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Second Screen Shortcut - Create in Windows 8


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Second Screen Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
This tutorial will show how to create or download a Second Screen (aka: Display Switch) shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1.
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How to Create a Second Screen Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This tutorial will show how to create or download a Second Screen (aka: Display Switch) shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1.
How to Create a Second Screen Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1


information   Information
Second Screen (aka: Display Switch) is used to change the presentation mode of the main display (screen) of your Windows 8 device or PC to display on the PC screen only, duplicate on another screen, extend across another screen, or on the second screen only.

This tutorial will show how to create or download a Second Screen (aka: Display Switch) shortcut in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

Note   Note


  • PC screen only - The second screen is ignored and only the main display is used.
  • Duplicate - The main display is mirrored on the second screen.
  • Extend - The main display is extended across the two screens and allows you to have a desktop that spans two screens or to use Metro on one screen and the desktop on the other.
  • Second screen only - The main display will be disabled and only the second screen is used as your new main display.

EXAMPLE: "Second Screen" in Windows 8
Second_Screen.jpg





OPTION ONE
To Download a "Second Screen" Shortcut for Windows 8

1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.​
Second_Screen_Shortcut.zip
download

2. Save the .zip file to the desktop.
3. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the Second Screen shortcut to the desktop.
4. Unblock the Second Screen shortcut.​
5. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.​
6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.






OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a "Second Screen" Shortcut in Windows 8

1. Right click or press and hold on a empty area of the desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.​
2. Copy and paste the command you want below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)​
(Second Screen (Windows 8) or Project (Windows 8.1) flyout)​
%windir%\System32\DisplaySwitch.exe
OR
(PC screen only)​
%windir%\System32\DisplaySwitch.exe /internal
OR
(Duplicate)​
%windir%\System32\DisplaySwitch.exe /clone
OR
(Extend)​
%windir%\System32\DisplaySwitch.exe /extend
OR
(Second screen only)​
%windir%\System32\DisplaySwitch.exe /external
Shortcut-1.jpg

3. Type Second Screen for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.
Shortcut-2.jpg

4. Right click or press and hold on the new Search Apps shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.​
5. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.​


That's it,
Shawn


 
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btakasper

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Is there a way to create just a shortcut to extend the display without having to use the second screen shortcut and then click extend? Not that it's a big deal, but i'm just trying to extend the display with a single click from desktop or start screen and also have another shortcut to go back to monitor only. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

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Hello btakasper, and welcome to Eight Forums.

I suppose that you could create a .vbs script like the ones below to do this. It's basically running the display switch shortcut, and simulating key strokes for the arrow keys and Enter to do this.

The problem is where you start off at. You may need to adjust how many UP or DOWN arrow keys to send.


If you start at "PC screen only", this will send two DOWN arrows and Enter to set "Extend" display.

Code:
WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell").Run "%windir%\System32\DisplaySwitch.exe"

WScript.Sleep 500
 
WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell").SendKeys "{DOWN}"

WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell").SendKeys "{DOWN}"

WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell").SendKeys "{ENTER}"


If you start at "Extend", this will send two UP arrows and Enter to set "PC screen only" display.

Code:
WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell").Run "%windir%\System32\DisplaySwitch.exe"

WScript.Sleep 500
 
WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell").SendKeys "{UP}"

WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell").SendKeys "{UP}"

WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell").SendKeys "{ENTER}"

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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pcRat

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Works great. :dinesh: Any chance to get it on context menu?
 

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pcRat

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Thanks Brink, it makes life easier.
 

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You're most welcome. :)
 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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