For multitaskers, this is a must-have.

When you have multiple windows open on your desktop (and who doesn’t? ), even a large 24-inch display might seem claustrophobic. When you’re restricted to a laptop screen, it’s even worse. Fortunately, adding a second monitor to your PC setup and expanding out is simple.

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Setup Two Monitors for More Screen Space

While the monitors we examine below are 1080p, our article comparing 1080p vs. 4K monitors will help you decide which approach to take for your own home setup; you should also read our comparison of ultrawide monitors vs. a dual-monitor arrangement to understand the benefits and drawbacks of each choice.

Dual-display capability is available on any modern desktop or laptop computer. A second monitor is all that is required. Monitor prices have risen as supply has diminished, as has been the case with so many other tech products this year. A few years ago, you could find a lot of decent monitors for under $100. You’ll be rare to buy a 21-inch or higher PC display for less than $150 these days. If you don’t want to spend more than $100, HP’s V20 HD+ Monitor costs $95, featuring a 19.5-inch diagonal screen that uses TN technology for faster reaction times but poorer clarity off-axis.

If you’re willing to pay a little more, Dell’s SE2222H ($140) gives you a 22-inch screen with slim bezels, which is ideal for decreasing the gap between your dual monitors. Significantly better is HP’s V24i FHD Monitor, a 24-inch display with excellent IPS technology and even lower bezels for $145. At $190, Dell’s S2721HN 27-inch IPS panel is a good alternative if you want a larger screen (with the same 1920×1080 resolution).

The majority of modern monitors include a combination of VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors. To put it another way, you’ll have a few alternatives for connecting the monitor to your computer. While VGA and DVI cables are frequently included with monitors, you may need to purchase an HDMI or DisplayPort cable separately if you choose this option. These are easily available on Amazon.

In a pinch, you can also use your television to operate as a second display, but this has certain limitations. Everything you need to know about using your TV as a computer display is included in this guide. Regardless, the procedure for controlling your Windows displays is the same as detailed below.

How to Setup Two Monitors?

Step 1: This is a simple step. Connect your second monitor to a power outlet and a free port on your computer.

Step 2: After that, you must instruct Windows on how to handle the two displays. Right-click the desktop and choose either Screen resolution (Windows 7 and Windows 8) or Display settings (Windows 10).

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right click on desktop and select desktop settings

You can arrange the displays in the dialogue box that appears. You can control how the two screens interact using the Multiple Displays pull-down menu. When you select Extend these displays, Windows will handle your displays as if they were all on the same screen.

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right click on desktop and select desktop settings

Windows 10’s display options are as follows: To arrange your monitors, click the Identify tab below the graphic.

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identity tab seed pc

Step 3: Determine the monitor order. By moving the screen icons at the top of the dialogue box, you can tell Windows which monitor is on the left or right. If you get this wrong, scrolling with the mouse will be a nightmare.

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Step 4: Select the main display. The option Make this my primary display determines which monitor receives the taskbar and Start button. If you don’t see that choice, the monitor you’re looking at is already the primary one.

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make this my main display seed pc

Many of these options are also accessible by right-clicking the desktop and selecting the graphics control panel.

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