Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated April 3, 2017)
Windows 8 makes it easy to use multiple monitors on your system. Provided you have the monitors plugged in, you can control how Windows should use the additional monitor (or monitors) by pressing Win+P. This displays the Second Screen pane at the right side of your screen. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. The Second Screen pane.
There are four choices offered in the Second Screen pane:
When you make a choice, it is implemented immediately. You'll want to play with the various settings, as some of them can affect the resolution on your main monitor. (For instance, if you use Duplicate, then the resolution of both monitors is set to whatever resolution is supported on both monitors.)
This tip (12988) applies to Windows 8 and 10.
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