If you’re a trader, then you know that having multiple monitors can be a huge advantage. With so much information at your fingertips, it can be challenging to keep track of everything when you’re limited to just one screen.
Here are the steps you need to take to set up multiple monitors for trading:
Decide how many monitors you want to use
If you’re going only to use one monitor, then you’re done. All you need to do is plug it into your computer and go on with life as usual. If not, keep reading.
Choose a video card that can support multiple monitors
You don’t want to buy a video card only to find out that it doesn’t support the number of screens you have or no longer supports the screens you bought for it.
Buy a new video card if needed, purchase adapters if necessary (if there are any), and install drivers before connecting your second monitor.
Plugin both monitors and tests to ensure they’re working correctly before proceeding.
Open up the control panel
Open up the control panel, go to display settings (inside the appearance and personalization group), click on the arrangement, then select “tile” or “extend.” You should now have two identical screens side by side (or top and bottom if you choose to put them that way). If not, check your monitor connections. Try moving them around if both monitors aren’t the same shape/size/resolution/brand/etc.
Check your Second Monitor
The next step depends on whether your second monitor is a rectangle (just like the first) or not:
If it’s a rectangle: Go into advanced display settings (inside the display group) and change the monitor’s orientation to match the first.
If it’s not a rectangle: You’ll need to adjust your screen resolution to fit both monitors. Click on “change resolution” and drag the slider until both monitors display the same thing.
You’re done! Enjoy
You’re done! Enjoy your extra screen real estate while you trade!
Some traders prefer to have one large monitor to see all of their charts at once. Others prefer having two or three monitors to spread their charts, news, and other data across multiple screens. Whichever setup you choose, using multiple monitors can be a huge help in maximizing your trading efficiency.
In conclusion, setting up a second monitor can help to improve the trading experience and increase the trader’s efficiency.
I hope this article has helped explain how setting up a second monitor can help enhance your trading experience and increase your productivity.
What type of adapter do I need if my second monitor isn’t a rectangle?
It depends on where it’s going and what ports you’re using. Many adapters allow you to plug in DVI and VGA, so check each monitor’s version before purchasing an adapter. Some cards might come with built-in adapters, so check the box before opening up your computer case.
I’m having trouble getting both monitors to show the same thing. What should I do?
You may need to adjust your screen resolution. Click on “change resolution” and drag the slider until both monitors display the same thing. Keep in mind that this might not be possible if one monitor is a different size or shape than the other.
Can I use different resolutions for each monitor?
No. Windows will only allow you to use one monitor’s native resolution unless you buy third-party software. I recommend using the exact resolution for both monitors to avoid any screen artifacts.
Can I use multiple monitors with my laptop?
No, Windows doesn’t support multiple monitors with laptops at this time. However, there are third-party programs that allow it. If you’re interested in buying one of these products, research them before making any purchases since some display drivers can cause problems with system stability, etc.
Can I put two different size/shape monitors side-by-side instead of tiling them?
A: Yes! Have fun customizing your trading setup however you want. That’s the beauty of using more than one monitor during trading.