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How to set up dual monitors?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by garnett, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. garnett

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 25, 2008

    Posts: 2,890

    Looking for some basic guidance on multiple monitors.

    Ive got a 1070 graphics card and when I'm (rarely) gaming I'd like it to be maximising output to the main monitor, but when I'm doing everything else I'd like its capabilities to be spread across powering all the screens.

    Is there some way to easily (or even automatically) toggle between these requirements - I don't know if it's possible, but could the solution be based on which screens are actually turned on?
     
  2. StarShock

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 6, 2005

    Posts: 1,138

    um... If I'm following you correctly that is the default way it works. If you go into the display settings you can pick which you want to be the main monitor and arrange them. Then in games it should just output to the main monitor.
     
  3. foster grant

    Soldato

    Joined: May 10, 2012

    Posts: 5,383

    Location: North London

    ^ This.

    but in some games it might let you choose which monitor ( monitor 1 or monitor 2 ) to run your games/s on
     
  4. garnett

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 25, 2008

    Posts: 2,890

    Thanks for the replies and sorry for the basic questions...

    What displays on the secondary monitors when you run a game then? - Thanks for the help, because my questions are are so basic I'm having trouble knowing what to Google!
     
  5. StarShock

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 6, 2005

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    Desk top usually and what ever you put on said desktop.
     
  6. Habakkuk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 7, 2017

    Posts: 1,011

    Check the game's options - you can sometimes choose which monitor(s) and resolutions you can play with.

    If not, you'll have to use your graphics card manufacturer's console to set a preferred monitor.