Connecting a second display serves numerous purposes, and it is usually simple when both the displays are the same size. If you have two monitors with different resolutions, your experience will be ruined because one display will always look weird. This is usually because Windows 10 selects the resolution of the primary display. But, can you not change the resolutions manually? Let’s find out:
How to Setup Dual Monitors with Different Resolutions
Can you Have Two Monitors With Different Resolutions?
Many people think that Windows 10 does not allow the option because it is not obvious or super easy to do so. You must change a few settings here and there to set up dual monitors with different resolutions in Windows 10. This guide will walk you through all the steps:
- Start by connecting your second monitor to your primary monitor or laptop.
- Switch it on. Your desktop will either mirror the contents or extend them.
- Once that’s done, you can go ahead and change resolutions, which you will find in the Settings App.
What to do once you go to the Settings App?
Under Settings, you will see the Display tab. This tab will show you if your desktop is reading both the displays. If you can only see your primary display here, may be there’s a connectivity issue. Try reconnecting and check again. Once you do this, follow the steps below:
- Under the two display rectangles, you will see an option called Identify. This will help you understand which monitor is 1 and which one is 2.
- Scroll, and you will see Advanced Display Settings. Click on this option.
- Here, you can select the monitor whose resolution you want to change. Make sure you select the right one here because resolution options of each display may be different.
- The second tab below the displays will be Resolution. Click on the drop-down and select whichever display you would like to. There is also a recommended option that you can go for to be safe or if you do not know what to choose.
- Once you make all the changes, simply press Apply.
- The resolution of the selected display will be updated while the resolution of the other one will see no change.
People also ask
Here are a few related questions that we thought we would answer for you.
1) Can I use 2 monitors with different resolutions?
Yes, you can. You will have to follow the steps above to do it correctly.
2) How do I fix scaling on my second monitor?
In the Start Menu, head over to Settings and then go to System. Here, Open display. You will see the available displays. Choose the one you want to scale. Once you scroll down, you will see the scale option to adjust by percentage.
3) Can I use an HDMI splitter to extend not duplicate my laptop screen across two monitors?
No, you can’t. An HDMI wall extender may help instead. Keep in mind, though, that they are expensive.
4) Is a dual monitor setup worth it?
That depends on usage. For gaming, we recommend a single large monitor instead of 2 small ones. For programming and multitasking, a dual setup will make sense.
5) Why is my second monitor not showing full screen?
You will need to change the settings for your second monitor to show full screen. Open the Display Settings and set scaling to 100%. After that, go to Advanced Display settings and adjust the resolution.
6) Why is my 2nd monitor zoomed in?
The settings may have readjusted or you may have hit the wrong shortcut keys. To change it back, go to the Display Settings and find a bar that says, “Change the size of text, app, and other items.” Adjust it to 100 or 125% based on your preference.
7) Can I split my HDMI to 2 monitors?
No, you cannot.
8) Is dual monitor bad for GPU?
No, it is not. You can run multiple monitors on a single GPU.
There you are! This procedure was quite simple back in the day but because Microsoft decided to make a few changes to its Control Panel and Settings apps, things changed drastically. However, as you can see, it is still not very hard. A little research and understanding of the settings in your desktop will help you find solutions for such simple concerns. Also, you can always count on us to help you out!