12/17/2015

Windows 10 Tutorial - How to Setup Multiple Monitors

Hello everyone, and welcome again! In
this Tutorial, we will learn, How to Setup Multiple Monitors in Windows 10.
Before setting up multiple monitors in Windows 10, I assume that you have
already connected an additional monitor to your computer, either it is a
notebook or desktop, and have properly plug-in all the wires, and you may also
require to configure some BIOS settings as well, to Enable Dual Monitor
support.

For instance, on my ECS, A55 F2,
motherboard, I have to configure my BIOS to enable, Dual Monitor support, and I
have connected one monitor on inbuilt VGA port of the motherboard, and the
second monitor is connected to AMD Radeon R7 200 Series PCI Express Card.

If you have properly connected both
monitors, and have also configured the BIOS settings properly, then you don’t
need to configure anything in Windows itself. When you connect an additional
monitor to your computer or notebook, Windows 10 automatically detects the
additional monitor, and start displaying your Windows desktop automatically.

However, you can configure some
Multiple Monitor settings according to your preferences. To do this,
right-click on an empty area of your Desktop, and then choose Display Settings
from the context menu. If Windows has already detected and installed the
additional monitor drivers, then you will see one and two number in the preview
pane, indicating that Windows has already detected and setup multiple monitors.
If you are still seeing only one number in the preview pane, then you can click
Detect link, and Windows will try to look, if there is an additional monitor
has been connected. If Windows fails to detect any additional monitor even if
you have properly plug-in all the wires, then you may need to look into your
BIOS Settings for any Dual Monitor support option, or you may also require to
install the add-on VGA Card drivers, where you have plug-in your second
monitors.
Once you are done, and Windows
detected both the monitors, then it is the time to configure some additional
multi monitor settings. Clicking on Identify link will display numerical number
1 and 2 on both monitors, telling you that Windows is assuming which monitor as
number one, and which one the number two. If number 1 and number 2 monitor are
not as you want, like you want the number 2 to be number 1, and number 1
monitor to be number 2, then you don’t need to change wire settings, or
monitor’s positions. You can do this right from the Display Settings window. To
change the position of monitors in Windows, simply drag and drop the monitors
in the preview pane, and you don’t need to change the position of monitors
physically. This setting determines that which monitor is setup on your left
side, and which one is on the right side.

But the next problem could be that,
you might want to set the number 2 display as your Main Display. Then just
select the 2nd computer from the preview pane, and then click “Make this my
main display”. Apply the changes, and in an instant, your main desktop with all
its icon and the taskbar will be shifted to your second display, which you just
made as your main display. You can revert back anytime, by making your 1st
display as the Main Display again.

Depending on either you have connected
two display to a desktop computer, or with a notebook, you might see different
or additional options under Multiple Displays drop down menu. Like, as I have
connected these two display with a Desktop computer, I have these 3 options in
the list.

The first option is, Extend these
displays, which is usually will be the default option for Desktop computers
with multiple displays, and is widely used everywhere. This option extend the
windows display to both monitors, and ultimately giving you larger area for
work. Let’s first apply this setting, and see what we can do with extended display.
The best thing that you can do with
multiple monitor with extended display is, you can move applications between
both display. To move an application to other display, just grab it from the
top edge or title bar, and drag it from one monitor to another. That’s it! So
multiple monitors will make it easy for you, when you need to have an eye on
one screen, and work on the second at the same time. Ultimately making you more
productive when you need to work with a lot of apps in a time, and you may not require
to minimize certain applications, or switch between apps when you need to work
on at least two applications at the same time. You can even play a video on one
screen, and can work on your office application at the same time on other
screen.

For any reason if you want to switch
back to one screen, then you can do this from the Display Settings window
without actually disconnecting any monitor. From the Multiple Displays drop
down, choose which monitor you only want to see, either number 1 or number 2,
and the other will be switch off right away.

Then you have the option to change the
Orientation of monitors. In Orientation you have four options, Landscape, which
will be the default for wide screens, then you have Portrait, and then Portrait
Flipped, so Landscape Flipped.

If your both monitors have wider
screens, then you may not require to change the orientation, as the Landscape
is best option for wider screens, until you have settle your monitors in a
different position. For instance, if I have to rotate and place one of my
monitor in vertical position for some reason, then I can change the orientation
from Landscape to Portrait, so the contents can be fit and seen nicely on that
particular monitor, and there you have the example right away.

And for any reason, if you have to
place a monitor on a 360-degree rotation, like completely upside down, then you
can use the options, Landscape Flipped or Portrait Flipped, where Windows will
rotate the display to 360 degrees on an upside down monitor, and you will be
able to see the contents properly.

If you need to configure more Advanced
Settings, like Screen Resolution, Color and Text settings, then you can click
the Advanced display settings link, and here you can choose different
resolution for both monitors, if they are different in sizes, or can configure
color and text settings as well.

People having accessibility problems
can also enlarge the size of text, applications and other items that they see
on the screen from the previous window. Changing this setting might require you
to log out and login back to your user account.

To quickly switch between different
multiple monitor settings, you can also press Windows + P key to bring some
multiple monitor options. As I told you before, depending on either you are
setting multiple monitors with a Desktop or Laptop, you might see different
settings accordingly.

So this was an overview about Setting
Up Multiple Display on a Windows PC.