Windows 8 Dual Screen Options

Do you favor a dual screen setup? If you do, Windows 8 provides four options for dual screen systems.

To access these options; go to the Start Screen, slide your mouse into the bottom right hand corner to bring up the ‘Charms’ bar and select ‘Devices’.


You will now see the ‘Second screen’ icon, click on that.


From here you will see four options to choose from.


PC Screen Only – this means that only your main screen will be active.

Duplicate – duplicates everything on your main screen to your secondary screen.

Extend – This option is the normal option for dual screens, it extends the main screen across both screens allowing you to open and work with apps more effectively.

The ‘Extended’ screen will always show the static desktop view even if you have the Metro screen on the main screen.

Second Screen Only – allows you just to use the secondary screen. Selecting this mode will pop up a confirmation window with 10 seconds to make your selection before it reverts back to the previous setting.

As you can see, Windows 8 makes it easy to set your dual screen options to suit your preferences.

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Alan Wade

Alan is a semi-retired geek from England, who has lived in Sweden with his wife and family since 2001. His interest in computers began in the mid 1980’s with the introduction of the Commodore Vic 20 where he learned to hack game code so he could force his name to appear as the high scorer. Alan made his way through the horde of console computers in the late 80’s and early 90’s before settling on Windows with the release of Windows 3.1. He has worked in the broadband industry on both the technical and installation side. In his off time he enjoys building computers for family and friends as well as digging into the guts of the OS to customize and tweak the OS.

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