This article will help you in setting up the Second monitor in Windows 10. Thankfully we don’t need any third party application because windows 10 has worked very well to bring on enough options in their Display settings. Before you start to connect the second monitor make sure that you have the right set of cables that have to connect from your laptop’s or Pc’s port to the Monitor, these ports may include, HDMI, DVI, VGA etc. as these mentioned ports are mostly used for connecting the second monitor with your laptop/Pc. Before starting with the step wise guide on how to set up a second monitor with Windows 10, I will assume that you have already connected cables from your second monitor to your laptop/Pc.

After connecting the second monitor with your laptop/Pc, Windows 10 will automatically detect the second Monitor and light up the display just like on your laptop/Pc. If it doesn’t detect the display jump on to the step 6 for detecting your display on the second Monitor.

Now, let’s start with the stepwise guide.

Step 1: Open Display settings from Desktop

Right-click anywhere on your Desktop, a pop up will appear with options as shown above. Now, click on the Display settings as highlighted above.

A Display Windows will launch up from settings as shown above.

Step 2: Manipulating display settings

Now scroll down until you find the Multiple displays heading as highlighted above.

Click on the drop-down arrow of Multiple displays and you will see more options in a dropdown menu as shown above. When you connected the second Monitor with your laptop/Pc, the default option selected will be Duplicate these displays as shown above. This option duplicates your laptop’s/Pc’s screen on the second Monitor.

By choosing Extend the displays your work surface will be extended on the second monitor.

By choosing Show only on 1 will turn off the display on the second monitor, and you will only be able to work on your primary screen.

By choosing Show only on 2 will turn off your primary screen and let you work on the second Monitor.

Step 3: Accessing of Multiple display settings from Desktop

For easily accessing the Multiple displays settings, while being on your desktop, press Windows key + P key, this will slide open a PROJECT pane with the options of Multiple displays as shown above. Click on the desired option from the pane to apply the action.

Step 4: Identifying the Screens

To identify which screen is the display 1 and which one is the display 2, click on the Identify button as highlighted above.

After clicking on the Identify button, a box with a screen Number will be animated on both screens, as shown above, this indicates which screen is the display 1 and display 2.

Step 5: Applying changes to Screens

To change the settings of the desired screen, click on the Screen 1 or 2 as shown above.

Now you can change the Brightness and color, Scale and layout, Resolution and Orientation of the selected screen as highlighted above. This will only be applied to the screen you have selected.

You can checkmark the Make this my main display to make the secondary Monitor your primary display or vice versa.

After you’re done with the settings, scroll back up and click on the Apply button as highlighted above.


Step 6: Detecting Second Monitor

In your taskbar or inside your notification tray, you can see battery icon as shown above.

Now right click on the battery icon a menu with options will pop up as shown above. Click on the Windows Mobility Center as highlighted above.

Windows Mobility Center Windows will appear, as shown above, now click on the Connect display button as highlighted above.

This will simply detect and connect your second monitor. If this method doesn’t detect your monitor, you can…

Go to Display settings and scroll down until you find Multiple displays heading, click on the Detect button as highlighted above.

If this method doesn’t detect your second monitor, try reconnecting the cable and repeat the methods and still if it doesn’t detect the monitor, try replacing the cable with a new one. That will do!

Congratulations! Now you know how to set up a second monitor with Windows 10. Enjoy!

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