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How To Video: Add a second monitor to your computer

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How To Video: Add a second monitor to your computer

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If you're feeling constricted using just one laptop screen or desktop monitor, Donald Bell is here to show you how to add more visual real estate to your computer setup.

Hey I'm Donald bell and today I'm gonna show you how to add an external monitor your laptop setup or. Use two monitors with the desktop computer. May be considered to monitor -- years ago -- turn off by the idea of installing video cards and adapters but those days are gone. With any reasonably new computer you should be able to make this work just a few minutes here time nothing more than an extra cable. So let's stop the Windows 7 laptop this goes from Toshiba it's a bit of a best case scenario. Got two ports on the side here -- for VGA and the other one for HDMI. Either one of these are gonna work so let's see what the monitor has to offer most new monitors have -- least -- HDMI connection. As well as a dvi connection that looks like this and a VGA connection. If -- monitored doesn't have an HDMI input you can pick up HDMI to dvi adapter or -- cable like this we shouldn't cost you more than ten dollars. Now what about a windows desktop. Here's a recent one from Gateway on the back -- see a -- connection for HDMI and -- on the back your computer is a single monitor connection. You could spend some money on the video card or even USB adapter if it -- me though -- -- this assignment and update my computer. Both of these machines are running windows seven for the software setup as the same make -- -- second monitors connected. Powered on and -- the source control -- the input that you're using. You don't see -- -- up on the screen yet don't worry go to start menu. -- control panel and -- monitors into the search box. He'll see all of your monitor settings click the option under display or set up computer to use multiple monitors and -- should keep him here with two displays next to each -- If not hit the -- button and if that doesn't work check your connection again. Next go to the drop down menu for multiple displays and -- extend these displays. Then hit apply. This will stretch your desktop across both displays and activate your monitor it's not our idea. If the monitor is on the looks to stretched out too big -- too small. Select the display appear at the top and set it to the displays native resolution. You can search for the model name of your -- to finally cracked sending if need be. You can also try fiddling with the settings on the monitor itself sometimes as -- reset button or auto button that needs to press. Notice -- as a setting here orientation. For mater is designed for it you can spin -- -- and set the orientation in ninety degrees. Some people like that setup for -- documents or web sites. It's not for everyone but it's an option. Once you've got your monitor -- monitors connected you can adjust the resolution. Placement or any of the other setting to get them just the way you like. Now switching gears on any modern MacBook iMac and Mac mini should have a little port like this may be have a thunderbolt logo next to it or maybe it doesn't. Either way you can purchase cable or adapter that goes from mini display port to dvi HD -- connect -- most current monitors. Now -- this port does have a thunderbolt icon and -- some money to throw at a beautiful integrated solution. You can grab one of Apple's thunderbolt displays and is plug it right hand. Using that thunderbolt connection -- -- the option to wire the displayed ethernet firewire USB thunderbolt hard drives and even other connected thunderbolt displays. All that will carry over to your computer which is the one included cable it's really pretty cool. Whichever way ago setting things up on the software and is simple going to -- Apple menu -- system preferences and then displays. Here -- notice that the displays specific settings such as color resolution are displayed separately on each screen. Your primary screen the scene arrangement tab for just how the death -- will extend between the two screens. Is also a checkbox premiering the two displays which can be useful for presentations. On the connected monitor you'll also have an option here for rotating the screen to a portrait orientation might actually -- on the PC. So -- how to add a second monarchy your computer it's really not that hard hope we have helped demystify the process. For -- -- like -- check out how to dot cnet.com. You can get more updates from me on FaceBook and you have suggestions for more how to topics finish out on Twitter. For cnet.com I'm Donald.

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