How to set up dual Monitors on Windows 10?

The modern day gaming and other works are becoming popular with dual monitor setups. The dual monitor setup has become the new age trend. How about setting up your own dual monitors with Windows 10? Well, we have got something for you regarding this.

Whether you want to increase the work area or want to monitor something using a secondary monitor, we have solutions for all of this. With amazingly improved quality and functionality of Windows 10, you can set up dual monitors with ease.

In this post, I’ll let you know how to set up dual monitors on Windows 10. Also, we have discussed the solution to the most common problem faced during setup: “Windows cannot detect the Second Monitor”.

Setup Dual Monitors on Windows 10


  1. Obviously, the first thing you will need is a secondary monitor. But apart from that, you will require the connecting wires and cables.
  2. Secondly, you need to look for ports to connect the monitor. In case you desire to connect the monitor with a laptop, you would probably have a single HDMI port and rarely a VGA port too. In case you wish to connect to a Desktop PC, you need to find an extra port just like the one with which your primary monitor is connected.
  3. Make sure that your PC and the graphics card support dual monitor setup before buying anything.
  4. Now get a suitable wire for connectivity. If your monitor and PC, both are compatible with the HDMI port, get the HDMI wire. Majority of the latest monitors support HDMI ports. The old monitors have the problem. They support VGA cables. So, you need to buy a VGA wire and a converter from VGA to HDMI.

Now that you have everything, go and connect the monitor to your system. And power on the monitor.

Setup the Second Monitor

By default, Windows 10 has got four projection modes available for you. To access the projection mode menu, simply press the Windows + P keys from your keyboard. You will now a see a menu with these four options:

  • PC Screen only: In this mode, only the screen of your PC will be turned on and the secondary display will be turned off.
  • Duplicate: This mode lets you copy the display on your secondary screen. In other words, it will project your monitor’s screen.
  • Extend: This mode, as the name suggests, lets you extend the working area. This mode offers you a connection for the secondary monitor. The dual monitor step is all about working with this amazing mode :”)
  • Second screen only: This mode lets you turn off the primary monitor. In this way, you can just work from your secondary monitor.

Noticed a lot of gamers and programmers working on two different monitors at the same time? It is nothing but working with this “Extend” mode.

Well, there’s no need to set up or configure any other mode of this menu. But you have to configure “Extend” mode to get the best out of it. Let us have a look at how you can configure it.

Configure the Secondary monitor

If you are into tech and computers like me, it’s pretty easy to configure dual monitor setup. Turn on both the monitors and get head to your desktop. Now right click anywhere and select “Display Settings” from the drop-down menu. A new window will be opened on your primary display. With the help of this menu, you can configure the majority of the settings for dual monitor setup.

The first thing that you need to do is set the position of your monitor. In case, you have placed the monitor on your left side, drag the box with number 2 on the right and vice versa. Also, you need to make height adjustments for the secondary monitor, in case the monitors are not on the same level.

Setup Dual Monitors on Windows 10

You can configure the settings for both the monitors separately. From changing the monitor resolutions and adjusting the height to scaling layout, you can configure everything with ease.

-> Select your primary monitor

Apart from this, you have the options to change the primary monitor whenever you wish to. From the same menu, select the number corresponding to the monitor that you want to make primary. Now scroll down and select the option of “Make this my main display”. In general, the primary monitor is the one that displays all the major details. It is the monitor that hosts the primary display. Though the taskbar is available on both the monitors, the one available on primary monitor is more flexible and functional.

Set up Dual Monitors on Windows 10

-> Configure Taskbar

You can also change a few settings related to the taskbar. Just right click on your taskbar and select the option of “Taskbar Settings”. Scroll down to the newly opened window and find the option of “Multiple Displays”. From here you can change a few taskbar options. For instance, you can choose whether to display the taskbar on either of the displays and the position of buttons on the taskbar, etc.

-> Configure Wallpapers

The settings for wallpapers provided in Windows are pretty interesting. You have the option set the same wallpaper on both displays by stretching it. Or you can just mirror the same wallpaper on both the screens.

Windows 10 cannot detect the second monitor

Right click on your desktop and choose “Personalize”. Choose the wallpaper that you wish to set. Now right click on that wallpaper and select the monitor you wish to apply this wallpaper to. You have three options to choose from: Set for Monitor 1, Set for Monitor 2 and Set for all monitors.

If you want to apply single wallpaper on both the monitors, make sure that the image is of the highest possible resolution. You can easily find images for dual monitor setups on the Internet in your favorite category. There is a huge collection of already stretched wallpapers. And believe me, they look astonishing once applied <3

-> Imp. Note

As soon as you set up the dual monitor system, a totally new option gets added to your Taskbar. In order to configure this option, right click on the taskbar and choose “Properties”. Scroll to the bottom for the sub-menu of “Multiple Displays”. From here, you can choose to show taskbar on either of the two displays or on both the displays. Also, you can configure the taskbar buttons from this drop-down menu.

Final Verdict

Well, setting up dual monitor setup in Windows 10 isn’t that tough. The only thing you need to take care is that of configuring the settings like resolution height, layout scaling, etc. In case you face any trouble in configuring the height or layout scale, drop your queries with PC specs in the comment section below. We will try to help you as soon as possible.

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