we introduced the idea of using an external LCD display alongside a laptop as it's practical and it also makes tasks such as photo editing to be both easier and more accurate.
If you're a Windows 7 user, setting up a dual display environment is now even more convenient so there's no excuse for not giving it a try! Plus, to help you out, here are the steps you need to take to successfully set up your new dual display working environment.
Once you have connected your laptop to a second monitor, right-click on the desktop and select 'Screen Resolution'. This will open a new window where it's possible to detect and align the external LCD, and set details such as resolution, display method and which will be the main display screen.
The second monitor should be detected automatically but if it isn't, click 'Detect'. After the monitor has been recognized, you can select the display mode from the 'Multiple displays' drop-down menu. There's even an option to 'Extend display screen' to make the laptop screen and the external LCD into a single display screen (dual display). If you want to display the same content on the laptop screen and the external LCD screen (clone view) select 'Duplicate display screen' from the 'Multiple displays' drop-down menu. With this drop-down menu you can also set it to display video on one of the LCDs.
By pressing the 'Windows' and 'P' keys on your keyboard at the same time you'll be able to call up the settings menu for deciding the display method when working with an external display much quicker. This shortcut becomes very useful when you need to switch swiftly between the various options available.
It is also worth noting that Windows 7 has added functions so that dual display can be used more effectively. An active window can be moved to the screen of another LCD by pushing the 'Windows', 'Shift' and right or left arrow keys simultaneously. You can also maximise and minimise the window by pressing the 'Windows' key with the up or down arrow key at the same time. To shift the window to the left or right of each screen just press the 'Windows' key with the left or right arrow key (depending on what direction you want to move the window).
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