How to Set Up a Second Monitor for an Acer Aspire One (7 Steps)

By Tyson Cliffton

Just because you use a netbook doesn't mean you're stuck watching a small screen. Hooking up a second monitor to your netbook gives you the flexibility to view reference documents on one screen while you work on the other, view the same screen on both monitors for a larger group of viewers or just display your monitor on a bigger screen for personal work. Setting up a second monitor for your Acer Aspire One takes only a few minutes.

Step 1

Open the monitor for your Acer Aspire One and press the "Power" button to turn it on.

Step 2

Connect a VGA cable into the VGA output on your netbook. The VGA output is located on the lower left side of your device. Connect the other end of the VGA cable into the VGA input on your external monitor, turn the monitor on and set the input to the VGA cable.

Step 3

Right-click in an open area on the Acer Aspire One home screen. Click "Graphics Options," "Output To" and then click "Monitor."

Step 4

Click the "Start" icon in the lower left corner of your Windows 7 home screen if the "New Display Detected" dialog box does not automatically appear. Click "Control Panel," "Mobile PC" and then click "Windows Mobility Center." The "New Display Detected" dialog box will be displayed.

Step 5

Click the drop-down arrow to the right of "Multiple Displays" and select "External Display Only" to display the monitor on the external device only, "Mirrored" to display the same monitor on both devices, or "Extended" to keep the Windows 7 home screen on one screen and a blank background on the other screen, where you can drag documents or files.

Step 6

Click "Apply" after making your selection and then click "OK." Your monitor settings will be applied. Unless you change your monitor settings, your netbook will default to these settings when you hook up an external monitor.

Press the "Fn" and "F5" keys at the same time if you have your monitor set up to display on the external monitor only and you want to switch between viewing your screen on your netbook and viewing it on the external monitor.