In this article, we will walk you through the steps to set up and use dual monitors on Windows 11 and see how it can benefit you and your workflow.
Having multiple monitors can significantly enhance your productivity, allowing you to work on various tasks simultaneously and giving you more screen real estate. If you're using Windows 11, setting up two or more monitors is a simple process and is explained below.
This guide will take you through extending your displays, rearranging your monitors, and adjusting the size of text, apps, and other objects to your preferred settings. Whether you're a professional graphic designer or simply looking to increase your productivity, this guide will help you set up multiple monitors in Windows 11 in no time.
Why Use Multiple Monitors?
As technology advances, the demand for increased productivity and efficiency in the workplace has also risen. This is where the concept of multiple monitors comes into play. Various monitors provide numerous benefits that can enhance your work and make you more productive.
One of the primary advantages of using multiple monitors is the increased screen space. Gone are the days of constantly switching between multiple tabs and windows on your computer to find the necessary information. With multiple monitors, you can have all the information you need right in front of you, freeing up valuable time that would have been spent switching between windows.
By using two or more monitors, you can maintain focus and boost creativity. For example, you can use your primary screen to focus on critical tasks and only glance at your secondary screen. This can reduce distractions and increase efficiency. You may also use your secondary screen for entertainment, such as watching a movie or a show. At the same time, you wrap up work on your primary screen.
It's worth noting that having multiple monitors requires a certain amount of computing power on your PC. Typically, a mid-range PC with a Core i5 processor or higher should have no problem running multiple monitors.
How to Set up Multiple Monitors on Windows 11.*
* Note: To ensure that Windows recognizes your monitors correctly, turn off your computer before connecting them to it. If you've connected a monitor to your computer when your computer is on and Windows didn't recognize it, restart your computer.
After connecting the monitors on your PC, you can setup them on Windows 11/10 as instructed below:
1. Right-click on the desktop and select Display settings.
2. First of all, ensure that both monitors are recognized by Windows. For example, if you have connected 2 monitors on your PC, you should see them numbered 1 & 2 (or 1/2), at the top of the "Display" settings window. If you don't see the connected monitors, then shut-down the PC and check the cable connections.
2. Then according to your wish, choose if you want to setup dual monitors to "Duplicate screen" or to "Extend screen", by using one of the following options:
- Duplicate these displays: This option allows you to duplicate the
content of your computer's primary display to the secondary display or a
projector. This means that whatever is displayed on the primary display will be
exactly mirrored on the secondary display.
- Extend these displays: Extending your displays means using
multiple monitors as one large display. This allows you to have more screen
space, to move windows and applications between the two screens, which is
helpful for graphic designers, video editors, and other professionals who
need a lot of screen space. *
* Note: For this example we choose the "Extend displays" option.
3. Next, choose Keep changes to apply the setting.
Step 2: Rearrange Displays of Two (2) Monitors.
After you've expanded or duplicated your screens, you can rearrange them according your wish. To rearrange your displays:
1. Just click on the display that you want to change its position, and drag and drop it to the position you want. *
* Note: The position of two screens relative to each other is shown using the numbers "1" and "2". To determine which number corresponds to which screen, click the Identify button to see which number corresponds to each screen.
2. When done, click Apply to apply the change.
Step 3. Set the Main Display when having Two Monitors.
If you have selected to extend the displays, then the one display will be the main monitor which is the one that will display your desktop icons and the other will be its extension, which will be empty (initially) of icons. If you want to set another monitor as your main display:
1. Click on the display that you want to make it primary ("1" or "2"), to select it.
2. Open the Multiple displays menu and select Make this my main display.
Step 4: Change Resolution of each Display.
To change the resolution of a connected monitor:
1. Select the display (e.g. "1" or "2"), that you want to change its resolution.
2. Then go to Display resolution dropdown menu and choose the resolution you want. When done, click Keep changes to apply the change.
Step 5: Change Scale of each Display.
In Windows 11, text, apps, and other objects are automatically scaled to the optimal size. However, if you want to resize text, apps, and other elements on any monitor:
1. Click on the display that you want to change its scale.
2. Then, click on the Scale dropdown menu and select the setting you want.
e.g. to enlarge the text size in apps and icons, choose scale "125%" or "150%"
In conclusion, dual monitors have become an increasingly popular choice for people who want to improve their productivity especially when working on multiple tasks and applications.
I hope the above steps helped you set up multiple displays in Windows 11, rearrange your displays, and adjust the size of text and other objects to your preferred settings.
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