Windows 10: I need information on using dual monitors Solved

  1. Posts : 178
    Windows 10 home Version 10.0.10586 Build 10586
       01 Jan 2017 #1

    I need information on using dual monitors

    I have just set up a second monitor. Been playing around with display settings and Nvidia control panel. I want to use the second monitor in extended mode. Choosing monitor 1 or 2 as primary gives markedly different results (of course) and I find myself rebooting my computer to get my mouse cursor onto the screen that I need to use. Then it won't move to the other monitor.

    Can someone provide a good URL to a site that explains how to set up and use a second monitor. I also want to know the utility of a second monitor so that I can take advantage of it. I'm willing to purchase an on-line book if it's inexpensive. Mainly, I want a boost up the learning curve because I'm spending too much time flying in the dark and getting unexpected results.

    Thanks for our help!

    Oh, and BTW Happy New Year
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  2.    01 Jan 2017 #2

    It sounds to me like you are hitting the edge on the left monitor and can't scroll past it. To rectify this swap the display connectors that are plugged in to the back of the graphics card. You can also use Window's display settings to re-order the monitors so they flow from left to right.

    As far as multi monitor software goes, I can recommend DisplayFusion which is great at enhancing multi monitors.
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  3. Alan Russell's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 1607 (14393.693)
       01 Jan 2017 #3

    Go to Settings > System > Display:

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    Drag the representations of the screens until they reflect the physical positions. Then your cursor will move from screen to screen as required.
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  4. Posts : 178
    Windows 10 home Version 10.0.10586 Build 10586
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       01 Jan 2017 #4

    swap the display connectors
    I can't do this. My graphics card has one DVI port and one HDMI port. My main monitor is DVI (no HDMI) and my second monitor is HDMI only. I've taken your advice and looked at DisplayFusion and it does seem to be something that will help. I'll download the trial version.

    Drag the representations of the screens until they reflect the physical positions. Then your cursor will move from screen to screen as required.
    I think I've used this configuration - not sure. I have had the cursor moving as desired but then playing around with other settings my desktop gets changed (icons rearranged), display resolution changes, and other unanticipated changes occur. That's why I need more education from a comprehensive URL or other medium that I can peruse and learn more about the configuration dictated by my graphics card and monitors. As I mentioned, flying in the dark is only causing frustration.

    I could start a document with notes on changes and results, but I'm thinking that someone somewhere has laid out changes -> results already.

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  5.    01 Jan 2017 #5

    Connect main monitor to DVI and your secondary to HDMI. I currently have main on DisplayPort and secondary on DVI so it does work.
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  6. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       01 Jan 2017 #6

    It sounds as if you have the displays set in wrong order in display settings. See Part Six: Display Layout in following tutorial, it might help you resolve the issue: Multiple Displays - Change Settings and Layout in Windows 10

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  7. Posts : 178
    Windows 10 home Version 10.0.10586 Build 10586
    Thread Starter
       01 Jan 2017 #7

    Thanks to all. Good information here. I have purchased DisplayFusion and it appears to do for me everything that I need - and more.
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