Apr 03, 2014

How to connect two monitors to a laptop?

I have a couple of decent monitors that aren’t being used, and I would like to hook them up to my Windows 7 laptop (Dell Inspiron) to make it a little more pleasant when I work from home. I’ve never set up multiple displays on a laptop before. What do I need to do to make it work?

Guided Help: Dual monitor setup is easy in Windows 7!

"In Windows 7, it is easy to add a second monitor by using the new hotkey Win+P. This is convenient when you need to change the display settings during your presentations with a projector connected to your laptop.

Here are two methods to set up multiple monitors in Windows 7. Make sure that you connect the external monitors to your laptop or your desktop computer first. "

It’s pretty rare to have two video ports on a laptop, which is what would make it easiest to connect two external monitors (I’m not sure about your laptop specifically). There are cables available that split the signal from one port to two monitors, so you might want to see if you can use one of those with your laptop. Of course, if you just add one external monitor, you will still have two if you count the laptop display. That’s probably what I would do, then chose the “extend display” option in Windows 7 to give it more of a traditional two display feel. 


Dell has a guide on how to setup dual monitors in Windows 7 that you might find helpful. It’s pretty easy as long as you have the video card, cables and ports to support it.



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