Configure a dual desktop display in Windows Vista with Windows Mobility Center

For the average user, connecting a dual desktop configuration took several steps and could be rather confusing. Windows Vista makes it easier to configure a dual desktop display through what they now call the Windows Mobility Center. It is like shopping at WalMart; it has a little bit of everything you need in one place. You can configure the following from the Mobility Center:

  • Volume
  • Battery Status
  • Display
  • Synchronization
  • Presentation

Now that we are in the Windows Mobility Center, click Connect Display and Windows Vista will begin detecting your dual desktop configuration. Once the detection is completed, you are presented with the New Display Detected wizard. You can choose to extend your desktop to the left or right or mirror it depending on your needs. It truly is that simple.


Have you dealt with issues related to unplugging from your external display in a scenario like a docking station and having to plug back in? I've had some users experience problems with Vista remembering the settings they had and having to reconfigure every time they undock and redock.


1. Windows Mobility Center is only available on "Mobile PCs" - that is Notebooks PCs, Tablet PCs and Ultra Mobile PCs (not PDAs). 2. Where do you find Mobility Center? Control Panel, or click Start and type mobility in the search box.

Steven S. Warren
Steven S. Warren

Thanks for mentioning that. I meant to update the blog but you took care of it.

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