How to Connect Two Monitors

by Lysis

Having two monitors is convenient for people who work mainly from a computer. A dual-monitor setup can be used to view two different windows. For instance, a window for typing in a word document and a second window with a browser for referencing are good ways to use dual monitors for work. As long as you have a compatible computer with two video card connections for the monitors, the computer can be configured in only a few steps.

Check the back of the computer where the video card displays its connectors. The video card needs to have two VGA connections or two DVI connections. These connectors are usually color coded blue or white on the back of the video card.

Connect the two monitors to the connections on the video card. The monitors have cables that attach directly to the monitor and connect to the video card. Turn on both of the monitors for the next step.

Start the configuration process by clicking the Windows "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Double-click the "Appearance and Themes" and select "Display." This opens the configuration window for the dual monitors.

Click the "Display" tab at the top of the window. In this tab, two screens labeled "1" and "2" are shown. Click the "2" screen. This selects the second monitor for configuration.

Check the box that is labeled "Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor." Click the "OK" button, and the other monitor should now display the desktop of the computer.

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About the Author

Lysis is the pen name for a former computer programmer and network administrator who now studies biochemistry and biology while ghostwriting for clients. She currently studies health, medicine and autoimmune disorders. Lysis is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in genetic engineering.