By Ellie / Last Updated July 8, 2022

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?”

Multiple Monitors Win10

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:

Option 1. Edit RDP display configuration

 Step 1. On the local computer, search remote desktop connection in the search box and then open it.

RDC

Step 2. Click on Show Options.

Show Options

Step 3. Locate the Display tab and then check Use all my monitors for the remote session.

Use All Monitors for 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.

General Tab

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.

Run Box Multimon

Step 2. Enter the IP Address and User name of the host computer to achieve remote control.

Control Multiple Monitors

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.

List All Displays

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.

Save as RDP File

Step 2. Enter the file name you want and save it to a place you want.

Remote Desktop Files

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.

Notepad

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.
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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.)

Log in AnyViewer

Step 2. Fill in the signup information.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

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. 

Free Editions

Step 4. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then click Remote control to achieve unattended remote access.

Connect to My Devices

Step 5. Now you can realize Windows remote control with multiple monitors.

Connect Computer with Multiple Mmonitors

Notes:✎...
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.

Conclusion

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.