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Dual Monitor Setup: Home

This guide will describe how to connect your laptop to a dual monitor or TV screen

Special Note

Your laptop's display may change to a different resolution when you first connect your laptop and make your screen look a bit weird. This is because the resolution on the monitor is lower than what is achievable on your laptop. Extending your desktop onto the monitor ought to return your laptop's resolution to its normal settings.

Windows 7

  1. Connect the monitor to your laptop's VGA port.
  2. Go to your desktop, right click and select Screen resolution
    Selecting Screen resolution in Windows 7
  3. Select the option that you want and click OK. Duplicating displays places another copy of your desktop on to the second screen. Extending the display extends your desktop to the second screen. You can move say a spreadsheet or a statistical table to the second display while you write your paper on your laptop's screen.
    Dual screen options in Windows 7

Mac

  1. For Macs, first you need to have a Mini Displayport to VGA dongle. We have several at the front desk available to check out, you only need your OneCard or ID Badge. Click on the Mac icon in the top left of your screen and select System Preferences.
    Selecting System Preferences in Mac for Dual Monitors
  2. Select Displays in System Preferences.
    System Preferences in Mac for Dual Monitors Window
  3. Select Arrangement and then pick the display settings you desire. Mirroring displays shows the same image on both the monitor and your laptop's screen. Deselecting mirror display extends your desktop onto the second monitor. You can move say a spreadsheet or a statistical table to the second display while you write your paper on your laptop's screen.
    Arrangement of Displays on Macs for dual monitors