On many occasions due to the workflow, we need need to add an extra monitor to our desktop or portable computer to improve our work.
Windows 10 automatically adjusts the resolution of the new monitor, but it often happens that we need to change this setting.
In this tutorial, you will see how to change the resolution in each monitor and setup multiple monitors so you can take full advantage. Don’t worry if you have problems to be able to change your screen resolution or setup your connected monitors, in this tutorial we show you how to do it easily.
Table of Contents
1. Change Multiple Monitors Resolution
To start the resolution set up in each monitor, right click on an empty area in the desktop and select the option Display Settings.
Note: Sometimes you can see the displays individually (1, 2), to see them individually select the option Extend these displays from Multiple displays
Once there, click on the option Advanced display settings at the bottom.
Once you are in Advanced Display Settings, select the screen that you want to modify (1, 2, etc.) and change the resolution, mark the one you prefer, then click on Apply.
If you are not happy with the resolution, click Revert to cancel the changes or If it is the one you want, click on Keep changes.
2. Set up Multiple Monitors using Keyboard Shortcut
Sometimes a single monitor is too small to perform our tasks. The video editing professionals know a lot about this and always work with at least monitors to have the information organized better.
Whatever your need, Windows 10 allows you to set up your monitors using two different methods.
This first method is the simplest since it is much faster and consists only of a key combination. It will get you out of a hurry when you need a quick fix even though it has fewer advanced configurations.
Once you connect the two monitors, press the following keyboard shortcut, and a menu will appear on the right: Winkey + P
Through these options you can change the way your monitors interact according to the following options:
PC screen only: This option helps us to go back to the default settings on any other modification made.
Duplicate: This option allows you to mirror your screen on both the primary monitor and the secondary.
Extend: This option divides the desktop between the two monitors in such a way that the main screen has the primary tools, and the secondary monitor the basic desktop. You can drag items from one desktop to another as you are more comfortable to work with.
Second screen only: With this option, you will see the entire screen on the second monitor, the main monitor will go blank.
3. Set up Multiple Monitors using Settings Menu
This second method is the most complex although it is done in a few simple steps and also allows you more configurations. In it, we can identify our monitors and configure them personally depending on the configuration needed.
Open the Settings through the following shortcut: Winkey + I
Click on System and on the left, select Display (this can be done like the first method when you change the resolution on your monitors)
If the connected monitor doesn’t appear, click on Detect. To know what our monitor is, click on Identify and a number 1 or 2 will appear on each screen depending on which one corresponds.
If you want the screen you are working on to be the main one (number 1), but its configuration is secondary (number 2), check the box Make this my main display.
To change the way in which the screen image is displayed on both monitors, go to the drop-down and select the option that best suits your needs.
Once you have chosen, select Apply to save the changes.
As you can see it is quite easy to configure multiple monitors and change their resolution so that each one is adapted to the corresponding size. This is really useful when you work with a Windows 10 computer.