Working on a Laptop/Notebook computer for a long time is not recommended, due to the strain it puts on your neck ,shoulders and back
Bad posture and overuse of a laptop can cause many serious health issues which can cause serious side effects as we age. Correct posture is important. You must not spend too much time looking down or up to a monitor or laptop screen. Ideally your eyes should be level with the top of the monitor.
A stand-up desk (see below) is an excellent option and can be used sitting or standing.
Purchasing a second or additional monitor is now a very affordable option with prices as low as $99 for a 20″+ monitor.
But before purchasing that monitor you need to know what your laptop is capable of connecting to, so take a look around the back and sides of the laptop to see available ports.
Most laptops and Notebooks have either a VGA or a HDMI connection but some ultra-thin notebooks may only have a USB port with a HDMI adaptor, or thunderbolt, mini display port or the new USB “c” connection.
Most commonly on older Laptops is the VGA connector
Depending on Which connector you have on your laptop or notebook may force you to choose a particular monitor.
Typical monitor connections.
VGA Connector (left) DVI (right)
HDMI (top) DVI (left) and VGA (right)
Thunderbolt and Mini Display Ports
USB “C” Port
Upon plugging in a suitable cable connecting the laptop to the monitor it is likely that there will initially be no picture on the monitor. You may need to select the “input Type” by pushing the button on the monitor. Select VGA, HDMI, DVI or whatever type of connection you are using.
Although it varies from laptop to laptop, some can turn on the external monitor by hitting the Function Key (Fn) plus the F5 key.
On the Toshiba, continually hitting Fn-F5 , skips between the various monitor options including screen duplication and screen extension.
In this example we choose to extend the screen to the external monitor
On Windows 10, right click over the desktop and choose “Display Settings” or via the menu
Settings >> System >> Display
On Windows 7, a right-click on the desktop and selecting “Screen Resolution” will give you more options on what to display and on which monitor.
Extending your computer or laptop to additional external monitors
You can also extended your computer to use two (dual-monitors), three or more by employing any of the following cable splitters or adapters
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