How do I connect a Windows 8.1 laptop to multiple monitors? That question can arise when you need to handle business that requires more space than one monitor can handle. Fortunately, it is not too hard no matter what kind of computer setup you have with Windows 8.1. This is true for laptops even though some think that laptops cannot always do what a desktop can.
If you have a laptop then you can use both the internal monitor and any external video ports that you have. If you have both HDMI and VGA then you can possibly run up to 3 monitors on your laptop. To get started you will need to physically connect all the monitors or television to your laptop using which ever type of ports you have available. If the picture does not show up automatically, then you can right-click on your desktop’s background and select the option that says “screen resolution.” There you should be able to see a button labeled “detect.” This will detect any connected monitors that are powered on and hooked up to your laptop. On that same screen you can also choose how you want the Windows 8.1 laptop to use multiple monitors. Most people will want to extend the display across all monitor, but some people will want to duplicate the same image on every screen.
If you have an older laptop that has been upgraded to Windows 8.1 then this may or may not work 100 percent of the time. In this case, you can use the keyboard shortcut that was designed for you laptop. This is different from laptop to laptop, but usually consist of holding down an “Fn” key and pressing one of the function keys. The functions keys are the keys above the number and on the same row as the Escape key. They are labeled F1 through F12 respectively. Most laptop will have a picture representing which function key does what that is usually the same color as the “Fn” key. For example, you could hold the “Fn” and press F8 on a particular laptop to raise the volume. Again, on that same laptop you could hold down the “Fn” and press F5 to force the laptop to check for or switch between monitor modes.