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We technical writers can’t get enough of two things: computer memory and monitor display area. The more the merrier, both of them.
Here is how you can add a second monitor to your Windows system easily to edit your documents with more elbow space.
First make sure both your monitors are plugged in to the power source and they are both up and running.
Here is how you can either hook up two desktop monitors to one another or add a regular monitor to your laptop:
(Illustration courtesy of Microsoft Windows)
After connecting the second monitor physically to your first monitor as shown above, follow these steps to also configure it:
1) Click the Windows START button, and then select Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display.
2) Click Change Display Settings.
When you have only one monitor, your screen will look like this:
When you plug in a second monitor, Windows 7 will detect it automatically and display the following screen instead:
(Screenshot courtesy of Microsoft Windows)
NOTE: If there is no automatic detection, click the Detect button to do it manually.
3) Select Extend These Monitors from the drop-down Multiple Displays menu.
4) Click OK and you’re done!
1) Click the Windows START button, and then select Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Display.
2) On the Settings tab, click Identify to identify both your monitors. If you want to drag your documents from one monitor to another horizontally, place the monitor icons next to each other. If, on the other hand, you want to drag your documents from one monitor to another vertically, then place the monitor icons on top of each other. (NOTE: This does not mean that you need to place your monitors on top of each other. The monitors can remain side by side while you drag the documents up-and-down from one monitor to the other.)
3) Select the icon of the monitor that will serve as your primary monitor. Then, check the Use this device as the primary monitor check box.
4) Select the icon of the monitor that will serve as your new extension monitor. Then, check the Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor check box. NOTE: This would expand your monitor surface to both monitors.
5) Click OK or Apply.