How to connect laptop to two monitors


Why use two monitors?

Two monitors could be the best way to enjoy your laptop when you are watching movies, playing games or working with professional applications.

Using two computer monitors has become more common in recent years as the technology becomes less expensive and easier for consumers to set up. You can quickly connect two monitor displays to a computer using an HDMI port or DVI port or an HDMI/VGA port.

PS: Always disconnect the current monitor before connecting the second monitor display. Turn off both displays in order to prevent electric shock while reconnecting them or making other connections in between screens.

How laptop differs from a desktop

However in most laptops, you only have one port i.e. a VGA port or an HDMI.

So in this case you’ll need to use a docking station which can support up to six displays including 4K resolution at 60Hz if you have the budget and a powerful enough laptop for multi monitor set up.

System requirements

Connecting an additional monitor to a laptop is straightforward if you have the right equipment (a docking station) and software. For this example we are going to use Windows 10 because earlier versions of Windows such as Windows 7 and Vista do not include all of the necessary components by default that allows your laptop to connect to multiple monitors. Ultra-wide monitors are good as they provide excellent multi-tasking capabilities.

The other requirement is that your graphics card should support two monitors as well as having an available HDMI output on the graphics card itself or via a docking station or port replicator which can be plugged into any USB port or Thunderbolt connection. In general terms it is easier to use mini displayport instead of HDMI.

You should have at least 8GB of RAM or you’ll need to get in touch with us

Initial Setup

First you must make sure that your laptop is off and disconnected from the power supply. Once this has been done you can connect an external monitor or secondary display to your computer by choosing a connection type from either VGA, DVI, HDMI or mini-display port on the new monitor and connecting this cable between the new monitor and a free port on your laptop. If you have chosen to use multiple monitors then it may be necessary to set up these screens in an extended desktop mode so that each screen gets its own taskbar while using one mouse and keyboard for both screens. This setting will be found under the Orientation section in the Screen Resolution window after clicking Configure Display located at the top left of the window.

How to connect laptop to two monitors

1. Plug the monitor into the adapter cable and then plug the other end of this cable into your PC’s VGA, DVI, HDMI or mini-display port. For best results use an adapter cable rather than using a converter box if you are using multiple monitors on your laptop so that there are not any additional delays when switching between displays.

2. Go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display > Screen Resolution if you have only one display connected to your computer at this time. If you have two screens plugged in then open the Orientation menu here instead. Using these options, extend your main (cloned) desktop across both monitors if you want them to act as one huge screen. Otherwise, place your two screens side by side, with the primary display on the left and the secondary display located to its right.

3. Right-Click on an empty spot on the task bar, select Properties > Taskbar tab > check “Use Small Icons” and uncheck “Lock The Taskbar.” Now click Customize Taskbar. Drag the Quick Launch toolbar onto one of your second monitors if you plan to use it. If not then drag some other toolbars up here that you would like to have access to all of the time without having to flip back and forth between displays.

4. Press Windows Key + P to bring up a menu that gives you an option to “Duplicate” your main screen onto the secondary display. Select this option and then click Apply. Now, just drag these displays around until you have them set up how you would like.

5. To resize the screens so they are all even, right-click on an empty spot on the task bar, select Properties > Taskbar tab > check “Use Small Icons” and uncheck “Lock The Taskbar.” Now click Customize Taskbar Drag any toolbars or icons back over to one of your second monitors if desired . Hit apply when you’re done rearranging things.

6. If your laptop is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity capabilities then it should be fairly simple to connect your Bluetooth mouse to your laptop. If you don’t own a Bluetooth mouse, any standard USB mouse will do.

Also See: How To Connect Computer or Laptop to TV

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