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When a single monitor just isn’t enough for your workflow, you need to add a second one to increase your working screen area, be able to view all available tools, menu selections, and information at all times without having to constantly switch between tasks. Learn more about how to configure your extended display settings.
Switch between display modes
There are four display modes available in Windows 10, which can be quickly accessed by clicking the Notifications icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen, then select Project button
or by hitting Windows key + P on your keyboard, this will bring up a sidebar with four options.
Depending on whether you’re on a laptop or desktop PC, either Extend or Duplicate will be selected by default. Here’s a quick rundown on the differences between each option:
- PC screen only – Windows will only use your primary monitor and any additional monitors will be black.
- Duplicate – Windows will show the same image on all monitors.
- Extend – Windows will enlarge and extend your desktop, giving you another screen to work with. This is the option you’ll want if you’re using an additional monitor for additional PC screen space.
- Second screen only – Windows will turn off your primary display and only use the secondary display.
Configuring display settings
Most settings can be configured on this page. First, you need to define the position of the second monitor with respect to the first monitor.
- Right-click anywhere on the desktop.
- Select Display settings.
- Click Identify to see each display’s number appear then drag and drop the displays so Windows will identify how they’re physically positioned. Display number one is your primary screen. Click Apply to save changes.
- If Windows couldn’t detect all your connected displays automatically, click Detect.
- To rearrange displays, click and drag the numbered boxes.
- Click the drop-down menu under Scale and layout to change the text and content larger.
- Under Display orientation, click the drop-down menu to choose between landscape or portrait.
- The Multiple displays option allows you to extend or mirror your displays.
- To change your main display, select from the numbered box and tick the Make this my main display.
- You can also choose how you want taskbar buttons to appear. For example, you can choose whether a window’s button should appear in the taskbar only on that window’s display or on all displays.