It may be overwhelming to learn how to connect two monitors to a laptop or computer. ClickAway will show you how in this article.
Dual Monitors: How to connect two monitors to a laptop
As we continue to work from home, remotely or a hybrid work environment of some sort, it’s pretty well known that dual monitors or more increase productivity. If you have an extra monitor or two, you can keep your applications accessible at any time. This eliminates the need to switch between windows and alt-tab. Many desktop PCs can support multiple monitors. However, laptops aren’t as likely to provide a similar solution.
A Windows laptop can support 4-6 displays
The first thing to do is look at the ports available on your laptop. The most common display output slots you can work with are HDMI, USB-C, and miniDP. The next step would be to choose a monitor supporting what you have. Most displays support HDMI, while newer ones have USB-C cables. MiniDP and DisplayPort technology. ClickAway can bring several monitors and set this up for you in your home or office.
All you need is to connect two monitors to a laptop is to make sure it has the correct connection adapter, and plug it in. After that, your Windows laptop should detect it and start displaying your desktop automatically.
Using Your Laptop Screen as a Second Monitor
If you want to use your laptop’s built-in screen as a secondary display, you need to set it in your display settings. Right-click on your desktop and choose Display Settings. You will see two boxes in the new window that will open representing your monitors. Click Identify to know which number corresponds to which screen. You can also rearrange the boxes so to match the physical arrangement of your displays. When you know the number assigned to which display, choose the screen you want to use as your primary screen. Scroll down to Multiple displays. Click on the dropdown menu and choose Extend desktop to this display. Don’t forget to tick the Make this my main display checkbox!
Using Two External Monitors
The 15-inch screen in your laptop may not be enough, so consider adding a second monitor. Here’s where it gets a little tricky. You need to find out what other ports you have available on your Windows laptop. Are there any spare HDMI or miniDP ports? If you do, you’re in luck! All you have to do is get a new display compatible with your available port, and you’re ready to go.
Use Multiple Displays With Your Mac
While the M1 MacBooks natively support just one monitor, the M1 Mac Mini does natively support up to two external monitors – one via the HDMI port and a second via USB-C. But the latest models of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro support only one external display,
According to Apple, for Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, or Thunderbolt 2, you can connect up to two displays. If the displays themselves have Thunderbolt ports, you can connect one display to another, and then connect one of the displays to a Thunderbolt port on your Mac.
ClickAway is happy to complete this set up for you. We offer onsite computer services as well as in our computer repair stores. ClickAway has many low cost monitors on sale in our computer stores as well. We have been a top rated Diamond Certified computer repair business for the last 17 years.