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Setting up Multiple Monitors Using Intel Multi Display Option in Windows 8

Summary: Using the multi display option in Windows 8

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This article has information about setting up Multiple Monitor using Intel Multi Display option in BIOS for Windows 8. Visit your User Manual for reference to the instructions in this document.

BIOS Setup

  • Restart your computer
  • At the Dell logo, tap F2 until the message Entering Setup Appears
  • Select Advance Setup
  • Scroll down to Onboard Device Configuration and press Enter
  • Scroll down to Intel Multi-Display and press Enter
  • Select Enable and press Enter

Monitor Grid Connection

Support of iGfx and dGfx connections with/without Intel Multi Display option setup in BIOS.

 Without Intel Multi Display  iGfx   dGfx
   Primary Display  x  HDMI
   Secondary Display  x  DP
   Third Display  x  
   Fourth Display  x  x
    With Intel Multi Display  iGfx   dGfx
   Primary Display  HDMI  x
   Secondary Display DP  x
   Third Display  x HDMI
   Fourth Display  x  DP

Connecting the Monitor

With the "Intel Multi-Display" option disabled you cannot used the iGfx card and have HDMI set as Primary Display.

With the "Intel Multi-Display" option enabled, the HDMI on iGfx will be the Primary Display and ports on other Gfx card display will become Secondary Display.

Display Setting for Multiple Monitors

Intel Multi-Display option enabled: The HDMI port on iGfx card is set as Primary Display. 

SLN268373_en_US__1icon NOTE: Under Multiple Displays the only option available is "Extend desktop to this display". Windows Display properties (Screen Resolution) needs to be used for extend mode.  
Extend These Displays: This option is recommended when an external monitor is connected to a laptop, and each monitor can display different screen independently to improve user convenience. The relative position of the screens can be set up here. For example Monitor 1 may be set up to be to the left of Monitor 2 or vice versa. This depends on the physical position of the LCD monitor in relation to the laptop.

The horizontal line displayed on both monitors can be based on the laptop or external monitor. These are all adjustable options, and all you need to do is drag the monitor of the main screen to the extended monitor.


SLN268373_en_US__2Monitors More information and support for your Dell monitor, laptop or tablet screen can be found on our Monitor Support site.
More information and support for your Windows operating systems can be found on our Windows Support webpage.

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Laptops, XPS 8700

Last Published Date

21 Feb 2021



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