Do you have a dual monitor setup at home or work? If so, you know that it can be beneficial to have more screen real estate to work with. But what if you need to use Remote Desktop to access your computer from another location? Can you still use multiple monitors? The answer is yes – in this article, we will show you how to set up Remote Desktop to work with multiple monitors!
Check your OS
To start, you will need to make sure that your computer’s operating system supports multiple monitors. Windows XP and later versions all support multiple monitors, so you should be good to go.
Enable remote connections on the target machine
It might be safe to assume that you already have remote desktop access working for the machine you want to connect to, but if not, you will need to configure Remote Desktop on your computer to allow access from another device. To do this, run the “Settings” app (search “Settings” from the taskbar), then click on “System,” and select “Remote Desktop.” Click the toggle to enable remote connections.
The network for the remote machine will need to be configured to allow remote desktop connections. How this is done varies by equipment and firewall, so if access has not already been enabled, you’ll need to confer with your network administrator to get this working.
Check your monitor setup
Ensure that your monitors on the target machine are set up and working the way you want. Test dragging from one screen to the other – do things move in the direction you expected? If not, right-click on your desktop and click on “Monitors” in the menu, then drag the displays to the correct way round and click “Apply.”
Set up Remote Desktop App
Now that your target machine is ready to go, launch the Remote Desktop app on the remote machine (search “Remote Desktop” from the start menu if you are doing this for the first time). If you already have a profile set up for the target machine, select it, or enter the IP address or URL for the remote machine if you need to create a new profile. Click on “Show Options,” then click on the “Display” tab. In the Display Configuration section, select the number of monitors you want to use in the Remote Session.
If you want to have your local monitors mirror what is happening on the remote machine, check the box next to “Use all my monitors for the remote session.” If you want to have your local monitors extend what is happening on the remote machine, leave this box unchecked.
Click “Connect” and enjoy your dual (or more) monitor setup!
We hope that this article has helped show you how to set up Remote Desktop to work with multiple monitors. Thanks for reading!