Adding a second monitor to your computer is one of the easiest ways to increase your productivity. Whether you’re a graphic designer, a video editor, or just someone who likes to have a lot of windows open at once, a second monitor can make your life a lot easier. In this article, we’ll show you how to connect a second monitor to your PC step by step.
First, you’ll need to gather a few things:
- A second monitor
- An HDMI cable (or a DVI cable if your monitors support it)
- A DisplayPort cable (optional)
Once you have everything you need, follow these steps:
- Turn off your computer and unplug all of the cables from the back.
- Connect one end of your HDMI cable to the back of your computer. If you’re using a DVI cable, connect that instead.
- Connect the other end of the cable to the back of your second monitor.
- Turn on your second monitor.
- Turn on your computer.
- Windows should automatically detect your second monitor and extend your desktop to it.
- If you don’t see your second monitor, right-click on the desktop and select “Display Settings.”
- Under “Multiple displays,” select “Extend these displays.”
- Click “Apply” and then “OK.”
And that’s it! You should now have a two-monitor setup that will make it much easier to get work done. If you have a DisplayPort cable, you can use that instead of HDMI to get a higher resolution or refresh rate. Just follow the same steps as above, but connect the DisplayPort cable instead.