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Windows 8 - How to setup multiple monitors with Windows 8

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How to set up multiple monitors with Windows 8

Connect the external monitor to your Personal Computer via VGA or HDMI cable.Note: some notebooks may not have a HDMI port. Please refer to the user guide.

Prefered option:

Press Windows+P or Fn+F7 to toggle between available modes:

  1. PC screen only : the main display will only display content
  2. Duplicate: both display will display the same content. Please note that both display needs be able to support the same resolution to display the content correctly.  
  3. Extend: the secondary monitor will be an extention for the main display
  4. Second screen only : the secondary display will only display content

Alternative Option 1

  1. Display the Charms menu by placing the cursor on the top right hand corner or bottom right hand corner
  2. Select “Devices”
  3. Select “Second screen”
  4. Select from the following options:
  1. PC screen only : the main display will only display content
  2. Duplicate: both display will display content
  3. Extend: the secondary monitor will be an extention for the main display
  4. Second screen only : the secondary display will only display content

Alternative Option 2
  1. Connect the external monitor to your Personal Computer via VGA or HDMI cable
    Note: some notebooks may not have a HDMI port.  Please refer to the user guide
  2. Right click on the desktop
  3. Select “Screen resolution”
  4. Click on the drop down menu within “Multiple displays” and select from the following options:
    1. Duplicate these displays: both displays will display content
    2. Extend these displays : the secondary monitor will be extend from the main display
    3. Show desktop only on 1 : display #1 will on display content
    4. Show desktop only on 2 : display #2 will only display content
  5. Resolution and orientation can also be adjusted
  6. Click “Apply” and then “OK”