When using Dual Monitors connected to a Windows Computer, there are many ways in which the second monitor can function. This Post will outline more about the ways in which the second monitor can be controlled on a computer running Windows Operating System such as Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP, etc. The Second Monitor connected to a Windows Computer can function in given below ways:
- The Second Monitor can display the same display as displayed by the First or Main Monitor referred to as clone mode.
- The Second Monitor or any other Display device connected as second display can display part of the Desktop Area and allow you to move application or document window onto second monitor. When a Monitor or other display device works in this way, it can be named as extended mode.
- The Second Monitor can be turned off and effectively providing display output to only one monitor, even though physically there are two Monitors connected to the Computer.
Now when the second monitor is turned off, it will remain inactive untill it is turned on. The Monitor can have electricity connection and the Monitor will go into low power mode and Windows will display desktop or any application or program Window only on main monitor.
Control Panel’s Display Settings can be used to turn off the second monitor. In Windows 7, you can right click on Desktop to display the Display Settings option and turn off the second monitor. However in Windows Vista or Windows XP, just open the control panel and look for Display Settings where you can turn on and off the second monitor.
In case you would like to have turn off the second monitor easily with various options such as Desktop Shortcut, System Wide HotKey combination or from System Tray, you can have a look at the inexpensive and free to try Dual Monitor Software. In the Software the term used to turn off second monitor is Disable Secondary Monitor and in order to turn on the monitor, the term used would be Enable Secondary Monitor.