and bolder the text and application appear. This is variable because larger displays tend to perform better at higher scaling. Select the preferred scaling option from Change text size, applications, and other drop-down menu items.
7. Select the required resolution from the Screen Resolution drop-down menu because this is also a variable based on monitor specifications and configuration. For example, the top resolution of a laptop screen, in this case, is 1366 x 768 while it can be increased to 1920 x 1080 because this is the second screen resolution.
8. Display orientation is important if you plan to save it in Portrait mode because you need extra time for coding or other development tasks. Landscaping is more user-friendly in terms of visually intensive tasks such as video editing and other types of post-media processing. You can also flip the screen upside down in Landscape and Portrait orientation based on your needs.
9. You can then see the specifications and configuration of the connected views in the Advanced display settings.
10. You can see the Desktop resolution, Refresh rate, Bit depth, color format, and color space under the Display information tab.
These are the basic steps needed to set up multiple monitors in Windows 10 because now you can increase productivity and meet deadlines without reducing any type of screen size limitations on your PC. If you want to measure or adjust the text size and cursor of each monitor individually, please go to our previous guide for more details.