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Laptops and dual screen - ease

We now work in a thin client environment whereby we all dock our laptop devices at work and all have 19" monitors on which to show the display. However some of our team take the laptop offsite to work on them as traditional thick clients, or use them to connect to citrix access gateway. Now some of these users dont like the size of the laptop, the screen is tiny. Often working off site they have access to 19" monitors. Is it easy to attach the laptop to the monitor to work either where the monitor acts as the primary display, or as a dual screen. Is it as simple as attaching a cable from the laptop to the monitor and it will display every time. Or is it not always 100% as simple as that. Can there be times when the laptop/monitors wont communicate/wont work as a dual screen etc.
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Which cable is it normally that would cover all/most monitors. Will that just display the laptops monitor on the external monitor, or can you share the screen in a dual screen easily enough?
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Carl - it is win7.
SVGA is the most common that I have seen.

You should be given the option of having both screens show the same thing (yuck for normal work) or each being independent (my preference).  If you are doing presentations, having both displays show the same thing can be a benefit.  Some programs like PowerPoint use dual displays to their advantage.
Win7 has excellent support for up to 16 monitors IIRC.  Dual displays with a Win7 laptop is drop dead simple.
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Is configuring whether the external monitor is a clone display of the laptop monitor, or ane xtended desktop - always done through windows. Or is it best practice to manage that through any installed graphics software on the PC. For example I just toyed with mine and we have intel graphics and media control panel which seems to cover that. I wondered if XP / Windows 7 has the same sort of config somewhere in the windows control panel?
Depends on the graphics software.  nVidia has their own software as does Intel.  But Windows will also manage it.
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Thanks Carl
You will not hurt anything by just playing around and testing.