How to have a multiple monitors or displays on a computer
Below is a listing of some of the most common methods of having a computer with multiple monitors as a display.
The most common method of connecting multiple monitors is to use a hardware solution. A video card with multiple connections, multiple adapters, using a laptop dualview mode, or using an external hardware device are all examples of hardware solutions.
Video card with multiple connections
High-end video cards and computers have video cards with multiple DVI or HDMI connectors. Computers with these cards support a different monitor for each connector. In the example picture, this video card has two DVI and two HDMI connectors that can be used to connect multiple monitors to the same computer.
Multiple video adapters
Installing multiple video cards or video cards that support multiple displays into your computer allows you to connect multiple monitors to your computer.
Laptop dualview mode
Laptop or desktop computers with advanced video cards that support dualview mode can duplicate what is being displayed on their computer or stretch the display horizontally or vertically. Once another external display has been connected to the computer you can use dualview mode in Microsoft Windows by following the steps below.
- Open the Control Panel
- Double-click Display icon.
- In the Display properties window click the Settings tab.
- In Settings tab under the Display click the down arrow and select the secondary display connected to your computer.
- Once selected check the Extend my Windows Desktop onto this monitor option.
If your external display is not shown by Windows, your computer does not support this feature.
External hardware device
Finally, there are a few external hardware solutions that allow you to have a multiple monitor display on your computer.
Matrox DualHead2Go - This external hardware device connects to your computer and allows you to connect two other displays to it. Once everything is connected, you can have a two monitors on a computer without having to add a video card.
Tip: If you use any of the above suggestions but have a difficult time managing windows or need additional features we also suggest reading the below Ultramon software solution.
Another popular, easy, and fast method of connecting multiple monitors to a computer is through software. However, although these solutions are easy there are a few disadvantages:
- Each extra monitor you want to connect to the computer must also connect to another computer or laptop running the software.
- For this to work, you need to have computers networked together.
Maxivista - http://www.maxivista.com/
Maxivista is a great software program that allows users to have multiple monitors connected to one computer. Install the program onto each of the computers with the displays you want to use, run the program, and you have a computer with multiple displays. You can also switch to remote control mode, which allows you to remotely control the other computer. The program is not free but does have a free trial download that allows you to try the program before you buy it.
Ultramon - http://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon/
Ultramon is a software program to help control and manage a computer with a multiple monitor setup. Ultramon has improved window management, Taskbar on each monitor, special shortcuts, screen savers for each of the monitors connected, and mirroring the display to other monitors.