Sometimes, you will need to use more than one monitor with your computer. Usually, users will use the second screen to display stock information or something similar while working on the first monitor. Or sometimes, they just want to have more space to work or play online games.
But do you know how to connect and set up a new monitor in Windows 10?
Don’t worry! In this article, I’m going to show you how to connect and set up your new monitor in Windows 10. It isn’t as complicated as you thought.
How To Connect And Set Up Multiple Monitors In Windows 10
The first thing you need to do is to connect your new monitor to your Windows 10 PC. This display could be a PC monitor or an HDTV, depending on your needs.
Connect your display to the power source. Then connect the signal cable from your display to your PC.
Depending on your graphics card, you will need to use an appropriate signal cable. Please ensure that your display has the same connectivity port as your graphics card. Otherwise, you can’t connect it to your computer.
For example, if your graphics card only has an HDMI port, but you purchase a monitor that has a DVI or DisplayPort port, then obviously you can’t connect them together.
Take a look at the image below for the list of common display connections:
How To Configure Your Monitor In Windows 10
After plugging your new monitor to your computer, you can right-click on your desktop screen and select the “Display settings” option to configure your monitors. If your PC doesn’t recognize your new monitor, click on the Detect button or restart it.
In this settings section, you can choose the orientation of your displays, re-arrange displays, resolutions, as well as multiple display modes.
How To Switch Between Display Modes Quickly
Instead of going to Settings -> Display and change the display mode, you can press Windows + P to switch between those modes quickly.
When you press this combination of keys, a new sidebar will appear on your right side. It has four options:
- PC screen only: When you select this mode, only your primary display is used.
- Duplicate: By selecting this mode, the secondary display will show the same as your primary display. There is no difference between them.
- Extend: Both displays are combined to create a large screen. It can be expanded to the left or the right, depending on your configuration.
- Second screen only: When you choose this mode, your primary screen will be turned off. Instead, the secondary monitor will be used.
I hope you can add and set up your new screen after reading this guide. Obviously, it is not as hard as you thought.
If you have any questions regarding this guide, or about how to set up a new display in Windows 10, don’t hesitate to ask.