Using a Touchscreen Monitor with a Touchscreen Laptop


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Hello Everyone,

I have a Dell Inspiron 13 Touchscreen laptop running W8.1, and an Acer touchscreen monitor. The laptop is a new replacement for my old computer which I was using the Touchscreen on.

I have two possible set-ups that I would like to try, but neither of them seem to work. I am unsure if I am doing something wrong or if these set-ups are unsupported.

Set up 1 -

Ideally I would like to be able to use the external touchscreen monitor as a second monitor with an extended display while at the same time using the laptops screen as the primary monitor. However I would like to have touchscreens enabled on both of the screens. I think this would be a very awesome set-up for what I am doing, but I cannot seem to get it to work. When I try the secondary monitors touch functions do not work.

Set up 2 -

If Set up 1 does not work I would like to be able to use the external display as a primary monitor with the laptop lid closed. This would be nice because the external monitor is much larger than the laptops screen. However, I would like to be able to use the touchscreen functions when the computer is set up this way.

With both set-ups the same thing occurs, the Acer touchscreen does not work with touchscreen functions. On any other computer, they work great! It is only with the touchscreen laptop that I cannot use the touchscreen functions on the external monitor.

If anyone has any experience setting up something like this, or if it is known that you cannot pull this off please let me know! Thank you in advance for any help, I do appreciate it!

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
I have 2 touchscreen Notebooks but have not tried the added monitor with them. I have an HP L2105tm monitor on my desktop and do have to have a USB cable from the monitor to the computer in addition to the VGA or DVI data cable so that touches or gestures are sent to the computer.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WinXP, WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Linux Mint 20
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2 Customs and 12 OEM/Brands
    AMD and Intel
There is absolutely no reason why the second monitor would not work as a touch screen (either mirror mode or extended mode). Just be sure to follow the instructions that came with the monitor to hook it up. Sometimes there are extra cables like a USB cable to get the touch screen to work. I have not used any of the modern touch screen monitors so I am not sure if this is still the case though I suspect it is (how else would Windows get the touch data).

You can set either monitor as the primary.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Nokia Lumia 2520
    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB SSD
    Asus Case
    Microsoft Wedge Keyboard
    Bornd Bluetooth Mouse
    IE 11