Laptops aren’t just wireless, portable desktop computers. With the right setup, you can turn your laptop computer into a multi-tasking workhorse that’ll make you say “Gee, I never thought I could do all that!” For example, did you know that you can hook your laptop up to a desktop monitor and expand your on-screen real estate to two full screens? What’s even cooler is that if you upgrade to an Ultrabook™ with Windows* 8, you can assign a separate viewing mode for both screens. All you need to do is follow the simple instructions below on how to connect a laptop to a monitor. Then you’ll be set.
Getting more screen inches isn’t the only reason someone might want to connect a monitor to a laptop. Here are a couple of scenarios that spell out some of the other benefits.
Learning how to connect your laptop to a monitor is pretty simple and can enhance your experience, even improve your productivity. Imagine not ever having to toggle between open windows and running programs on your laptop. Sounds pretty good, right? Teaching yourself this easy task can make your life simpler and much more productive.
If you set up the monitor to the right of the laptop, you need to make a minor adjustment because by default, the extension goes to the left. In the "Display Settings" or "Adjust Screen Resolution" windows, drag the attached monitor icon to the right side of the laptop monitor. This will make the screen extension apply to the right instead of the left. Click "Apply" to save the settings.
The connection process is fairly straight-forward. Windows 7 owners can do this within seconds and only require a few minor adjustments if needed. Figure out what you will use the dual set-up the most for and then adjust the settings as needed.