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Before you begin troubleshooting

Often, downloading and installing the latest updates for Windows and your Surface will fix many issues. To find out how, see Install Surface and Windows updates.

For another possible quick solution, unplug your monitor from the power outlet and then plug it back in.

Setting up your multiple-monitor desktop

Find your device in this table to see what you need to set up a second monitor with your Surface device.

My Surface device

Daisy chain support

External display/audio output port

Surface Pro
Surface Pro 2
Surface Pro 3
Surface Pro 4
Surface Pro 5
Surface Pro 6
Surface Studio
Surface Laptop
Surface Laptop 2 
Surface Book

Yes

Mini DisplayPort

Surface Studio 2    
Surface Book 2
Surface Book 3
Surface Go
Surface Go 2
Surface Laptop 3
Surface Laptop 4
Surface Laptop Go
Surface Pro 7
Surface Pro 7+
Surface Pro X

Yes

USB-C

Surface 3

No

Mini DisplayPort

Notes: 

  • For the USB-C to HDMI adapter, we recommend using the HDMI adapter with a HDMI 2.0 cable or higher.

  • HDMI connections can also transmit audio signals. We also recommend you use Microsoft’s USB-C adapters on the devices equipped with the USB-C port.  For more info, see Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories.

Troubleshooting solutions

If you have problems connecting your Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector, try these solutions to identify the issue.

Solution 1: Check the video input settings

If you’ve connected your Surface to a second screen and you don’t see video output from your Surface, check the source selection or video input settings on the second screen. For example, if you’re using an HDMI connection to a second screen, that screen must be set to recognize HDMI as the video input signal.

To check and, if necessary, change the video input setting on your second screen, follow the instructions in the owner’s manual for the screen or check the manufacturer’s website.

Note: Common video input settings include VGA, DVI, AUX, DisplayPort, HDMI, Line in, Input, and Source.

If you’ve checked the input settings on the second screen and it’s still not working, try Solution 3.

Solution 2: Check the DisplayPort version setting on the external screen

Most external screens have an on-screen menu that adjusts the DisplayPort version used by the monitor. Adjusting this setting may produce better results. 

Follow the instructions in the screen's manual or check the manufacturer's website.

Solution 3: Duplicate or extend your display onto your external screen

Press the Windows logo key +P on your keyboard, or select the action centerNotification icon in taskbar on the taskbar, and select Project

If you want to

Choose

See things only on your Surface display.

PC screen only

See the same things on both your Surface display and on the TV, monitor, or projector (to learn more about screen resolutions, go to Solution 6).

Duplicate

Move what's on the screen across your Surface display and onto the TV or monitor screen. When you have displays extended, you can drag and move items between the two screens and select a different resolution for your second screen (to learn more about screen resolutions, go to Solution 6).

Extend

See everything on the second screen (the display on your Surface will be blank).

Second screen only

Wirelessly connect to compatible displays by using Miracast (all Surface models can do this).

Connect to a wireless display


If you still don’t see what you expect to see on your second screen, try Solution 4.

Solution 4: Check the video cables

Use a good quality video cable that’s no more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. Longer cables can affect video quality. Make sure all the video connections are secure. Check the connection from the USB-C port, Mini DisplayPort on your Surface, docking station, any video adapter you are using, and the connection on the video port on your TV, monitor, or projector. Here are some tips:

  • Use the cable that came with your monitor or verify that the cable supports video. Always do this with Surface devices with USB-C ports.

  • If the cable that came with your monitor isn’t responding, use a different video cable to connect your Surface.

  • If you're using a video extension cable or video converter, remove it from your set up to see if it’s causing the problem.

  • If you're using a video adapter from another company and you're having trouble, contact the adapter's manufacturer for help.

For monitors that support DisplayPort

If your monitor supports DisplayPort, we recommend that you use a Mini DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort cable that’s no more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. DisplayPort will allow you to use the highest supported resolution and refresh rate with your Surface.

For a multiple monitor setup

If you're trying to daisy chain multiple monitors, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two monitors with DisplayPort 1.2 input ports and at least one DisplayPort output port

  • Standard DisplayPort cables with at least one Mini DisplayPort end

For Surface devices that support daisy chaining, here’s how to set it up:

  1. Using a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable, connect the Mini DisplayPort on your Surface to the DisplayPort input on the first monitor. If only one of your monitors has an output port, connect your Surface to that monitor first.

  2. Connect the output port of the first monitor to the DisplayPort input port of the other monitor.

  3. Follow the monitor manufacturer’s instructions to set both monitors to use DisplayPort 1.2 as an input source. For example, this might be called Multi-Stream Transport (MST), which allows the first monitor to pass the signal along to the second monitor.

If you've ruled out cables as the problem, go to Solution 5.

Solution 5: Check the display adapter

If you’re using an adapter (like a USB-C to HDMI Adapter, USB-C to DisplayPort Adapter, or USB-C to VGA Adapter), check your connection. Remove the adapter and reinsert it firmly to make sure it’s connected to your Surface.

If your monitor doesn’t support DisplayPort, we recommend using HDMI. Otherwise, use DVI or VGA. The adapters listed in the table have been tested for compatibility and can help solve video issues. For other options, see Officially licensed third-party accessories.

Note: Avoid using a “Y” or “dual-link” adapter that splits the signal between two or more monitors.

If you’re using a Mini DisplayPort adapter, make sure the adapter is plugged in correctly. The adapter will only work when the connector is plugged in with the flat side of the connector aligned with the flat side of the Mini DisplayPort.

Mini DisplayPort on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Here’s what a Mini DisplayPort looks like. It might be located in a different place on your Surface or docking station.

If you still don't see what you expect to see on your second screen, try Solution 6.

Solution 6: Clear your display cache

Note: Don't use these steps if you're running Windows 10 in S mode.

Here's how to clear your cache:

  1. Undock your Surface from the Surface Dock or disconnect the monitor from your Surface.

  2. Download the Surface Dock registry file. Choose to Open the file. This file will clear your cache, whether you have a dock or not.

  3. Select and run surface dock registry.reg.

  4. Select Yes to allow changes to your Surface, select Yes to confirm, and then select OK to close.

  5. Restart your Surface, reconnect the Dock and/or monitors, and try your external display again.

If you still don't see what you expect on your second screen, try Solution 7.

Solution 7: Change the supported resolution and refresh rates

When you connect your Surface to a TV or monitor, your Surface tries to set the best resolution based on the connector and the resolution of your TV or monitor.

The resolution and refresh rate supported for the external display depends on how many displays are connected and whether the display on your Surface is on or off. It also depends on which processor you have.

For one external display, here’s the supported resolution and refresh rate:

Surface

Max refresh rate

Max screen resolution

Surface 3

30 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface 3

60 Hz

2560 x 1600

Surface Book

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Book with i5 or i7 processor

30 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Book 2 13” or 15”

60 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Book 3 13.5" or 15"

120 Hz

4096 X 2304

Surface Go

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Go with LTE Advanced

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Go 2

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Go 2 with LTE Advanced

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Laptop with i5 or i7 processor

60 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Laptop 2 with i5 or i7 processor

60 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Laptop 3 with Intel processor

30 Hz

5120 x 3200

Surface Laptop 3 with Intel processor

60 Hz

5120 x 2880

Surface Laptop 3 with AMD processor

30 Hz

7680 x 4320

Surface Laptop 3 with AMD processor

60 Hz

5120 x 2880

Surface Laptop 4 with Intel processor

30 Hz

5120 x 3200

Surface Laptop 4 with Intel processor

60 Hz

5120 x 2880

Surface Laptop 4 with AMD processor

30 Hz

7580 x 4320

Surface Laptop 4 with AMD processor

60 Hz

5120 x 2880

Surface Laptop Go

60 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Pro 1796 with i5 or i7 processor

60 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Pro 1796 with m3 processor

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Pro 2

24 Hz

4096 x 2160

Surface Pro 2

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Pro 3

24 Hz

4096 x 2160

Surface Pro 3

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Pro 4 with Core M processor

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Pro 4 with i5 or i7 processor

60 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Pro 6 with i5 or i7 processor

60 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Pro 7

30 Hz

5120 x 3200

Surface Pro 7

60 Hz

5120 x 2880

Surface Pro 7+

30 Hz

5120 x 3200

Surface Pro 7+

60 Hz

5120 x 2880

Surface Pro X (USB-C)

30 Hz

4096 x 2160

Surface Pro X (USB-C)

60 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Studio with i5 or i7 processor*

60 Hz

4096 x 2304

For two external displays, here’s the supported resolution and refresh rate:

Surface

Max refresh rate

Max screen resolution

Surface Book

60 Hz

2560 x 1600

Surface Book with i5 or i7 processor

30 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Book 2 13” or 15”

30 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Book 2 13” or 15”

60 Hz

2560 X 1600

Surface Book 3 13.5" or 15"

60 Hz

4096 X 2304

Surface Go

30 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Go with LTE Advanced

30 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Go 2

30 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Go 2 with LTE Advanced

30 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Laptop with i5 or i7 processor

60 Hz

2560 x 1600

Surface Laptop with i5 or i7 processor

30 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Laptop 2 with i5 or i7 processor

30 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Laptop 2 with i5 or i7

60 Hz

2560 x 1600

Surface Laptop 3 with Intel processor

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Laptop 3 with AMD processor

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Laptop 4 with Intel processor

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Laptop 4 with AMD processor

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Laptop Go

30 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Laptop Go

60 Hz

2560 x 1600

Surface Pro 1796

60 Hz

2560 x 1600

Surface Pro 1796 with i5 or i7 processor

30 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Pro 1796 with m3 processor

30 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Pro 2

30 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Pro 2

60 Hz

2560 x 1440

Surface Pro 3 with i3 processor

60 Hz

1920 x 1200

Surface Pro 3 with i5 or i7 processor

30 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Pro 3 with i5 or i7 processor

60 Hz

2560 x 1440

Surface Pro 4

60 Hz

2560 x 1600

Surface Pro 4 with Core M processor

30 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Pro 4 with i5 or i7 processor

30 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Pro 6 with i5 or i7 processor

30 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Pro 6 with i5 or i7 processor

60 Hz

2560 x 1600​

Surface Pro 7

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Pro 7+

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Pro X (USB-C Dual port)

60 Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Pro X (mDP Surface Dock)

60 Hz

3840 x 2160

Surface Studio with i5 or i7 processor*

60 Hz

2560 x 1600

Surface Studio with i5 or i7 processor*

30 Hz

4096 x 2304

When using Surface Dock

When connecting through Surface Dock there’s a maximum screen refresh or resolution possible, even if some Surface model capabilities exceed this. The following table specifies the max refresh rate and screen resolution for Surface devices that are using either one or two external displays. 

Connected to one external monitor

Surface Dock model

Max refresh rate

Max screen resolution

Surface Dock

60Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Dock 2

30Hz

7680 x 4320

Surface Dock 2

120Hz

3840 x 2160

Connected to two external monitors

Surface Dock model

Max refresh rate

Max screen resolution

Surface Dock

30Hz

4096 x 2304

Surface Dock

60Hz

2560 x 1600

Surface Dock 2

60Hz

3840 x 2160

When you use two external displays, you may be able to achieve a higher refresh or screen resolution on one display by lowering the refresh or screen resolution used on the other. 

If changing the resolution of your display and adjusting desktop sizes don’t help, try Solution 8.

Solution 8: Check your monitor’s compatibility

You can find a wide variety of compatible monitors for your Surface. Check your monitor and cables to make sure they have the right certifications.

Connection

Certification

HDMI

HDMI

USB-C video input

USB-IF and VESA

USB-C cable

USB-IF

DisplayPort

VESA

If you find that your monitor is compatible, but you still need help, try Solution 9.

Solution 9: Try the adapter on a different external display

To see if your video adapter is working, connect your Surface to a different TV, monitor, or projector. If you can’t get what’s on your Surface display to show on a different external screen, you might need to replace the adapter.

To wirelessly connect your Surface to a display without using the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, the display must be compatible with Miracast. Visit the manufacturer's website to see if your TV, monitor, or projector supports Miracast.

Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve the issue. On your Surface, select the Start and then select Power > Update and restart. Turn the TV or other display off and on, then try connecting them again.

To learn more, see Restore or reset Surface for Windows 10.

Bluetooth can occasionally interfere with Miracast. Select action center Notification icon in taskbar in the taskbar and make sure Bluetooth is off.

Related topics

Sours: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/troubleshoot-connecting-surface-to-a-second-screen-bc8f5121-a4cb-cf0b-5770-2df7a66a3b28

To connect your Surface to another screen, you'll need a compatible cable and adapter. You can even connect to some displays wirelessly. 

Which cables and adapters do I need?

On your Surface

Find your Surface in this table to see what display output port it has. This will help you find the right adapter that connects to your external monitor. To find out which Surface devices can be upgraded to Windows 11, see Which Surface devices can be upgraded to Windows11?

My Surface device

Daisy chain support

External display/audio output port

Surface Pro 6
Surface Laptop 2

Yes

Mini DisplayPort

Surface Studio 2
Surface Book 2
Surface Book 3
Surface Go 2
Surface Go 3
Surface Laptop 3
Surface Laptop 4
Surface Laptop Go
Surface Laptop Studio
Surface Pro 7
Surface Pro 7+
Surface Pro 8
Surface Pro X with Microsoft SQ1 ARM Processor
Surface Pro X with Microsoft SQ2 ARM Processor

Yes

USB-C

Look at the video ports on your TV, monitor, or projector. Ports you usually see would include HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA. This will help you determine what adapters and cables you need for your device, as they're often sold separately.

For the best results, we recommend the following types of connections:

  • If possible, use the same type of connection between your Surface or dock and your monitor before you use a display adapter.

  • If you can’t use the same type of connection, we recommend one of these types of connections (in order of best results): USB-C, DisplayPort (Mini DisplayPort), HDMI, DVI, VGA.

These adapters are recommended for use with your Surface:

Note: Surface display adapters are available in the Microsoft Store. 

If your external screen has a DisplayPort

Depending on which Surface you have, you'll need one of the following:

  • A USB-C to DisplayPort adapter and DisplayPort cable (sold separately) or

  • A Mini DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort cable (sold separately)

If your screen only has a Mini DisplayPort, you can connect a USB-C to HDMI adapter > HDMI cable > HDMI to Mini DisplayPort > your external screen. Keep in mind that the more adapters used, the more degraded the signal may get. 

If your external screen has an HDMI port

Depending on which Surface you have, you'll need one of the following:

  • A USB-C to HDMI adapter and HDMI cable (sold separately) or

  • A Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter and HDMI cable (sold separately)

Tip: For best results when using your Surface with a high-resolution monitor, we recommend using an active HDMI cable.

If your external screen has a VGA port

Depending on which Surface you have, you'll need one of the following:

  • A USB-C to VGA adapter and VGA cable (sold separately) or

  • A Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter and VGA cable (sold separately)

A VGA adapter and cable are for video only. Audio will play from your Surface speakers unless you've connected external speakers. For more info, go to Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories.

Make sure you have the correct cable(s) and adapter(s) for your devices. When you're ready, here's how to set it up:

  1. Plug one end of the video cable into the port on the external screen. Make sure that your TV, monitor, or projector is turned on.

  2. Connect the other end of the cable to the video adapter.

  3. Connect the other end of the adapter to your Surface. Make sure you're plugging in the right part of the cable to the right input.

    • If you're using a projector, make sure you connect any audio accessories.

For more info, or to troubleshoot your setup, go to Troubleshoot connecting Surface to a second screen.

You can connect to wireless displays when Windows detects one nearby. You can also use a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter to connect to a screen using Miracast. For info on setting up your Wireless Display adapter, go to Using the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.

When you're ready to connect wirelessly, here's how:

  1. On your Surface, select the Network icon on the right side of the taskbar, then select the Cast quick setting.

  2. In the list of displays and adapters, select the name of the wireless display or adapter that you want to connect to.

Tip: You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Windows logo key K) to connect to a wireless display.

If you have problems connecting your Surface or have questions about screen resolution, see Trouble connecting Surface to a second screen?

Once you've connected another screen to your Surface, you can choose what to display on each screen. Here’s how:

  1. On your Surface, select the Network icon on the right side of the taskbar, then select the Project quick setting (or just press Windows logo key + P).

  2. Choose one of the following options:

    • PC screen only: You’ll see everything on your Surface screen. (When you're connected to a wireless projector, this option changes to Disconnect.)

    • Duplicate: You’ll see the same things on all screens.

    • Extend: You'll see everything spread over all screens, and you can drag and move items between them.

    • Second screen only: You’ll see everything on the connected screen or screens, and your Surface screen will be blank.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Windows logo key + P) to change your options for the additional screen or screens.

How to use external screens with Surface

Use taskbars on all of your screens

After you have your second monitor or a projector set up to your liking, you might want to have more than one taskbar to make switching between apps and files easier on the desktop. Here's how to get taskbars on all of your displays and change how buttons appear on them.

  1. Select Search on the taskbar, enter taskbar, and in the search results, select Taskbar settings.

  2. Select Taskbar behaviors, then select the Show my taskbar on all displays check box.

  3. Next to When using multiple displays, show my taskbar apps on, choose one of the following options:

    • All taskbars: The taskbar buttons for all of your open windows will be duplicated on the taskbars on each display.

    • Main taskbar and taskbar where window is open: A taskbar button will appear on your main monitor and in the taskbar on the display where the window is open.

    • Taskbar where window is open: A taskbar button will appear only on the display where the window is open. None of the buttons will be duplicated on other taskbars.

Move apps between your screens

Connecting another monitor to your Surface is a great way to multitask. You can use one monitor for work (for example, running Office apps) and the other for play (chatting or music).

Once connected, use one of the following key combinations to move an app to the second screen:

To

Do this

Move Microsoft Store or desktop apps to another monitor.

Windows logo key + Shift + Right arrow
or
Windows logo key + Shift + Left arrow

You can also move a Microsoft Store or desktop app to another screen by clicking the title bar and dragging it to the other screen.

Move Microsoft Store or desktop apps to the left, center, and right on a monitor.

Windows logo key + Right arrow
or
Windows logo key + Left arrow

Use two apps side by side

Windows 11 makes it easy to use two apps side by side. For example, you can schedule meetings on your calendar while you respond to email, or record a lecture in class with Sound Recorder while you take notes in the desktop.

To use two apps side by side:

  1. Open an app that you'd like to use.

  2. Press and hold (or click and hold) the title bar and drag the app to one side of the screen.

  3. On the other side of the screen, select another app. It will appear next to the first app.

Related topics

To connect your Surface to another screen, you'll need a compatible cable and adapter. You can even connect to some displays wirelessly. 

Which cables and adapters do I need?

On your Surface

Find your Surface in this table to see what display output port it has. This will help you find the right adapter that connects to your external monitor. 

My Surface device

Daisy chain support

External display/audio output port

Surface Pro
Surface Pro 2
Surface Pro 3
Surface Pro 4
Surface Pro 5
Surface Pro 6
Surface Studio
Surface Laptop
Surface Laptop 2
Surface Book

Yes

Mini DisplayPort

Surface Studio 2
Surface Book 2
Surface Book 3
Surface Go
Surface Go 2
Surface Go 3
Surface Laptop 3
Surface Laptop 4
Surface Laptop Go
Surface Laptop Studio
Surface Pro 7
Surface Pro 7+
Surface Pro 8
Surface Pro X

Yes

USB-C

Surface 3

No

Mini DisplayPort

Look at the video ports on your TV, monitor, or projector. Ports you usually see would include HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA. This will help you determine what adapters and cables you need for your device, as they're often sold separately.

For the best results, we recommend the following types of connections:

  • If possible, use the same type of connection between your Surface or dock and your monitor before you use a display adapter.

  • If you can’t use the same type of connection, we recommend one of these types of connections (in order of best results): USB-C, DisplayPort (Mini DisplayPort), HDMI, DVI, VGA.

These adapters are recommended for use with your Surface:

Note: Surface display adapters are available in the Microsoft Store. 

If your external screen has a DisplayPort

Depending on which Surface you have, you'll need one of the following:

  • A USB-C to DisplayPort adapter and DisplayPort cable (sold separately) or

  • A Mini DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort cable (sold separately)

If your screen only has a Mini DisplayPort, you can connect a USB-C to HDMI adapter > HDMI cable > HDMI to Mini DisplayPort > your external screen. Keep in mind that the more adapters used, the more degraded the signal may get. 

If your external screen has an HDMI port

Depending on which Surface you have, you'll need one of the following:

  • A USB-C to HDMI adapter and HDMI cable (sold separately) or

  • A Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter and HDMI cable (sold separately)

Tip: For best results when using your Surface with a high-resolution monitor, we recommend using an active HDMI cable.

If your external screen has a VGA port

Depending on which Surface you have, you'll need one of the following:

  • A USB-C to VGA adapter and VGA cable (sold separately) or

  • A Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter and VGA cable (sold separately)

A VGA adapter and cable are for video only. Audio will play from your Surface speakers unless you've connected external speakers. For more info, go to Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories.

Make sure you have the correct cable(s) and adapter(s) for your devices. When you're ready, here's how to set it up:

  1. Plug one end of the video cable into the port on the external screen. Make sure that your TV, monitor, or projector is turned on.

  2. Connect the other end of the cable to the video adapter.

  3. Connect the other end of the adapter to your Surface. Make sure you're plugging in the right part of the cable to the right input.

    • If you're using a projector, make sure you connect any audio accessories.

For more info, or to troubleshoot your setup, go to Troubleshoot connecting Surface to a second screen.

You can connect to wireless displays when Windows detects one nearby. You can also use a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter to connect to a screen using Miracast. For info on setting up your Wireless Display adapter, go to Using the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.

When you're ready to connect wirelessly, here's how:

  1. On your Surface, select action center  in the taskbar or swipe in from the right edge of the screen.

  2. Select Connect. In the list of displays and adapters, select the name of the wireless display or adapter that you want to connect to.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Windows logo key  +K) to connect to a wireless display.

If you have problems connecting your Surface or have questions about screen resolution, see Trouble connecting Surface to a second screen?

Once you've connected another screen to your Surface, you can choose what to display on each screen. Here’s how:

  1. Select the search box in the taskbar, enter project to a second screen, and in the search results, select Project to a second screen.

  2. Choose one of the following options:

    • PC screen only: You’ll see everything on your Surface screen. (When you're connected to a wireless projector, this option changes to Disconnect.)

    • Duplicate: You’ll see the same things on all screens.

    • Extend: You'll see everything spread over all screens, and you can drag and move items between them.

    • Second screen only: You’ll see everything on the connected screen or screens, and your Surface screen will be blank.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Windows logo key  + P) to change your options for the additional screen or screens.

How to use external screens with Surface

Use taskbars on all of your screens

After you have your second monitor or a projector set up to your liking, you might want to have more than one taskbar to make switching between apps and files easier on the desktop. Here's how to get taskbars on all of your displays and change how buttons appear on them.

  1. Select the search box in the taskbar, enter taskbar, and in the search results, select Taskbar settings.

  2. Under Multiple displays, select Show taskbar on all displays.

  3. From the Show taskbar buttons on list, choose one of the following options:

    • All taskbars: The taskbar buttons for all of your open windows will be duplicated on the taskbars on each display.

    • Main taskbar and taskbar where window is open: A taskbar button will appear on your main monitor and in the taskbar on the display where the window is open.

    • Taskbar where window is open: A taskbar button will appear only on the display where the window is open. None of the buttons will be duplicated on other taskbars.

Move apps between your screens

Connecting another monitor to your Surface is a great way to multitask. You can use one monitor for work (for example, running Office apps) and the other for play (chatting or music).

Once connected, use one of the following key combinations to move an app to the second screen:

To

Do this

Move Microsoft Store or desktop apps to another monitor.

Windows logo key +Shift+Right arrow
or
Windows logo key +Shift+Left arrow

You can also move a Microsoft Store or desktop app to another screen by clicking the title bar and dragging it to the other screen.

Move Microsoft Store or desktop apps to the left, center, and right on a monitor.

Windows logo key +Right arrow
or
Windows logo key +Left arrow

Use two apps side by side

Windows 10 makes it easy to use two apps side by side. For example, you can schedule meetings on your calendar while you respond to email, or record a lecture in class with Sound Recorder while you take notes in the desktop.

To use two apps side by side:

  1. Open an app that you'd like to use.

  2. Press and hold (or click and hold) the title bar and drag the app to one side of the screen.

  3. On the other side of the screen, select another app. It will appear next to the first app.

Related topics

Sours: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/connect-surface-to-a-tv-monitor-or-projector-35c3aed4-f6c3-2767-d028-2c8ddbd2ee29
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How to Connect a Surface Laptop to a Monitor

What to Know

  • Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 and 4 output video through the USB-C port.
  • The Surface Laptop and Laptop 2 use Mini-DisplayPort instead.
  • You'll likely need an adapter to connect a Surface Laptop to most monitors.

Microsoft's Surface Laptop has support for up to two monitors with a resolution of up to 4K, but the Surface Laptop itself has just one video output. This article offers several ways to connect a Surface Laptop to one or more monitors.

How to Connect a Surface Laptop to a Monitor (Surface Laptop 3 and Laptop 4)

Microsoft's most recent Surface Laptop models, the Laptop 3 and Laptop 4 use a USB-C port to output video.

It can connect directly to a monitor with a USB-C video input; however, most monitors lack this input. You'll likely need a video adapter; Microsoft sells the following adapters.

  • USB-C to DisplayPort
  • USB-C to HDMI
  • USB-C to VGA

The Surface Laptop 3 and Laptop 4 will also work with third-party adapters.

Here's how to connect your Surface Laptop to a monitor once you have the correct adapter.

  1. Turn on your monitor.

  2. Connect a USB-C cable to the Surface Laptop's USB-C port.

    The USB-C cable must be compatible with DisplayPort alternate mode. Most are, but some less expensive ones cut this feature. Check the USB-C cable's specifications, if available.

  3. If your monitor has a USB-C video input, connect the USB-C cable directly to the monitor.

    Otherwise, connect the USB-C cable to a video adapter, then plug the video adapter into the corresponding video input on your monitor.

  4. The Surface Laptop will detect the display automatically.

While your Surface Laptop will output video automatically, you may want to change the resolution or location of the second monitor. Lifewire's guide to adding a second monitor in Windows will help you find and select the correct settings.

How to Connect a Surface Laptop to a Monitor (Surface Laptop and Laptop 2)

The Surface Laptop and Laptop 2 don't have a USB-C port and instead use Mini-DisplayPort.

Nearly all modern monitors support DisplayPort input but use a full-size DisplayPort connection instead of Mini-DisplayPort. You'll need a Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable.

Older monitors without DisplayPort will also require a DisplayPort to VGA or DVI adapter.

Follow the steps below once you have the correct cable or adapter.

  1. Turn on your monitor.

  2. Connect the Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable to the Surface Laptop's Mini-DisplayPort output.

  3. Plug the Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable into your monitor's DisplayPort input.

    If using an adapter, plug the Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable into the adapter, then plug the adapter into your monitor's corresponding input.

  4. The Surface Laptop will detect the display automatically.

How to Connect a Surface Laptop With a Surface Dock

Microsoft's Surface Laptop has only video output included on the laptop but can support more than one monitor.

You can connect a second monitor using the Microsoft Surface Dock, a peripheral sold by Microsoft which attaches via Surface Connect. It's the custom, magnetically attached port used to charge and power the Surface Laptop.

The Surface Dock can handle up to two 4K monitors in addition to the Laptop's built-in display.

Microsoft offers two Surface Dock models. The older, original Surface Dock uses Mini-DisplayPort to output video, and the newer, more expensive Surface Dock 2 uses USB-C. As with the Surface Laptop itself, you will need an adapter to connect your monitor if it lacks a Mini-DisplayPort or USB-C input.

Here's how to use the Surface Dock.

  1. Turn on each monitor you want to connect to your Surface Laptop.

  2. Connect the Surface Dock to the Surface Laptop via the Surface Connect port.

  3. Connect each monitor to the Surface Dock. If using adapters, connect the adapters to the Surface Dock first, then connect your monitors.

  4. The Surface Laptop will detect each display automatically.

More Ways to Connect a Surface Laptop to a Monitor

The Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Laptop 4, which use USB-C to output video, can be used with most third-party USB-C docks.

While you can use third-party USB-C hubs or docks to connect a Surface Laptop 3 or Laptop 4 to a display, some models place limitations on the video output. Be sure to double-check the hub or dock's video capabilities.

In some situations, you can connect multiple monitors with a daisy chain. It involves attaching a DisplayPort or USB-C video output to a monitor and then connecting a second monitor to the first monitor.

Most monitors don't have a video output in addition to video input and, because of this, can't daisy chain. Monitors that can daisy chain include the BenQ PD2700U and the Dell U2721DE. All Surface Laptop models have daisy chain support.

FAQ

  • You can use the Surface Pro's built-in Miracast screen mirroring to wirelessly extend or duplicate the display on a compatible Windows 10 laptop. On your Surface, open Action Center > Connect and find your device and accept the connection. To change the way the screens display content, use the Windows logo key+P shortcut to toggle through options like Extend or PC Screen only.

  • Yes, if your TV also has Miracast, you can connect and mirror your laptop display using the same steps above to project a Surface Pro to a laptop. If your smart TV doesn't have Miracast, you can use the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter to create a wireless connection between your TV and laptop.

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