Second monitor set-up in Windows Vista

Using two monitors

When using two monitors, you can move “windows” between screens. Your number One monitor acts like a normal screen. If you want to use the second monitor you need to drag the window to the next screen. Note the following:

  • If you move a program/window, like Excel, and drag it to the second screen, it will automatically open in the second screen next time you open it
  • Each monitor has its own resolution/display/size settings
  • The window you want to move cannot be maximised.

An example of two monitors in use

To insert a second monitor

  • Insert the monitor into the second monitor port in the computer (note that depending on the computer's age and type, you may need an adaptor or even a new video card)
  • Right mouse click the Desktop and choose Personalise
  • Open the Display Settings link.

Display Settings screen

  • Select the monitor icon One (this is your main monitor)
  • Make sure the This is my main monitor check box is selected
  • Select the monitor icon Two (this is your secondary monitor)
  • Make sure the Extend the desktop onto this monitor check box is selected
  • Click OK to set the changes

Check boxes to have selected

Related Topics (available on the ODU How to webpage)