Configuring your displays
Connect your second monitor, and then restart your computer so that it detects the new monitor. Once you have restarted your computer, you'll need to adjust your display settings by following these steps:
Click the Start
menu, and then click Control Panel
Click Appearance and Themes
, and then click Display
Once you connect your second monitor, you need to adjust your display settings.
In the Display Properties
dialog box, click the Settings
Click the monitor icon labeled 2, and then select the Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor
Extend your Windows desktop to your second monitor.
If you do not see two monitor icons, your computer might not support multiple displays. First, make sure that you have Windows XP installed. Then, visit Microsoft Update
, click Custom Install
, and install any available hardware updates. You may also need to visit your computer manufacturer's Web site to install an updated display driver. If you still do not see two monitor icons, you may need to install an additional display adapter, as described earlier in this article.
If necessary, drag the monitor icons so that they are arranged in the same way as the monitors on your desk. Click the Identify
button to indicate which monitor is 1 and which monitor is 2.
Drag the monitor icons to match the physical arrangement of your monitors.
. Windows XP will activate your new monitor.
A dual monitor setup enables you to view the same image side by side.
Once your monitor is set up, you can use your mouse to grab the title bar of a window and drag it to your new display. If a window does not move when you drag it, double-click the title bar first, and then drag it. Having two monitors will forever change the way you work with your computer. Be creative and experiment with the sizing of application windows and what information you can keep in constant view while doing multiple tasks.