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Windows 7: dual monitors / dual programs set up

05 Jul 2012   #1

windows 7 64 bit
dual monitors / dual programs set up

Can anyone please tell me how to set up another monitor to work with my laptop computer? I've made a little progress, HOWEVER...

I would then like to open my Excel Workbook that has 2 sheets. One sheet is constant data input into various columns using my laptop. In the second sheet, I have formulas which constantly updates the data within a formatted table that I would like displayed onto the external monitor.

My project is to hook the laptop monitor into an overhead flat screen tv using HDMI cable. Then, while sitting in a corner with my laptop entering data, the results would be constantly updated for the audience to see.


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05 Jul 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Hello dunna, welcome to Sevenforums

With a laptop, (assuming you have an HDMI port), it shouldn't be too difficult. However, laptops are different. For example, mine, you plug in the secondary monitor, and there is a function key (Fn) that you press, and the corresponding key to change the output mode (for me, it is F1). It should let you choose how you want to display to the monitor. Test it out yourself to see, but if you can't find it, let us know. It helps if you provide the laptop type, so we can tell you the keys exactly
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06 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

Try Windows key + P key then select Extend.
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06 Jul 2012   #4

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Try Windows key + P key then select Extend.
Even better, there is your answer. Extend is exactly what you want to choose to do what you want it to do.
Both methods do the same thing, but the latter is probably a lot easier
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