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HP PCs - Using Two or More Monitors with One Computer (Windows 10, 8)

This document is for HP and Compaq computers with more than one video connector, using Windows 10 or Windows 8.
Learn how to duplicate or extend your desktop display. Connect and set up a television (TV) or an additional monitor to your computer.
  • Duplicating (or cloning) the desktop displays the same image on both screens. Duplicating is most commonly used for presentations.
  • Extending expands the desktop display across both screens. Extending is most commonly used to get more workspace.
Check your computer specifications to see if multiple monitors are supported on your PC. You can add another video card to some desktop PC models to provide an additional video connection. When adding another video card, make sure the new card uses the same drivers as the current Windows 8 or Windows 10 compliant driver.
note:
You cannot install an additional video card on laptop PCs. Most laptops support external monitors. Check your product specifications to learn about external monitor support for your model.

Step 1: Connect the second monitor

Computers and TVs have a wide variety of video connection types. The video connection on your computer must match the connection on your TV or monitor.
note:
If your PC only has DVI and your TV does not have a DVI port, you can use a special adapter or converter cable.

Step 2: Configure the monitor

Use the steps in this section to configure your monitor for presentations or for more desktop space.

Step 3: Enhance and personalize your monitors (optional)

After attaching an additional monitor, enhance and personalize your monitor.
  • Taskbar: Right-click on the taskbar, and then select Taskbar settings. Click the drop-down menus to set your taskbar preferences.
  • Start screen: On an extended desktop, the Start screen displays only on your primary monitor.
  • App tiles (Windows 8 only): On the Start screen, drag tiles from one monitor to another. If the app is snapped, it snaps on the other monitor, too.
  • Background image: Right-click anywhere on the desktop, and then click Personalize. Select images, colors, and themes.
    Example of different images on each screen
    Different background images on each monitor
    Example of one image spanning both screens
    One image across two monitors

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