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Tips & Tricks

HOW TO SET UP DUAL MONITORS 

 

Among all of the great enhancements offered by Windows 7, one of the no brainers is setting up dual monitors. I cannot begin to tell you how much more productive you can become when you have two monitors. Now that my office desk sports 2 x 22” LED monitors, I wonder how I was able to bare my pre dual monitor existence. Anyway it's a breeze to configure & I’ll show you how below.

There are actually two ways you can currently setup multiple monitors in Windows 7, either by using a keyboard shortcut or via the traditional system properties.

I really like the first method since it’s new and is way easier than having to go into the Control Panel anything else.

Simply press the Windows key and P (Windows + P) to bring up a quick menu of options.

Presto!

You can pick to show only the computer, make the second monitor a duplicate of the first, extend the desktop to the second monitor or turn off the first monitor and activate the second.

The second way is to right-click on the desktop and choose Screen resolution.

Now you’ll see the familiar 1 and 2 to distinguish which monitor is which. There are several options and under Multiple Displays, you can choose from the same options as when you pressed Win + P.

That’s it! You can also change the orientation of the displays and change the resolution of each display. It’s pretty straight-forward in Windows 7 and a lot easier! Enjoy!

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