Enabling Multiple Monitors in Linux Ubuntu

Windows is not the only operating system on the market these days.  For a variety of reasons, people are switching over to Mac OSX and to various Linux distributions (distros as they are commonly called).  For over a decade, Linux has been the choice for those that run web servers for a number of reasons.  Number one, there are less security flaws vs. say a Windows server.  It also tends to run without having to be restarted, unlike Windows.  For these reasons, as well as the fact that it’s free in most cases to download, people have started using Linux on their home computer as well.  One of the cool side effects of this is that many software developers have put out open source programs to run on Linux machines, making them almost as user friendly as Windows and Mac machines.

That leads to another question though, is it possible to install dual monitors or even more multiple monitors on an Ubuntu Linux machine?  The short answer is, yes.  In this article we’ll try to walk you through the process to make it easy for you.

Linux these days is nothing like it was, even around 2000/2001.  There is much more hardware support an the community has developed quite an outstanding knowledge base, answering just about any question that you may have about your OS.  One frequent question that comes up though, is how do you install and configure multiple monitors.  After you’ve connected all the monitors to your computer here are the steps to doing just that:

Step 1:  Click on System > Preferences > Display

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Step 2:  If only one monitor is seen then click on Detect, this will in turn detect all of the monitors attached to the machine.

Step 3:  Make Sure “Mirror Screens” is UNCHECKED, doing this will ensure that two unique desktops are shown on each monitor.

Step 4:  Select the first monitor, and then click the “On” radio button.

Step 5:  Select the second monitor, and then click the “On” radio button.

Step 6:  You can now select the order of the monitors, as you want the screens to appear by dragging and dropping the monitors on the screen in the order that you’d like to appear.

That’s it; you’re all set up- now you can enjoy using the multiple benefits of multiple monitor computers.  If you’ve just entered into the world of multiple screens, then you are in for a treat.  You’ll find that your productivity will increase dramatically and stress will diminish.  In the past, it was primarily those in the financial markets that used multiple screens, but these days it goes well beyond that niche.  Programmers, designers, developers, system admins, teachers and others have all found that there are multiple advantages to using multiple screens.  And the beauty of it is that most computers these days come with the ability to hook up multiple screens with ease.  One you up grade to using a multiple screen computer, whether it is with Windows, Mac or Linux, you are bound to enjoy the advantages as so many others are already doing.