Extended Monitor and Dual Screen Options in Windows 8

Since Windows 8 is a new operating system from Microsoft, users are trying to find out different options on Windows 8 and learning how to use them.  In this post I will be taking about the settings available for Dual Screen on Windows 8. You access different Dual Screen options on Windows you have to click on Devices first.

Multiple monitor setup in Windows 8

Go to your Start Screen and bring up the Charms bar.


Click on Devices. You will bring up the “Second Screen” options.


Once you click on “Second Screen” you will get four different Options


The options mean the following:

1. PC screen Only : Which just shows on screen

2. Duplicate: Which basically duplicates the the screen

3. Extend: This option will extend the Windows 8 Desktop and Metro – and this would be the ideal option for Dual screen computers.



You can a toggle the primary monitor between Metro UI and the Dsktop when we press the Windows Logo Key. The extended Monitor will however always show the static desktop screen.

4. Second screen only: As the name suggests it picks only the second screen; assuming that you want to use only the second screen.


It will give you 10 seconds to change you decision. If you click on “No” it will revert back to your previous settings.

In my opinion the best option for Dual Screen Windows 8 PC, is to use the Extend Monitor settings, so that you don’t have to toggle between Metro and Desktop screen.

Hope you find this article helpful!

Also read: Control & manage mouse movement between multiple monitors with Dual Display Mouse Manager for Windows.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at captaindbg.com.


  1. Gibby

    When I use the “extend monitor” option with my second screen also having touch screen capability, will I then be able to use touch on both screens?

  2. wikwik

    bobo hindi pwede iextend metro sa 2nd screen!

  3. Semyon Edvabnov

    There is a better alternative to native WIndows 8 taskbar – Actual Multiple Monitors. You can Pin to additional taskbar, for example.

  4. ^ Unfortunately this tool Actual Multiple Monitors you mentioned is not freeware.

  5. Adam

    If you want a full-featured taskbar on each monitor, then I suggest you to use the Actual Multiple Monitors. This is a great solution for multi-monitor systems.

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