How to Clone or Extend Screen with Multiple Monitors in Windows 10

When you are working with many different programs to finish your project as soon as possible, the space on one monitor could be not enough for all the open windows. You can do Alt+Tab switching to switch back and forth between many different applications, but it is very distracting when you want to focus on more than one application at the same time. For example, when you are designing a website you need to have at least two monitors – one for the coding and another to preview the website in a web browser to see how the code you are modifying is actually working in different web browsers.

Fortunately Windows 10 makes it very easy for you to manage multiple monitors attached to your PC through the DVI, VGA or the HDMI ports. If you are connecting your extra monitor to your notebook computer, then perhaps there is a shortcut key combination (Fn + Screen Symbol) and you will see many options to pick – PC Screen Only, Extend Screen, Duplicate Screen, Second Screen only.

Using Multiple Monitors in Windows 10

But if you are on a desktop computer, then you can use the following steps to manage multiple monitor configuration in Windows 10:

  1. Press the Win key on your keyboard to open the Start menu and click on the cogwheel icon to open the Settings window.Using Multiple Monitors in Windows 10
  2. In the Settings window, click on the Display category.Using Multiple Monitors in Windows 10
  3. Under the Display category, select Display from the left side list if it is not already selected.Using Multiple Monitors in Windows 10
  4. Click on the Multiple Displays drop-down list and you will be able to choose a setting about how the screens are used – duplicate these displays, extend these displays, show only on 1, show only on 2 etc.Using Multiple Monitors in Windows 10

Apart from these options, your computer may also have different applications installed by the OEM or the graphics card manufacturer that allow to choose various options about how the multiple monitors are used in your Windows 10 computer.