Docked laptop using screen as second display

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Richmilnix, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. Richmilnix

    Richmilnix Active Member

    Mar 16, 2012
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    Win 7 Pro x64
    NVIDIA Quadro K1000M

    For the six months that I've owned this Lenovo W530, it's worked this way: I bring it home, put it in the dock (closed), and I use my external keyboard and display.

    Yesterday, for no reason I know of, I couldn't get any video signal to the monitor. In an effort to fix the problem, I opened the laptop and changed the Windows settings to extend the display.

    I'm happy with the results - a free second display - and now just want to know how to keep it this way. Where are the settings I should embed in stone to keep this - either in the video card control panel or Win7?

    Things to keep in mind:

    - I'm switching daily b/w this and another workspace - where I do run in 'clamshell' mode, tied to two external displays

    - when using the laptop's screen in this way (as a second display), I have the resolution ratcheted down (from 1920x to 1280x) because it's farther away from me.

    I'd like to find a 'fast switch' approach where I can store both sets of settings (three sets, if you consider that I sometimes need to use the laptop undocked at its native res).
  2. bassfisher6522

    bassfisher6522 Essential Member

    Aug 27, 2008
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    Use the window key + p.

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