Windows - How to extend your display to multiple monitors

Attaching additional monitors to your computer setup can help expand the desktop real estate available and allows you to spread your work out.  Whether you are attaching your laptop to a docking station with external monitors or just connecting that second monitor to your desktop, this guide will assist you with how to extend your laptop/desktop to take advantage of those extra monitors.

To get started:

  1. In the Windows Start Menu, click into the Search Bar

  2. Type "extend" and choose Duplicate or extend to a connected display

  3. This area will show you the number of monitors the computer has detected.  In the case of the screenshot below, there are three monitors labeled 1, 2 and 3.

    If you do not see the number of monitors you expected, please submit a ticket with the help desk team so they can reach out with assistance.

  4. Click Identify to have the system show you what number the monitors are tagged with.  

  5. This is the "order" you will work with your displays in.  If you want to change the order, simply click and HOLD the left mouse button on the monitor you want to move, drag to the location where you want it and let go of the mouse button.

  6. Verify that the location of the monitor is correct and click Apply to confirm or click Cancel to revert back to the previous location.

  7. Now it's time to extend the displays.  Making sure that the monitor you want as your "main" or "primary" is selected, click the drop down menu and ensure that there is a checkmark in Make this my main display

  8. Lastly, ensure that Extend desktop to this display is selected in the dropdown shown

If you have questions or need help, please submit a ticket with the help desk team so they can reach out with assistance.



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