How To Access & Customize Your Displays

You have several ways to access the display section of the Control Panel. All are easy to access. .

  • Click on the windows icon in your task bar. Click on Control Panel => Scroll down until you find Display => Click on Change Display Settings
  • Right click on the desktop => Choose Display Settings
  • Click on the Settings Gear Icon => Display should be the first option

Customize Your Display

Now that we are in the right place there are several things you are going to want to do.

  1. Choose Identify located under the numbered windows, to show numbers on corresponding display (#1 is your primary display)
  2. You can rearrange the display by clicking and dragging the numbered boxes. You may have to play around with this a bit to determine which monitor you want to be #1 and which to be #2. I have mine set up for my laptop to be #1 and my PC monitor as #2.
  3. You can then use the scaling slider to make the text & other components larger (this is ideal for high resolution or the vision impaired such as myself. I have my slider set to 125%

4. Choose which orientation you would like. Landscape or Portrait. I have mine set on Landscape.

5. You can adjust the brightness level

6. With Multiply Displays you can choose, Duplicate these displays, Extend these displays, Show only on 1, Show only on 2. I have mine set on Extend these displays but you can play around with these settings and choose what is best for you.

Advanced Display Settings

The advanced settings enables you to play around with the display order, set multiple display profiles, and change various options that are not available in the main view such as the resolution.

Color Settings

  • Color Management - Edit ICC profiles
  • Color Calibration - Recommended of the two. Follow the wizard to calibrate brightness, gamma, colors, and contrast

Lesson 5 - How To Hide Or Show The Task Bar on Displays

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When I got a new laptop, I added the old monitor and it's been amazing! I can't believe how I functioned without it! I love having a second monitor! Great training! Alanna
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Thank you Alana, that is exactly what I did. I went from a pc to a laptop so I already had the monitor and the cable. It sat downstairs on a shelf for a long time until my husband mentioned me using dual displays. It has been great!

Thank you for the compliant about the training. I truly appreciate it.
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thanks for the training.
SuzetteH Premium
Your welcome. I learned somethings as well by doing the research and training. I really love having the multiple monitors!
MKearns Premium
I'll have to do that at some point. Right now it's multiple files, tabs and split screens!
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I absoulutely hated using the split screens on my laptop. Having the larger screen as my main display and then the laptop as my secondary has been much easier for me to be more productive.
sinwm Premium
Good info. Thanks for sharing.
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Thank you, it was my pleasure
Loes Premium
Very nice explanation on how to use 2 screens! Thank you!
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Thank you Loes