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How To Set Up Multiple Monitors Using Windows 8?

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Windows 8 provides built-in support for setting up multiple monitors. You just have to know how to get it to work. One of the big improvements of the Windows 8 operating system over its predecessors is the new Metro user interface as well as the flexibility of how it supports multiple monitor configurations.

If a tablet is being used at home and on the road, it can be docked up also to a desktop set up including a much larger monitor and a standard keyboard for work at the office maybe. Multi monitor support in Windows 8 is very helpful.

The key features for setting up of multiple monitors in Windows 8 include the taskbar on each monitor in an extended display. You can even stretch single wallpaper across multiple monitors or use different wallpaper on each.

You can run Metro apps in one screen and full Windows Desktop apps in another, side by side. You can start with multiple monitors either from Metro or Desktop interface. With Metro, you have to access Windows Charms by swiping in from the right or moving the cursor to one of the right side corners choosing Devices followed by Second Screen. You will get four choices – PC screen only, Duplicate, Extend and Second Screen only. Extend is interesting because all the other choices result in a single display or multiple identical displays.

In the Desktop Mode, you can go to the Control Panel’s Screen Resolution page that comes under Appearance and Personalization. It is followed by Display where you make your choice. One thing that you will not see on secondary monitors is the system tray with its indicators of Wi-Fi signal, time and date, battery charge and volume level.