How to Make Windows Media Player Play on a Second Screen

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Play Windows Media Player on a second screen for increased viewing options.

Extend your desktop to create a secondary display, unlike typical duplicate desktop scenarios, where two monitors display the same content. Windows display options allows users to extend Windows Media Player on an additional screen, while using a personal computer screen for separate tasks. You can learn how to create a secondary display to play a video while using a primary computer for slide notes, or show a movie on a second screen with a larger resolution.

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Step 1

Connect the additional monitor or device to the main computer with a VGA cable and power it on.

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Step 2

Right-click on the desktop and select the "Properties" options, "Graphic Properties" on newer versions.

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Step 3

Select the "Settings" option. Two displays boxes will become available for selection, Display 1 and Display 2. Display 1 corresponds to the primary screen, while Display 2 represents the secondary screen.

Step 4

Right-click on the "Display 2" box and select the "Attached" option from the shortcut menu.

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Step 5

Highlight the "Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor" check box.

Step 6

Click "Apply" to complete the configuration. The second screen will display an empty white desktop.

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Step 7

Open Windows Media Player, click on the title bar and drag the media player onto the second screen with your cursor. Double click the title bar for full-screen viewing.

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