Can you use 2 screens on Remote Desktop?
“I am using the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection. I have dual monitors on my remote workstation. How can I set up the client so I can view both monitors of the remote workstation on my local monitor?”
3 options on how to make Remote Desktop dual screen
When using RDP to control another PC remotely, how can I use 2 screens on Remote Desktop if I have dual monitors for my remote computer? Here in this part, we’ll provide you with 3 options on how to make Remote Desktop dual screen.
Before learning how to extend Remote Desktop to two monitors, let’s take a look at some preconditions you need to note in order to use RDP:
- Windows version. RDP only supports remote connection to higher Windows editions (Professional and Enterprise). Windows Single Language and Windows Home editions cannot receive incoming Remote Desktop Connections.
- Enable Remote Desktop. Before starting, you need to check whether you have enabled a remote connection to this computer or not.
- IP address. RDP requires an IP address to achieve a remote connection. Please find out the IP address of the remote computer in advance.
- PC name. RDP also requires the PC name of the remote computer. Please find out the PC name for Remote Desktop as well.
- Network restriction. RDP can’t be used when the two devices are on different networks unless you set up a port forwarding or use a VPN.
Option 1. Edit RDP display configuration
Step 1. On the local computer, search remote desktop connection in the search box and then open it.
Step 2. Click on Show Options.
Step 3. Locate the Display tab and then check Use all my monitors for the remote session.
Step 4. Back to the General tab, then enter the IP Address and User name of the host computer to achieve remote control. If you have the dual screen for the remote computer, then you can see both on your local computer.
Option 2. Use the command line
Step 1. Press Win + R to invoke the Run dialog box. Then type in “mstsc /multimon” and hit OK. This will automatically tick the option Use all my monitors for the remote session we mentioned in the last option.
Step 2. Enter the IP Address and User name of the host computer to achieve remote control.
Step 3. After this, open Run dialog box, type in “mstsc /l” and hit OK to check the list of all the monitors on the current computer.
Solution 3. Use the RDP file
Step 1. On the General tab of Remote Desktop Connection, click Save As under Connection settings to save the current connection settings to an RDP file.
Step 2. Enter the file name you want and save it to a place you want.
Step 3. Find the saved RDP file, right-click it and then choose Open with Notepad. Enter “use Multimon:i:1” and save it. In this way, you can directly enable multiple monitors when you use the RDP file to achieve a remote connection next time.
Bonus tip: An easier option on how to make remote desktop connection dual screen
If you want to make remote desktop connection dual screen easier, we recommend using the free third-party remote desktop tool AnyViewer. It has the following benefits:
- Compatibility. It supports multiple Windows systems, including Home editions.
- Convenience. You can achieve unattended remote connections to a remote computer with one click without any special configurations.
- Security. It is secured by Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) encryption, protecting your data from leakage during remote sessions.
- Fast & stable connection. It is developed by a strong technical team, providing you fast and stable remote connection with high image quality.
- Additional features. It provides users with multiple practical features, like file transfer between computers, screen viewing, and quick remote management. It is worth noting that its file transfer speed is far faster than RDP.
Step 1. Download, install, and launch AnyViewer on Windows computers. Go to Log in, and then click Sign up. (If you already have signed up on its official website, you can log in directly.)
Step 2. Fill in the signup information.
Step 3. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to the account you’ve logged in to.
Step 4. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then click One-click control to achieve unattended remote access.
Step 5. Now you can realize Windows remote control with multiple monitors.
- You can upgrade your account to an Enterprise plan to initiate 10 concurrent connections. Aside from this, you can enjoy more rights:
- Faster file transfer speed. Transfer speed for a free account is 500 KB/s, and for a paid account is up to 10 MB/s.
- Increasing number of files transferred in a single time.
- Larger size of a single file that can be transferred.
- More devices can be assigned to the same account for unattended remote access.
- More Currently connected devices are displayed for management.
- Connect in privacy mode to protect privacy.
This post primarily introduces how to make Remote Desktop dual screen on Windows computers. You can choose to set it directly in Remote Desktop Connection, use the Command Line or use the RDP file. Besides, you can also use the free remote desktop software AnyViewer to make remote desktop connection dual screen an easier way.