How to Use a Laptop As a Second Monitor on a Network

Having a second monitor connected to your computer can be a great convenience. However, purchasing an additional monitor can be expensive. Fortunately, doing so may also be unnecessary. You can have the benefits of an additional monitor if you own a laptop that is on the same network or Internet connection as your desktop.

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PC Laptop Instructions

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Right-click anywhere on your desktop computer’s Desktop background and click the “Properties” option. Click the “Settings” tab in the window that pops up.

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Drag the monitor-shaped icon marked “2” down to the general positioning of your laptop as it relates to your desktop monitor, or “1.” For example, if your laptop is below your Desktop monitor and just to the right of it, drag the “2” icon to the bottom right of your “1” icon.

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Click “Yes” when a prompt shows up that asks if you would like to enable monitor “2.”

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Check the box marked “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor,” then click the “Apply” button.

Mac Laptop Instructions

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Go to the “System Preferences” option on your Mac laptop. This is located under the apple tab in your menu bar.

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Choose the “Displays” option.

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Push the “Detect Displays” button if your laptop has not already recognized your desktop monitor.

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Select the “Arrangement” tab. Reposition the displays to represent where the desktop and Mac laptop are in relation to each other.