With the upcoming Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft wants to improve as many aspects of the user experience as possible. One feature that they decided to focus on in Windows 8 is the extended display and second screen that you use while you’re working on the desktop PC. An interesting fact about this feature is that you can have the Windows 8 Start Screen on one monitor and the desktop on the second screen.
With the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version of the operating system that Microsoft decided to release a while ago, there are a lot of users who would like to know how to use extended display and second screen in Window 8 with their dual monitor setup.
How to use extended display and second screen feature in Windows 8.
When a user requires a lot of workspace on his desktop PC, he usually connects one or two external displays. Others don’t actually need more workspace than Windows 8 can provide on a single display setup but they would like to use an external display like the HDTV found in the living-room. This article is going to teach you how to use extended display and second screen feature in Windows 8.
Before doing anything else, you will have to go to the Metro Screen to load up the Windows 8 Charms bar. From there on, to use the extended display and second screen in Windows 8 you will have to click on the button called Devices to access the options for the Second Screen.
You should now be able to see shortcuts to four extended display or second screen options that you can choose from. Below you will find out what each of them mean.
The first option, PC screen only means that even though you have an external display or second screen connected you will see the Windows 8 desktop only on your main display.
The second action found in the Second Screen option menu is Duplicate, which as its name says it will duplicate or clone the view of the main display to the second screen.
The most used option and the one we’re actually interested in is Extended display. What this option does is to extend your workspace to the second screen that you have connected to the desktop PC. Using the extended display option in Windows 8 will allow you to switch between the Metro Start Screen and the desktop at any given moment by pressing the Win key. This feature is available only for your main display as the extended display will always show your Windows 8 desktop.
The last option available in the menu is Second Screen only, which means that everything will be shown on the extended display or second screen that you have connected to the PC. To make the option more clear, let’s say that if you have a TV connected to your desktop you will save some power on your LCD monitor by displaying everything on the bigger display.
As it was the case with the previous versions of the operating system, in Windows 8 the most used option will probably be the third one – extended display.