You may have seen a dual monitor setup but perhaps didn't know how to go about it? Or maybe you are considering switching your monitors? Either way, this article is for you. Whether for business or personal use, learning how to change monitor 1 and 2 of your computer can create a workspace that encourages efficiency and productivity. It may seem counterintuitive but having two screens before you actually help you focus on your activity.
With just about everything visible on your monitors, you don't need to toggle between tabs frequently, thus, fewer workflow interruptions. And it's not just great for tasks; having two monitors is excellent for gaming, too.
Without further ado, here are the steps in configuring two monitors for your computer, as well as some quick tips to improve your dual monitor setup.
How to set up two monitors on Windows
- Connect your second monitor to your graphics card via HDMI or DisplayPort and turn on the power.
- Your PC will usually detect the presence of a second monitor.
- Press the Windows logo key and letter P to show the display options.
- On the “Multiple Displays” window, click “Extend these displays.”
- Choose which one will be your primary and secondary monitors.
- You can start using two monitors.
How to change monitor 1 and 2 on Windows
- Go to your desktop screen – where your programs and icons are showing.
- Press your mouse's right-click button on a blank space on your desktop and click on “Display” settings. It will present the available monitors in blue.
- If you don't know which monitor is tagged as 1 or 2, click Identify on either option. It will display the number on the bottom left corner of the monitor.
- You can change how the monitor positions are presented in your settings by dragging the display to your desired order. For instance, you would want your monitor on your left side to be monitor 1, and the one beside it will be your monitor 2.
- Set your main display by clicking the displayed monitor number.
- At the bottom of the page, you will notice a check mark on “Make this my main display,” which confirms the option.
- You may also adjust other settings on the dialogue box, such as orientation, size of text and apps, and brightness level. You can also change the resolution by clicking “Advanced display settings.”
- Once you've made the adjustments, don't forget to click Apply to save them.
Tips to enhance your dual monitor setup
After learning how to change monitor 1 and 2, you can optimize their functionality through the following:
- Familiarize yourself with shortcuts, i.e., Windows + Home, Windows + Up arrow, Shift + Windows + Right, etc.
- Explore your taskbar options to facilitate multiple displays.
- Use wide wallpapers for added aesthetic value.
- Try combining vertical and horizontal orientation for your monitors.
- Consider other options such as mobile monitors and tablets as secondary screens.