Fake connect a Monitor

In some cases you might not be able to physically setup a second Monitor, or you simply do not have the money to spend for one. No matter whats the reason, there is a way to tell Windows that you have a Monitor connected. This “Virtual Monitor” can then be used to hold programs you currently do not need, or programs you want to capture with your streaming/recording software but which would be hidden behind your fullscreen game for example. Oh, and of course on older QuickSync setups, if you need a Monitor connected to your iGPU, this setup should also help you get QuickSync working.
So how do we do it? With a few simple steps:

  1. Open your Screen Resolution settings, either using the Control Panel or by right-clicking your Desktop and selecting Screen Resolution:
    screen_resolution
  2. Click the “Detect” button and one or two gray Monitor’s should appear
    detect_display
  3. QuickSync users now have to make sure the Display they select is named as “Available display output on: Intel(R) HD Gr…”, users that simply want a Virtual monitor can read on
    quicksync_intel
  4. Next we have to tell Windows to try and connect a display anyway, followed by clicking apply
    multipledisplays_connect_vgaclick_apply
  5. The next step differs slightly again. Normal users should now have the option to Duplicate their desktop, which we do not want of course, while both QuickSync and Normal users should have the option to “Extend desktop to this display”. This is what we want so select, again followed by the apply button, to get our Virtual Monitor.
    extended_desktopclick_apply
  6. Now, last but not least, if you want to use the Monitor and do not just need it for QuickSync, you can select a usable resolution, for example similar to your normal Monitor resolution.

That is pretty much all you need to connect a “Fake/Virtual” Monitor/Display on Windows. If you have questions, post them below!

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