Connecting a second monitor or projector

Two monitors showing the Start screen on one and two apps open on the other

Having a second screen can help you see several open apps at once. You can also connect a projector so that everyone in the room can see your screen.

You connect most monitors and projectors with DVI, VGA or HDMI cables. (Some devices can even connect wirelessly. For information, see Projecting to a wireless display with Miracast.) Your PC might have one or more of these ports.
DVI, VGA and HDMI ports
DVI, VGA and HDMI ports

After you've connected a monitor or projector to your PC, you can:

  • Use the four corners of any screen with a mouse or the edges of touch screens to open the Start screen, charms and your recent apps.

  • Have more than one window open on each screen, with each window running an app.

  • Customise your screens by having taskbars on one or all displays, and moving apps between your screens.

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Connect a monitor to your PC

You plug in most monitors and projectors with cables that match an available DVI, VGA or HDMI port on your PC. If your PC has only one DVI port that's already in use, some PC makers include custom monitor cables that split the signal from one DVI port to two monitors.

Notes

  • A desktop PC needs a video card with two DVI, VGA or HDMI ports.

  • If your monitor or projector has a cable that doesn't match your PC, you can get an adapter to convert one type to another (for example, to help plug a DVI monitor into your VGA port or vice versa).

To connect another monitor to your PC

  1. Locate an available video port on your PC.

  2. Plug the matching cable from the second monitor into the port.

    Windows should automatically detect and install the monitor.

Connect a projector to your PC

For wired connections, plug the projector cable into your VGA, DVI or HDMI port. In most cases, Windows detects and installs the projector automatically.

You can also connect to a wireless projector when Windows detects one nearby. For more information about connecting a Miracast wireless projector, see Projecting to a wireless display with Miracast.

To connect to a wireless projector

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Devices.)

  2. Tap or click Project, then tap or click Add a wireless display.

  3. Choose the projector in the list of devices found, and follow the instructions on the screen.

Set up what's on your screens

After you've plugged in your second monitor or connected a projector, you can choose your screen options.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Devices.)

  2. Tap or click Project, then choose one of these options:

    • PC screen only. You'll see everything on your PC. (When you're connected to a wireless projector, this option changes to Disconnect.)

    • Duplicate. You'll see the same things on both screens.

    • Extend. You'll see everything spread over both screens and you can drag and move items between the two.

    • Second screen only. You'll see everything on the connected screen. Your other screen will be blank.

Use taskbars on all of your screens

After you have your second monitor or a projector set up to your liking, you might want to have a taskbar on each desktop screen to make switching between apps and files easier. You can have taskbars on all the screens showing the desktop and change the buttons appearing on them.

If you're using a mouse, you can also bring up the taskbar on your Start screen or within Windows Store apps by moving your mouse pointer to the bottom of your screen. (Try moving your mouse pointer so far below the screen that it disappears.) The taskbar will disappear when you move the mouse away from the bottom of the screen.

To get taskbars on your desktop

  1. Swipe in from the right-hand edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Search), then enter Taskbar and Navigation in the search box.

  2. Tap or click Taskbar and Navigation.

  3. Under Multiple displays, select Show taskbar on all displays, and pick the options you want.

  4. Tap or click OK.

Moving apps around on your screens

You can move apps between and around your screens.

When you press the Windows logo key Windows logo key+Left Arrow or Windows logo key Windows logo key+Right Arrow, you move apps around your screen. When you press the Windows logo key Windows logo key+Shift+Left Arrow or Windows logo key Windows logo key+Shift +Right Arrow, you move the app from screen to screen.

If you're using a mouse, you can also grab the title bar and move the app where you want it. To see the title bar on a Windows Store app, move your mouse to the top of the app.

Control how the cursor behaves when one monitor is a touch screen and the other isn't

If you have both a touch screen and non-touch screen monitor connected to your PC, you might need to change settings for your cursor.

  1. Swipe in from the right-hand edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Search), enter Tablet PC Settings, then tap or click Tablet PC Settings.

  2. Tap or click Setup. Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.

  3. If you're given a choice, tap or click Touch Input and follow the on-screen instructions.