How To Quickly Create Dual Monitors In @MicrosoftEDU Windows

If you are like many teachers around the world, you may have a PC connected to an interactive projector in the front of your classroom.  For many, your PC is mirrored onto your interactive board and you might never think about the possibilities you have if you adjust your settings slightly to a dual monitor setup.

Don't worry about things being difficult or this dual monitor process taking up several valuable teaching moments, in fact, the dual monitor process is quick easy and only takes a few simple clicks of your keyboard.

How To Change Your Display Settings

Windows 10 ScreenshotWINDOWS 7 SETTINGS

  1. Close all open programs.
  2. Hold down the Windows logo key and press the P key on your keyboard.
    Select one of the following options:

    • Computer only: This setting will show the screen image only on your laptop monitor.
    • Duplicate: This setting will duplicate your laptop screen image on both monitors based on the monitor with the lower resolution.
    • Extend: This setting allows you to move a window from one monitor to the other by clicking the Title Bar of the window and dragging the window to a new location.
    • Projector only: This setting is typically chosen when your laptop is used as a desktop computer, so you can enjoy the higher resolution of a large external monitor


  1. Windows 10 ScreenshotClose all open programs.
  2. Hold down the Windows key and press the P key on your keyboard.
  3. Select one of the following display style options:
    • PC Screen Only
    • Duplicate
    • Extend
    • Second Screen Only


The next time you are interested in having something on your interactive board and want to work on something completely different on your PC, consider this great shortcut to help make your digital more efficient.

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