How to use and configure Multiple Displays

This KB Document provides the steps to configure and arrange multiple displays on your Windows computer.

Make sure your cables are connected properly to your monitors, then press Windows logo key Windows logo key + P to select a display option. This will bring up a "PROJECT" side-bar menu from the right-hand edge of your display. 

Press the Windows Key + P on your keyboard


Select Duplicate if you want to display the same content on each of your displays. (For example, if you bring your laptop into a classroom or conference room, connect to a projector, and want the same content from your laptop screen to display on the projector)

PROJECT Menu > Duplicate


Select Extend if you want your multiple displays to behave independently.

PROJECT Menu > Extend


When set to Extend, you may find that you need to adjust the orientation or arrangement of your displays if your cursor doesn't move to them intuitively. To do so, right-click your desktop (wallpaper background), and select Display settings.

Right-click your desktop, and select "Display settings"


Use the Rearrange your displays interface to change your settings. Press Detect to refresh your displays and detect all connected monitors, and press Identify to display the unique number assigned on each of your monitors. If the layout depicted in the virtual arrangement of your displays doesn't match the monitor layout in real life, rearrange the boxes to match to the physical layout of your monitors, and click Apply.

Drag the display arrangement so it matches your monitor physical layout, and press Apply


To choose which of your displays is your main display (has the Ctrl+Alt+Del login screen, Start Menu, Search, Notification Tray, Recycle Bin, etc.), select the box corresponding to your desired display, scroll down, and select ☑ Make this my main display under Multiple displays.




Keywords:monitor, monitors, cursor, display, displays, screen, screens, duplicate, extend, multipledisplays   Doc ID:113257
Owner:Thom W.Group:Fox Valley Technical College
Created:2021-08-25 09:20 CDTUpdated:2021-09-02 10:17 CDT
Sites:Fox Valley Technical College
CleanURL:https://kb.fvtc.edu/multipledisplays
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