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Set Up Multiple Monitors on Your Computer

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Watch the VIDEO or follow the instructions below to set up a multiple monitor configuration on your computer with Microsoft® Windows® 8 operating system.

  1. Connect the external monitor to the VGA or HDMI® port on your computer.
    • Not all computers have an HDMI port. Refer to the manual for model-specific information. Manuals are posted on your model support page.
  2. Set up your monitor using either the Charms bar or the Control Panel.
    • Charms bar:
      1. On the Start screen, point (but don't click) the lower-right corner of your desktop.
      2. Select the Devices charm.

        Devices

        • You can also access the Devices screen using the Windows + K key combination.
      3. Under Devices, click on Second screen.

      4. Under Second screen, select your preferred configuration:

        • PC screen only: Your desktop uses the main computer monitor only.
        • Duplicate: Both the main computer monitor and the external monitor display your desktop.
        • Extended: Your desktop extends from the main computer monitor to the external monitor.
        • Second screen only: Your desktop uses the external monitor only.
    • Control Panel:
      1. Right-click on an empty space on your desktop and select Screen resolution.
      2. In the In the Screen Resolution window, click the down arrow next to Multiple displays.

        Contol Panel

      3. Select your preferred configuration:
        • Duplicate these displays: Both the main computer monitor and the external monitor display your desktop.
        • Extend these displays: Your desktop extends from the main computer monitor to the external monitor.
        • Show desktop only on 1: Your desktop uses Display 1 only.
        • Show desktop only on 2: Your desktop uses Display 2 only.
      4. After you select your preferred configuration, click on Apply.
      5. Click on OK.