How Do I Get the Second Monitor Feature to Work on My HP Pavilion Laptop?

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How Do I Get the Second Monitor Feature to Work on My HP Pavilion Laptop?
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Adding a second monitor to your HP laptop allows you to utilise a larger screen, increase productivity and multitask and stay organised with ease. Users who do so may also like the benefits of having a larger screen than their laptop's available for tasks like photo and video editing. Enabling a second monitor on an HP laptop is simple and in some cases automatic.

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Things you need

  • Male to male VGA cable
  • Male to male HDMI cable (optional)

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  1. 1

    Make sure your second monitor is properly connected to your HP laptop via VGA cable or HDMI cable.

  2. 2

    Press "Fn"+"F4." The HP laptop will switch to it's dual monitor extended function, allowing you to use both your monitors at once.

  3. 3

    Right-click your desktop and select "Screen Resolution," if you cannot access the second monitor using the key combination mentioned in Step 2.

  4. 4

    Click the "Detect" button to search for any external monitors connected to your computer. After it is has detected your external monitor, adjust the screen resolution, and select which monitor you want to act as your main display by clicking the check box next to "Make this my main display."

Tips and warnings

  • If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, when you plug in an external monitor, Windows will automatically detect the connection and ask you how you want to handle the new monitor. The next time you plug your monitor in, it will automatically handle it in the same manner. If you want to change the settings, access your computer's Screen Resolution menu by right-clicking your desktop and selecting "Screen Resolution" from the resulting menu.

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