When you connect an additional monitor to your Dell PC, Windows will automatically detect the monitor and display your PC's desktop screen. You can then choose how you want your desktop screen to appear and customize the display settings such as display style - clone mode, extended mode, first screen only or second screen only, screen resolution settings and color depth. Microsoft Windows 7 and above support dual or multiple monitor setups, which help enhance productivity.
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Easily move Windows apps to another monitor. You can also move Windows apps from one monitor to another using the keyboard shortcuts:
Taskbar is now shown on all monitors by default. With multiple monitors attached, Windows 10 draws the taskbar across each monitor. By default, all taskbar icons are displayed on the main monitor and a blank taskbar on the other monitors. To configure the taskbar for multiple monitors using Taskbar Properties:
Span desktop background across all monitors. You can now span a single panoramic picture across multiple monitors. Microsoft Windows 10 includes a new panoramic theme under personalization options. To span a desktop background across all monitors:
It is important to ensure that the video port on your PC matches an available video port on the monitor, like VGA, DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort (DP). Connect your PC to the monitor or another display device like projector or TV using a compatible cable. The monitor manufacturer should provide this cable.
To learn more, refer to the Dell knowledge-base article How do I Connect a Monitor to a PC?
To learn more about different ports on your PC, refer to the Dell knowledge Base article A Guide to External Ports and Connectors on a Dell PC.Back to top
Determine the type of video connectors that are available on your PC and the monitors. The number of video connectors depends on the type of graphics card that is installed in your PC. Most desktop PC graphics or video cards can support two or more monitors, depending on the graphics card and PC specifications. However, laptop PCs can support up to two monitors depending on the PC specifications. To learn more, refer to the Dell Knowledge Base article How do I Connect a Monitor to a PC?.
Once the cables are connected securely, your PC should automatically detect and display the desktop screen on the connected monitors. You can now select the display style that best suits your needs.
Microsoft Windows provides multiple display style options on how the desktop screen is displayed across multiple monitors that are connected to your PC.
To learn how to change the screen resolution, adjust the refresh rate and change the size of fonts and icons, refer to the links below based on the operating system installed on your PC:Back to top
Docking station or port replicator provides a simplified way of connecting multiple peripherals like keyboard, mouse, printer, external hard drives and one or more external monitors to a laptop PC which usually have limited connectivity ports. Most docking stations or port replicators have video ports to connect two or more external monitors. Docking station or port replicator when connected to a laptop PC allows you to switch off the laptop LCD and use the external monitors instead.
To learn more about different ports on your PC, refer to the Dell knowledge-base article A Guide to External Ports and Connectors on a Dell PC
Dell wireless monitors enable your Windows laptop computer, Android smartphone, or tablet with Miracast capability to display the screen image to the monitor using a Wi-Fi Direct interface. When you connect the laptop, smartphone, or tablet to the Dell wireless monitor, you can access the mouse and keyboard that are connected to the Monitor and control the devices.
You can either extend or duplicate your Windows desktop wirelessly to one of these monitors and connect your Android 5.0 (and above) tablet or smartphone via Wi-Fi simultaneously through Dual Cast.
To learn more about how to set up or troubleshoot a Dell wireless monitor, refer to the Dell Knowledge Base article Guide to Dell Wireless Monitors.Back to top
Latest TVs and PCs provide a wide variety of video connectivity options. Ensure that the video port on your PC matches an available video port on your TV, like VGA, DVI or HDMI.
Connecting your PC with a TV
If you encounter a problem when trying to connect your PC with a TV:
Microsoft Windows 10, 8 or 8.1, and 7 support dual or multiple monitor setups. If you encounter problems with your multiple monitor setup, like a blank or black screen, no signal to monitor, resolution issues, etc., refer to the Dell Knowledge Base article How to Troubleshoot Multiple Monitor Problems on Dell PCs?.Back to top
If your Dell PC has encountered a display or video problem with multiple monitors after upgrading to Microsoft Windows 10:
Graphic Cards Explained (Official Dell Tech Support - YouTube)
Change Screen Resolution (Official Dell Tech Support - YouTube)
No Video Troubleshooting Steps (Official Dell Tech Support - YouTube)
Article ID: SLN297870Last Date Modified: 04/02/2020 11:52 AM