Installing Additional Monitors
- Double-click Display in Control Panel to bring up the Display Properties dialog box. (You could also right-click an empty space on the Desktop and select Properties.)
- Click the Settings tab.
- To extend your desktop so that it spreads across both monitors, start by clicking '2' in the box labeled 'Drag the monitor icons to match the physical arrangement of your monitors'.
- Then, select the 'Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor check box.'
- Select the color depth and resolution for the secondary display. For this simulation, we will use True Color (32 bit) and 1280x1024 resolution. Click Apply.
- The desktop is now spread across both screens, as shown above. Click Next from the Simulation toolbar to learn how to change the Primary Monitor.
- You are now back at the Settings dialog. To change the second screen to your primary monitor, click '2'
- Click Use this device as the primary monitor
- Click OK. This completes the Simulation. Click the Exit button.
To install an additional monitor, turn off your computer, install the video adapter, plug the monitor into the adapter, and turn your computer on. Win2K will detect the new adapter and automatically install the appropriate drivers.
Once the OS has installed the drivers, right-click anywhere on your desktop and select Properties (or go to Control Panel, Display). Click the monitor icon for the additional monitor on the Settings tab. If you want to drag items across your monitor onto additional monitors, check the
"Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor" box and click OK.
You have the choice of moving an item from one monitor to another or resizing a window so it stretches on to more than one monitor. What if you want to change the screen resolution of a display, say from 640 x 480 to 800 x 600?
Simply click on the monitor you want to adjust on the Settings tab. In the Screen area, drag the slider to the desired setting and click OK.
Let us say you want to view the same desktop on two monitors. Go to the Settings tab, click the primary monitor, then click the secondary monitor.
Check the "Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor" box. You should get the same view on both the monitors.