Dual Monitor Setup | How to Improve Productivity by Increasing Screen Space

Would you buy 2 monitors? This is a great question especially if you are looking to improve productivity in your workplace. It increases working space, makes multi-tasking easy, and gives a better gaming experience.

If you are looking for a dual monitor setup, read the entire article. I will discuss how to do the set-up, how multiple monitors work, and the benefits of a second monitor. No-bezel monitors can be a good choice for this set up.

What is a Dual Monitor Set Up?

This is where 2 monitors are connected to a single computer. It is easy to set one as it requires only a few connections and making some display setting adjustments.

The ability to work with 2 monitors simultaneously requires cable/s for connecting your PC and the monitors, connectivity ports such as HDMI, VGA port, DVI or DisplayPort, and a graphics card or your computer’s integrated GPU.

With this type of setup, no more toggling between windows or when you want to click different tabs in order to accomplish some tasks.

Dual monitors are a must-have for multitaskers. This is perfect for me. Currently, I have 2 BenQ monitors. I use one for video editing and the other for my gameplays.

Monitor Setup Cables

Before you connect multiple displays or monitors, make sure you have all the cords that you need. Look at the ports available on your PC such as VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI. Check also the ports available on the monitor that you would like to connect.

The ports are available at the side or back of your monitor.  The ports must match and if they don’t, then you will need to use a converter. The most commonly found port is HTML which is found in most monitors and computers.

Only an old computer or monitor has DVI or VGA ports. Higher-end displays, like monitors for programmers or monitors for tradershave DisplayPort which is not as common as HDMI. Use the only cable that will match your monitor and your computer.

Monitor Setup Cables

Dual Monitors Supporting Graphics Card

Dual Monitors Supporting Graphics Card

Running two monitors will require your computer’s integrated GPU or a graphics card that has the capability to run them. There are a lot of graphics cards under different brands that support multiple displays.

All of them are manufactured by 2 companies, AMD and NVIDIA. Nvidia GPUs have better performance but more pricy when compared to AMD.  If you will purchase a graphics card for the purpose of connecting two displays, check if you have FreeSync or a G-Sync monitor.

It is worth noting that a G-sync monitor only functions best when you connect it to an Nvidia graphics card. Choose a graphics card that will fit inside the computer casing as some of them comes in different sizes, are tall, short, or wide.

Another factor to consider when buying a graphics card is ports. Check if it has the exact same set of ports as the second monitor or display that you want to connect.

How to Set up Dual Monitor

Multiple monitors set up looks really cool.  Take advantage of monitors’ settings to configure all the displays so as to have a setup dual. On the other hand, for those who don't have enough space for such set up, we recommend vertical monitors.

Like I mentioned before, make sure you have everything for your setup, and this includes the right and left monitor, cables, and dual monitor supporting graphics card.  Please note that any modern desktop or computer can connect 2 monitors because of its graphics capability.

Follow these Steps

These are the steps to follow in order to connect two monitors or displays;

step 1

Unwrap your new or second monitor and connect it to a power source

step 2

Check the back of the computer and connect the two monitors to the video card. Make sure that the cords are connected properly.  

step 3

Make your computer or desktop recognize dual displays or monitors. Check if you are using Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10. If you are using Windows 7 and Windows 8, right-click the desktop and select monitor resolution.

If you have installed Windows 10 on your computer, go to start, then settings, click system then Display. Your computer will detect the two displays.

step 4

Go to the multiple displays section so as to choose how your desktop will appear on your two monitors. Once you are satisfied with your selection, click save changes.

It is possible to change the resolutions of your monitor set up. To change your screen resolution, click display settings. Color settings can also be found here. Many experts recommend that you use the recommended resolution of your monitor.

setup of two monitors

If you would like to configure your displays to have a large single space, follow the below steps. They are the same steps you would pretty much follow when setting up the primary and secondary monitor.

  • Step 1: right-click on your desktop then choose display from the drop-down menu.  A dialogue box will open with monitor 1 and monitor 2. 1 corresponds with the left monitor while 2 corresponds with the right monitor. 
  • Step 2:  select the screen that you want to be main. Click “Make this my Main Display” and don’t forget to click Apply.

Benefits of Setting up Two Monitors

Dual monitors come with a lot of benefits. First of all, it will save you money by buying another PC or laptop in case you are looking to expand your workspace on your computer’s desktop.

An additional or secondary monitor can be used for your gameplays, content writing, photo editing, video calling, product pitching, compare different files and projects, or even giving tutorials while working on your main desktop or display.

Boosts Performance in the Workplace

Every business wants their employee to be as productive as possible. With a dual monitor or 2 screens, employees are able to do several tasks at once. They can run multiple applications without having to change windows or opening new tabs.

They will be able to accomplish most tasks in a fraction of the time.  Concentration remains high and this will be beneficial to a company over time. Well, experts say that dual monitors increase productivity by 20% to 30%.

 I recently asked members of my Facebook group if they have a monitor setup or use dual monitors and I was surprised at their response.

A person working on two monitors

The second display or left monitor can be used for:

  • Leaving a chat box open while you use your right screen
  • Compare 2 products side by side using your 2 screens
  • Comparing an original image to the one you are working on the second screen
  • Video calls
  • Spread large spreadsheets across your dual monitors or 2 screens

Best for Accessibility

If you have 2 monitors, you can use one for communication and the other for work. This enables you to access your clients faster and also work on your right screen while occasionally scanning the left screen to see if any messages are coming through.

It is easy to connect the dual screens on your computer even if you are not tech-savvy. Just make sure ports are compatible, adjust the settings of your monitor and you will be set. 

It is Affordable

If you want to boost performance in your workplace, getting a dual monitor is an affordable and easy way to do it. It will save you the cost of buying another laptop or PC.

This arrangement will allow you to operate 2 screens from a single computer.  It is worth noting that almost all computers are capable of a monitor set up.

FAQs

1. What connection do I need for dual monitors?

While the monitors may include VGA or DVI cables, HDMI is the preferred connector for the majority of office twin monitor setups. The VGA connector is ideal for connecting a laptop to a display, particularly with a Mac.

2. Can you connect two monitors with HDMI?

Sometimes your computer (often a laptop) only has one HDMI connector, but you require two ports to connect two external monitors. To have two HDMI ports, you can utilize a switch splitter' or 'display splitter'.

3. How do I setup dual monitors on a laptop?

Select Start > Settings > System > Display to configure Windows 10 to recognize dual monitors.
- In the Multiple displays section, choose an option from the drop-down menu to choose how your desktop will be shown across your screens.
- Once you've made your selections for what appears on your displays, click Keep changes.

4. Can you run 2 monitors off 1 DisplayPort?

Daisy chaining is a phrase that refers to the capacity to connect a series of devices using only one wire between each pair of devices. DisplayPort v1. 2 daisy chainable monitors now have both an input and an output. The DisplayPort output is used to connect to the next display downstream.

5. How do I extend HDMI to two monitors?

With the majority of new laptops equipped with an HDMI port, all that is required is a simple HDMI cable linked to the laptop. Connect the HDMI cable's opposite end to the external monitor. Then, while holding down the windows key, hit "p" to bring up the menu options. Select "Extend" and you're ready to go.

About Dusan Stanar

I'm the founder of VSS Monitoring. I have been both writing and working in technology in a number of roles for dozens of years and wanted to bring my experience online to make it publicly available. Visit https://www.vssmonitoring.com/about-us/ to read more about me.

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