How to Connect a Surface Pro to a Monitor: Tips for Using Multiple Displays

If you’re looking to use multiple displays with your Surface Pro, there are a few things you need to know. Whether you’re using a docking station or plugging a display directly into the side of your Surface, you’ll find that the display comes on straight away. However, it’s probably in duplicate mode, meaning that the display is replicated on both the Surface and the external screens.

To use the extended desktop feature, which allows you to use the screen real estate of both screens separately, you need to open up the display settings in Windows. There are two ways of doing this. You could open up the Settings app, click on System, and then click on Display. Alternatively, you can right-click on your desktop and click on Display Settings.

When you plug in your first external display, you’ll see that there’s a setting at the bottom of the display settings page that says “Multiple Displays.” Instead of duplicating these multiple displays, switch this to “Extended Desktop” or “Extend these displays.” This will allow you to move your mouse from one monitor to another.

To see the sequence of this movement, you need to scroll back to the top of the display settings page. Here, you’ll find a section that says “Select and Rearrange Displays.” In this section, you can see your Surface Pro screen and your external screen represented by a bigger square. The squares could be different sizes depending on the resolution of the screen that you’re looking at. If you don’t know which monitor is which, click on the button that says “Identify,” and a big number will pop up on the screen to tell you which screen you’re dealing with.

You can then grab that second monitor and move it into a different position. Press “Apply,” and your mouse will move as though it were physically connected in the right sequence with this monitor. If you have two monitors plugged into the docking station, you’ll effectively have three screens that you can use. Make sure that each of the displays is set up as its own separate screen, and rearrange the displays so that they reflect the physical position of the displays as you’re looking at them. This will help you to manage moving the mouse across all of those different screens.

We hope these tips have helped you to get your screens set up just the way you want them. Remember to give us a thumbs up if you found this tip helpful!


Can you connect an external monitor to a Surface Pro?
Set up your TV, monitor, or projector Plug one end of the video cable into the port on the external screen. Make sure that your TV, monitor, or projector is turned on. Connect the other end of the cable to the video adapter. Connect the adapter to your Surface.
How do I connect my surface laptop Pro to a monitor?
Plug the USB-C end of the adapter into the USB-C port on your Surface.Take the video cable that's connected to your external display or TV, and then plug the other end of it into the adapter. ... Turn on your external display and your Surface.
How do I get my Surface Pro to recognize my monitor?
Make sure all the video connections are secure. Check the connection from the USB-C port or Mini DisplayPort on your Surface, docking station, any video adapter you are using, and the input connection on your external display. Use the cable that came with your monitor, and if using USB-C, confirm it supports video.