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Configuring a Dual Desktop Display in Windows Vista


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 Window 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.

25 comments
asdfefefe
asdfefefe

Really? Who would have known? I think Microsoft developer's need to take some training classes in usability.

ejtaylor
ejtaylor

I had a terrible time setting up dual display. I ended up installing an API for my video card and accidently right-clicked an icon and was able to set up dual-displays. NOT EASY AT ALL.

stuart
stuart

The only thing I want to know is how to make two monitors into one one desktop? Not extend it but have the two monitors truly show just one desktop?

stennis3
stennis3

i uses duel desktop at work.

amj2010
amj2010

this sounds a bit stupid, but well 1st it doesn't work under vista desktop, it's only for MOBILE users, I understand...

Angela M
Angela M

Anyone know a way to make the default extended display be above the primary monitor rather that right or left? I can change it manually each time, but have not -yet- found a way to make it remember the settings after a reboot.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Extend to right (the default) worked fine Extend to the left kept resetting on me every time I undocked my portable. Also the Vista drivers for my portable would not allow me to set my external monitor to be primary, a driver update did srt that out though. Two screens is well handy though.

NaughtyMonkey
NaughtyMonkey

I can step away from my desk and come back to my monitors switched positions, resolution, or which is primary. I never had this problem with XP, it just worked. Deb Shinder mentioned this in an article she wrote in February. http://tinyurl.com/2gdox3

Fil0403
Fil0403

To extend is exactly to "have two monitors truly show just one desktop", Einstein.

bata212
bata212

I probaly got this wrong but Dual desktop is not the same a Dual boot is it. Thats what I am waiting to do because of alot of programs and some plottes do not work with Vista thanks

kjsacramento
kjsacramento

I didn't want to upgrade to Vista yet, but HP replaced my computer with no choice. Now I don't function in this and some other areas. The mobility center won't open on my desktop - message says it is only available on Mobile PC's - so that is a useless solution. I find no way to manage the extended displays other than to click "extended" and "Help" is NO help. All I get with the extended display option is full programs on the first and a blank screen on the 2nd. I see no choice other than to give up and clone. Any help out there?

Steven S. Warren
Steven S. Warren

I have not been able to fix it. I really dont reboot much as I standby or hibernate.

NaughtyMonkey
NaughtyMonkey

I have a laptop that I connect to a widescreen external. The way my desk is I prefer to have my laptop on my left with my primary being the external. Not everytime, but sometimes when my computer locks it moves my laptop to the right. Maybe a driver update would help. It worked fine in XP though.Works fine on my Ubuntu boot too.

obokky
obokky

...Which for me is right until I lock my desktop, the screensaver comes on, I logoff, or restart. Then I lose all settings associated with the external display. The position with relation to the laptop display, the setting of the external being primary, application locations (which display), and even the refresh rate for the external display!

stuart
stuart

I do love the way people dont read posts, all that does is EXTEND!!! (the clue is in the word) the desktop, what I want to do is show the original ONE SCREEN desktop across three monitors as thoug I have a FREAKIN HUGE WIDESCREEN DISPLAY. whew hope that clears it us

Pedro.007
Pedro.007

Can you tell me pls how to set up the second display above? I see only two possibilities Left or Right, not Above.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

The setting isn't persisting. Not long after my last post, mine went completely stupid. Made my external the secondary, but put the start bar on it, and wouldn't let me chnage the settings. Reolved by unplugging the external and putting it back in again.

aldric
aldric

I have one monitor for my progs... and another for the output (display) I'm rubbing a SONY HD Ready box on the side and SWITCHING between the displays as my Nvidia card only supports 2 displays at any given time... (S-video included) Perfect for me, since I can create the edit on the 1440x900 and still investigate the correctness of colour on the HD display... through the flick of a switch... As I edit, I have no reason to lock screens and the like... For me, this advice worked and helped me overcome the said issue... for those that need another work around, be brave and hunt down the technical spec of your video card and OVERSTAND what each value means in terms of the capability of and for output objectives... jump!

stephane.simoneau
stephane.simoneau

I play wow to ... and doiing this will help you ... Set your second monitor as extended. start the game and enter world with one of your carater. Click on the laptop icon (as if you want to exit the game) Choose the video option at the upper right part select window mode (not maximized) then ... resize the game window to extend to the size you would like Good luck !

Pedro.007
Pedro.007

Application called UltraMon (www.ultramon.com) solve a lot of yours problems...

abhi_depth1
abhi_depth1

hi But how can we make use of second monitor, since i was not able to configure the second monitor, could please give me the hardware and software specification for this, as m using windows vista buisiness edition.

manwethegreat
manwethegreat

So, basically, you want to "mirror" your primary display onto your 2nd (or 3rd) monitor? That's easy to do, but I'm not sure any games will support that kind of stuff.

stuart
stuart

I play World of Warcraft (wow) now I know somw see it as a huge waste of time but I enjoy it, now when I run the game it will only show up on one monitor I want it go across two monitors but at the moment it wont ;(

NaughtyMonkey
NaughtyMonkey

except your taskbar is only on one monitor. Is that what you are wanting to do, make your taskbar stretch across the monitors?

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