Just in case you need a guide on dual monitor setup, we have got you covered. A system with dual monitor can help you multitask easily, thereby improving your productivity. You would also feel less cramped while working.
Irrespective of your field, having a dual monitor would make your work more productive. This is especially useful for gamers, content creators, data analysts and many other fields. The dual monitor setup is easy but tricky. You need to ensure it is configured properly. We would show you how to do this below.
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Dual Monitor Setup in Windows 10
The good news is that Windows 10 has different features and settings that can support numerous monitors without necessarily having to use third-party applications like you would when using Windows 7.
With Windows 10, you can set up multiple monitors using three different methods which would be discussed extensively below.
Before you can use this method, you need to ensure that you have the right cables. First of all, check the type of port on your computer and do the same for the monitor. The HDMI port is the most popular, and it is found on almost every PC and monitor. Hence, getting an HDMI cable shouldn’t be difficult.
Note that there are different types of HDMI port, so you have to ensure that the video connection on your PC matches that of your monitor. Follow the steps below to use cables to set up your dual monitor.
- Start by plugging the cable that matches with your PC and monitor, then connect the power cable and switch on the monitor.
- Next, you will need to configure your display. This will allow you to either extend or duplicate your desktop display using the second monitor. Normally, Windows would automatically detect and configure the new monitor, but if not, you can do it yourself. To do this, follow the steps below:
- First, of all, go to your PC’s Desktop and right-click on an empty space.
- Then, select the Display Settings.
- Finally, scroll down to Multiple Displays and select Detect.
- Note that for a wireless monitor, under Multiple Displays, you will need to click Connect to a wireless display. Also, you can choose the monitor order by clicking Identify. Windows will display number 1 and 2 on each screen, so this helps you know which one is which.
- The next step would be personalizing your monitor display which you can do by:
- Deciding to show the Start screen only on your PC and not the second monitor.
- Setting your taskbar preference by right-click Taskbar > Settings > Taskbar preferences.
- Personalizing your background image by right-clicking on your Desktop> Personalize and select images, themes or colours.
- Note that Windows 10 has a new panoramic theme that would allow you to span a panoramic picture across both monitors. It is easy to do this, just click Start > Settings > Personalization.
Using a Docking Station
Another way to set up dual monitors is by using a docking station. A docking station helps you connect multiple peripherals like the mouse, keyboard, external hard drives, printers and external monitors. It is like a port replicator since it provides more ports for your PC.
A docking station would also allow you to connect multiple monitors to your PC since they have more video ports. Once it is connected to your PC, you can simply switch it off and use your monitor instead.
Using a Casting Device
With a casting device like Chromecast, you can easily duplicate your PC’s screen to a second monitor or display. You can do so many things with Google Chromecast like including casting to dual monitors from a video player, music files or podcasts, your entire Desktop or even browser tabs.
To be able to cast your entire Desktop using Google Chromecast, just follow the steps below.
- First, click on the Chromecast icon which you will find at the top right corner of your browser and go to the settings menu (three dots) then click cast.
- Next, select Sources just below the displays.
- Then, click on Cast Desktop and select the screen you want. You will have the option of choosing which of the screens you want to cast as well as the option to cast audio too.
- Once you have selected your preferred options, select Share. Then, the screen would be cast to your monitor using Chromecast. It will also show elements like your taskbar and many more.
However, you should note that this does not mean that you can move open programs, windows or apps between the two screens.
Also, read how to connect your laptop to your TV here.
There are numerous ways to set up dual monitors in your windows 10 computer. Follow any of the methods explained above and begin to enjoy all the benefits that come with using multiple monitors. However, you should bear in mind that there is a limit to what you can do on both monitors if you use the Chromecast method. Let us know in the comments if you’re having any difficulties setting up your dual monitor.