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October 14, 2023

Setting Up Dual Monitors in Windows 8

Adding a second monitor to your computer can be a huge productivity aid. Putting your email, chat and web browser on one screen and your documents on the other can make it much easier to get work done. Windows 7 offers support for multiple displays, but Windows 8 takes it to the next level.

Getting started with dual monitors is pretty simple, as long as you have the right hardware and cables. Your computer will need to have a video port that matches an available one on your monitor, and the two should be connected with a compatible cable (like Displayport or HDMI).

Once the two screens are connected, you’ll need to tell Windows how to manage them. To do this, you’ll need to right-click on the desktop and select “Multiple displays,” “Screen resolution” or something similar. There will be four options: PC screen only, Duplicate these displays, Extend these displays and Show desktop only on this display.

The most useful option is probably Extend these displays, which allows you to set up the relative positions of the two screens. You can choose to have the second monitor appear on top of the primary one, beside it or on the left.

Another thing that’s cool about this feature is that it supports multiple monitors that have different resolutions. This can be a big help when you’re using a larger monitor for your primary desktop and a smaller one for your secondary screen. This way, you can easily drag applications to the appropriate screen based on your workflow.