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Published on 02.06.09 by Brent Trahan

Extend the Desktop to Multiple Displays

Learn how to extend the desktop to multiple monitors in Windows 7.

Extend Desktop to Multiple Screens

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open Display in the Control Panel.


    Note: If Display is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Click Change display settings in the Display window.


  4. Set the Multiple displays drop-down box to Extend these displays and then click OK.


  5. If everything looks OK, click Keep changes.


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  1. Dual Monitor says:

    Thanks for teaching people how to setup Multiple monitors. The gift of productivity is what you are giving to people! I actually have six monitors on my computer and I love it!

    • sheldonlaw says:

      hello i have a desktop with one vga port, but i have a splitter that sends a signal to 4 outputs, is there anyway for me to get different displays on each or do i need to put in another video card?

  2. steve says:

    ok i can get the pic up on my tv its in b/w need to aceess some diff advanced settings to change it to i-pal like i do on xp or vista but of course that driver is incompatable!!! help plz

  3. Partyface says:


    I have installed Windows 7 build 7048 x64 and I’d like extend the display to composite device (TV) but not works. I try DNA-Ati driver but this works only if I disable digital driver enforcement in advanced boot option but it isn’t permanently. Anybody has a working solution to this problem? working digitally signed driver?


  4. Dominic says:

    Thank you! This really helped me out alot. Cant wait til windows 7 retail comes out!

  5. andy mackay says:

    Don’t work for me, works on Vista though, god knows why they need to knob about with these setting, sometimes I think they change stuff for the sake of it. These options have been rock solid since about nvidia drivers in the 40’s (versions numbers I mean, they are up 175-180 something like that now), you had the 3 option for dual monitors, clone, extend and the other was called dual view I think so like an extra bit of screen relestate to plonk stuff on, and then Vista comes along an we somehow lost the extend, and now Win 7 is here and none of them work. Have you noticed also on Win 7 RC1, there are no options to report bugs like in the previous beta?

  6. andy mackay says:

    I need to take that back, I have just updated my driver to 185.85 and it has sorted it, so I need to say sorry to nvida/MS. I notice that I didn’t need to reboot either, and the other monitor started working without me having to choose the settings, nice…

  7. Colleen says:

    Thank you, this was a big help.

  8. Richard says:

    Everything seems normal, get all the screen above but no picture on my plasma TV, is it because of two display cards or the plasma is not compatible with the normal PC monitor? anybody can help? Help much appreciated.

  9. lorenzo says:

    hi iv a netbook dell 1011 iv connected the vga but it gives me identical screans i need a split screan on the other screan needs to be blank can u help

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