How to Extend Your Laptop With a Monitor

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Extend your laptop on to an additional monitor to increase the viewing space of your machine. If you have an additional monitor available to you, extending your laptop screen can be accomplished easily in less than fifteen minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Laptop with DVI, VGA, or S-Video output ports.
  • Additional monitor.
  • DVI, VGA, or S-Video connection cable
  • Identify the type of output port on the laptop, and acquire the appropriate cable (DVI, VGA, or S-Video).

  • Shut down the laptop and unplug it. Place the additional monitor next to the original monitor. Connect the laptop to the additional monitor using the appropriate cable and connection ports.

  • Turn on the monitor. Plug in and turn on the laptop.

  • Press the appropriate key combination if the monitor does not display a computer screen. On most PCs, the combination is "Fn + F5" or "Fn + F6." Use the "F" key that changes the monitor display, it usually says CRT/LCD.

  • Extend the laptop computer screen onto the additional monitor by adjusting the display properties of the computer (the additional monitor will often only display a copy of the original monitor screen).

Windows Vista

  • Adjust the display properties for Windows Vista by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting "Personalize" and then "Display Settings."

  • Drag the small virtual monitors that appear on the screen to the position of the actual monitors they represent. If your laptop monitor is on the right, make sure that its virtual monitor is to the right of the additional monitor's virtual monitor.

  • Select the additional monitor, and select the option to "Extend the desktop onto this monitor." Then click "Apply."

Windows XP

  • Adjust the display properties for Windows XP by right-clicking on the desktop and clicking "Properties."

  • Select the "Settings" tab.

  • Drag the small virtual monitors that appear on the screen to the position of the actual monitors they represent. If your laptop monitor is on the right, make sure that its virtual monitor is to the right of the additional monitor's virtual monitor.

  • Select the additional monitor, and select the option to "Extend the desktop onto this monitor." Then click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • Restart your computer if you connected your additional monitor to it after it was already started up and it is not recognizing the additional monitor.

References

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