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Advanced Windows 8 Configuration Options

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Windows 8’s standard configuration provides settings that many users like. However, you might want to change some of these settings. In this chapter, you learn how to connect and use an additional display, customize your desktop background and borders, run both a Windows 8 application and your desktop on a single display, manage your hardware, change default settings for media and media files, and add features to Windows.
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book


Adding and Using an Additional Display

You can add an additional display by using a laptop’s video port or a second video port on a desktop computer that already has a display connected to it. You can use the additional display to duplicate the first display, but for normal use, you might prefer to set it up as an extended desktop. With an extended desktop, you can run different programs on each display. Here’s how to make it happen.

  • red-1.jpg Connect a video cable from your monitor to an unused video port.
  • red-2.jpg Display the Windows Start screen.
  • red-3.jpg Type displ.
  • red-4.jpg Click Settings.
  • red-5.jpg Click Change display settings.


  • red-6.jpg Turn on the display.
  • red-7.jpg Click Detect.
  • red-8.jpg The second display is detected.
  • red-9.jpg Open the Multiple displays menu.
  • red-10.jpg Click Extend these displays.
  • red-11.jpg Click Apply.

  • red-12.jpg Click the second display icon.
  • red-13.jpg Select the recommended resolution.
  • red-14.jpg Click Apply.
  • red-15.jpg Click OK.
  • red-16.jpg Click Close.

  • red-17.jpg Click the top edge of a program window and drag it to the other display.
  • red-18.jpg Release the mouse button to place the window.


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