How To Set Up Dual Monitors

Increase Your Productivity 20-30% With Dual Monitors

Business experts have been boasting that using two monitors is proven to increase productivity at least 20-30 percent…some say as much as 50%! While you can accomplish most tasks with only one monitor, a second monitor helps to increase productivity by decreasing the time it takes to complete certain tasks. Some of these tasks include:

  • Writing an article using source material
  • Easier cutting and pasting.
  • Comparing an original image to the finished one in graphic design
  • Spreading large spreadsheets across two monitors to view a report in its entirety
  • Keeping your calendar open to keep an eye on upcoming meetings as you work
  • Leaving an email box or chat box open while you work.

Multiple monitors also give you more screen real estate. When you hook two monitors up to a computer, you can move your mouse back and forth between them, dragging programs between monitors as if you had an extra-large desktop. Windows makes it very easy to set up additional monitors, and your computer probably has the necessary ports.

How To Set Up Dual Monitors in Windows 8 Or 10

Windows makes using multiple monitors easy. Just plug the monitor into the appropriate port on your computer, and Windows should automatically extend your desktop onto it. You can now just drag and drop windows between monitors. However, Windows may mirror your displays instead, showing the same thing on each one by default If that’s the case, you can easily fix that. Please note, in some instances, you may require a docking station to complete this set up.

To quickly choose how you want to use your display on Windows 8 or 10, press Windows+P on your keyboard. A sidebar will appear and you’ll be able to quickly choose a new display mode. You’ll probably want to use the Extend option to get more room for windows on your desktop, unless you’re giving a presentation, but here’s what all the options do:

PC Screen only: Windows will only use your primary monitor, and any additional monitors will be black.

Duplicate: Windows will show the same image on all monitors. This is useful if you’re giving a presentation and want the same image on your primary monitor and the secondary display, for example.

Extend: Windows will enlarge and extend your desktop, giving you another screen to work with. This is the option you’ll want if you’re using an additional monitor for additional PC screen space.

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