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How to Setup a Second Monitor in Windows 11

Having more than one monitor is a blessing sometimes. Especially, for those people who have tight work routines. A dual-screen will save them a lot of time. All the annoying back and forth mouse movements, plus annoying clicks can take the efficiency level down. Contrary to that, having a dual monitor will allow a glance over multiple applications at the same time. You might also know all these benefits, but the real question is How to set up a second monitor in Windows 11. 

Connect the Second Monitor

This is the most important step, obviously. However, you might be wondering where to connect your second monitor? The answer is, it depends on your situation. You will have to get some connectors or even some additional cables. Nonetheless, there is one thing to always keep in mind.

You will have to connect your other PC to the motherboard. You will find some extra ports there. However, this is only applicable if you have a PC without a graphic card. In the case of a graphic card, you will have to connect your other monitor there. For a gaming monitor, you will have to connect it to the DisplayPort.

Configure the Second Monitor

Once you have connected the second PC, you will get a notification if the operation was successful. After that, you will have to do some settings to make it useful for yourself. This is because, by default, the other screen would be mirroring the primary screen. That would not be useful for you.  To change the default setting:

  • Open Settings from the Start panel.

  • Once you open the settings, on the left-hand side, there will be a System panel. Click on it.
  • Then on the right-hand side, there will be a Display panel. Open it.

  • Now, click on the Multiple Displays option and select the Extended Display setting. In this way, you will be able to use both screens as one. Meaning, you can have different applications open at the same time.

Customize the Second Monitor

Just connecting the second monitor is not enough, customising it is the next step. Above you can see 2 labeled screens. Screen 1 is your primary screen. While the screen labeled 2 is the secondary screen. Through this, you can make any monitor between the two your primary one. For example, if you want screen 2 to be the primary screen, just drag it to left and hit apply.

On the other hand, if you are not able to identify which monitor is 1 and which is 2, click on the identify option. Bu doing that, Windows will itself identify the monitor for you. It will be easy for you to choose which to make Primary.

Apart from this, you can also change screen resolution, refresh rate, or even wallpaper and theme. Windows will automatically set the default settings in the second monitor. However, it can be changed. All this can be done just like you would do on your main monitor. Just go to the Settings on the other monitor, and do whatever you like.

Azeem AK

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