Dual monitor use is a workplace setup that has now become an industry standard across major businesses. If you work in an office, chances are you already have a dual monitor setup with a laptop or dual-screen monitors attached to your work desktop and have experienced the firsthand benefits of a multi-monitor setup. At work, someone from your tech department set up your dual screen monitor for you, and because of that, you may not know how to set up two monitors by yourself. Luckily for you, learning how to connect dual monitors on a pc or laptop is an easy task. This article will teach you how to set up dual monitors on a pc or laptop within 5 minutes.
How to set up two monitors
To start your dual monitor setup, you will need to ensure that your second monitor is plugged into a power source and connected to your computer via an HDMI, DisplayPort, or USB-C cable. The Windows software will automatically detect the monitor when you connect your second display to your computer or laptop. Press Window + P to access the display option; you will be presented with four options: PC Screen only, Duplicate, Extend, and Second screen only. To get a two-monitor setup, select Duplicate or Extend.
If the second monitor does not automatically connect, follow the steps below to learn how to set up a second monitor manually:
- Press Windows + I to access your Settings.
- In your Settings, go to Systems > Display. If you do not see the monitors, select Detect.
- In the Multiple displays section, select an option from the dropdown list to determine how your desktop will display across your screens. The options are the same as the one mentioned in the paragraph above.
- Once you have selected what you see on your displays, select Keep changes.
Now that you know how to set up a second monitor, you can experiment with different monitor placements to find the perfect dual-screen setup for you.