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Double Your Desktop

Current notebooks running Windows XP let you expand your desktop space by connecting an external monitor. The notebook LCD and external monitor work together, letting you view the same desktop on each, or different desktops, or an expanded desktop that stretches across the two displays.

First, connect the second monitor to your laptop. Then right-click on your desktop and select the Settings tab. You should see icons for two monitors. Right-click on Monitor 2 and click on Attached. Use the slider to adjust the resolution.

Right-click again on Monitor 2, click on Properties, select Monitor, and adjust the refresh rate. It defaults to a flickery 60 Hz, the same as the LCD panel. Try a higher refresh—say 75 Hz—then click on OK. Finally, click and drag the Monitor icon to match how you have the notebook and monitor arranged.

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