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User Guide on How to Manage External Display Settings

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Written by Hassan Abbas

Manage External Display Settings: Using various monitors with your PC can not only enhance your workspace but also your productivity. Although you can easily use the Split View on your MacBook, you can actually quadruple that view with a 2nd monitor.

If you’re interested in a second display and want to connected and ready to go. Then here are some tips for managing your external displays on Mac.

Arrange your Displays

The preference which you select to order your monitors is totally up to you. However, If you go with the natural flow of reading from left to right, for example, you may want your primary monitor, like your MacBook, on the left and the extra screen on the right. But also, this is totally up to your preference.

Step 1:

Initially, open System Preferences with the icon in your Dock or Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar.

Step 2:

Also, choose Displays.

Step 3:

Tap Arrangement at the top.

Step 4:

In the center screen, you should view your two displays. Tap, drag, and release the arrangement you like for them.

But if you move them back and forth to view which you like best and lose your place. Then you can tap and hold on each screen in the box. Also, it monitor will be outlined in red in the box and on your screen.

Decide on your set up

Next, you think about how you like to use that additional display. Do you like it as an extension of your primary display or would you prefer it mirror your primary display?

Using the extended desktop is what provides you that extra workspace. You can also drag apps and items from your primary screen to your second one just to view more at once.

To set up an extended display, follow these steps carefully.

Step 1:

Firstly, Open System Preferences using the icon in your Dock or Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar.

Step 2:

Then choose Displays. You should view Display settings display up on both screens. Just to pull them together on one screen, tap the Gather Windows button at the bottom.

Step 3:

Also. tap Arrangement at the top.

Step 4:

On your primary screen, unmark the Mirror Displays option to use the extended desktop and follow any onscreen prompts.

Now if you like to mirror your display besides, for example, maybe you’re going to play a movie on your MacBook. But you prefer it shown on the big monitor you just buy instead. Just leave that Mirror Displays choice checked.

More than two displays

If you have three displays on Mac besides two, then you have some display as mirrored while others are extended.

Follow the steps above carefully to create each as an extended display. Then, hit and hold the Option key. Also, drag one screen onto another screen in the box, and launch it. Those two screens will then be mirrored while the third remains extended.

Other tips and settings for external displays

Color profiles: You may like to use various color profiles for your displays. Firstly, Open System Preferences > Displays and select Color. Your current color profile will be at the top of the list with additional choices below. Tap to use another one. Also, select Open Profile to view the profile, or tap Calibrate to create a custom profile.

Dock Location: Certainly, you already know that you can modify the position for your Dock. You can have it on the right, left, or bottom of your screen. While using more than one display, the Dock will reside in that same position rather than of which screen it’s displayed on.

However, to move the Dock from one screen to another, just make that screen active by taking an action on it. Also, move your cursor to where the Dock should be. Your Dock display on that screen in its correct position.

Rotate an external display: While using an external monitor for graphics or design, for instance, you can then rotate that screen independently of your primary screen. Also, Open System Preferences > Displays and on the external screen, choose an option from the Rotation drop-down box. You can also select from 90, 180, or 270 degrees.


Managing your external displays on Mac is quite easy. Also, it’s definitely worth taking a few minutes to try various arrangements and setups to ensure you get them exactly how you like them.

Here’s all about “Manage External Display Settings”. For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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