Two displays add to your productivity and efficiency when working with a computer. However, many users remain confused about how to use two displays if their PC has only one VGA port. You may read this article if you are also trying to find an answer to the same question.
Through this article, we acquaint you with the process to create a dual monitor setup on a computer with a single VGA port. But before discussing the same, let us first answer a burning question- is it possible to have two monitors with just one port, and what are the benefits of doing it?
Can You Have More than One Monitor with a Single VGA Port
You will be delighted to know that you may connect more than a single monitor to a device having only a single port. All you need is interfaces like DVI, display port, HDMI, or VGA to perform this task.
However, before proceeding with setting up the dual display, you should verify whether your computer can support it or not. If your computer supports it, you may follow the below section to add another monitor to your device.
Now that you know it is possible to have two monitors, you might want to know the benefits of the same. Well, the following section talks about the same.
Benefits of Two Monitors
Here are the top advantages of having dual monitors on your computer.
- Increased workflow
- Optimized work performance
- Quick swapping between applications
- Easy navigation between multiple windows
- Side-by-side document viewing
- Reduction in downtime
- Better organization
Above, we discussed some benefits of having two monitors. The advantages are not limited to this list and several others may be added to it. After discussing the perks of dual monitors, let us discuss how to add them to your PC with a single VGA port.
Adding Another Monitor to a Computer with One Port
Below is the way to add more than a single monitor to your computer without having another VGA port.
Replace your video card
The first thing you can do to have two monitors on your computer without having multiple VGA ports is to change your graphics card. You may replace your current video card with one that supports two VGA ports. However, you should remember that this process may demand quite a lot of experience, money, and time from your end.
Use a splitter
You may get a splitter if you do not wish to change your computer’s video card. If you are wondering what kind of splitter you may use, you may try HDMI or VGA splitter.
The VGA splitter is fairly easy to set up. Hence, below is how to set it up on your PC to connect two monitors.
- Power off your computer and disconnect it from the VGA port.
- Insert the dual VGA cable’s female ports into the splitter and male ports into the monitors.
- Put the VGA splitter’s cable into the PC’s VGA port.
- Now, put the splitter’s USB cable in your computer’s USB port.
- You may power on your computer after performing the above steps.
In addition to the methods shared above, you may use a docking station like HP G5 to connect multiple monitors. However, do not forget to update the HP USB C Dock G5 Driver to make it function properly.
After connecting two monitors to the system, you need to configure them. Below is how to do it.
Configuring the Dual Monitors on a PC
Below is how you may configure multiple monitors after connecting them to the computer.
- Search Control Panel and open the same.
- Select the Personalization option from the on-screen options.
- Configure the monitors according to your needs using the option to Adjust Screen-Resolution.
- Now, you will find two monitors labeled 1 and 2. You may choose the Multiple Displays tab and then Extend Displays. It extends your original monitor’s view.
Note: If you wish to mirror the dual monitors, you should select Duplicate Display instead of the option to extend displays.
- You may rearrange the extended display by dragging the monitor’s icons.
In this article, we discussed the methods you can use to set up more than one monitor on a single VGA port computer. We hope you found this guide helpful. Now, you may enjoy all the benefits of two monitors without any hassles.
We hope to be back soon with another useful tech guide. Until then, we wish you a happy computer experience with your two monitors.