Using Presets to Toggle Display Modes Using Radeon™ Additional Settings

Article Number: DH-011

​Presets are user defined settings that provide quick access to different graphics driver features.  This document provides information on how to use Presets to quickly and easily switch between various multi-monitor display modes. 

The contents of this document are organized into the following sections:

Multi-Monitor Display Modes

Systems with two or more connected displays can be configured for the following display modes to improve productivity or enhance visual details:

  • Duplicated – The desktop is duplicated (including resolution) on more than one display. This setup can be useful for running demos and presentations.
  • Extended – The desktop is extended across multiple displays. Each extended display has its own unique desktop area (including screen resolution and refresh rate). This setup can be used to provide additional desktop space.
  • AMD Eyefinity – Enables two or more displays to be grouped to work together as a single desktop. When displays are grouped together, the desktop resolution and workspace area increase according to the number of displays in the group, and each display shows a portion of the desktop.

While the desired display modes can be manually changed depending on the current system usage, switching back and forth from different display modes can be a time consuming process.  By using the Preset feature in Radeon Additional Settings, you can create a preset for a display mode which can be quickly applied when needed.

 

Creating Presets

The Preset feature is located in Radeon Additional Settings.  To access this menu follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Radeon Settings Application. This can be done in any of the following ways:
                1. Right click on your desktop and select Radeon Settings

                2. Click on the Radeon Settings icon in the System Tray

                3. Select AMD Radeon Settings from the Programs menu

  2. Click on the Preferences menu option

  3. Click on the Radeon Additional Settings


    Note! More information about Radeon Additional Settings can be found here: [link - How to Access Radeon Additional Settings for More Graphics Options]
  4. In Radeon Additional Settings, expand the Presets menu to display the Add Preset and Manage Presets options

  5. To create a Preset for Duplicated, Extended or AMD Eyefinity mode, first set up the displays in the desired mode.

            1. For instructions on configuring Duplicated or Extended Desktop modes, please refer to :  How to Configure Displays in Duplicate and Extended Modes

            2. For instructions on configuring AMD Eyefinity, please refer to KB:  Setting Up and Configuring Multiple Displays to Run in AMD Eyefinity Mode

  6. Once the displays are set up in the desired mode, click on Add Preset and give the preset a name and description in the appropriate fields and then click Save.  Here are some examples:
    Duplicated Mode
    Extended Mode
    AMD Eyefinity Mode

      
  7. Repeat steps 5 through 6 until all the desired display presets have been created


Applying Presets

All saved presets should be listed within the Preset menu.  Using the examples from the previous section, the Duplicated, Extended and AMD Eyefinity mode presets should appear as highlighted in the screenshot below:

To switch between the three different display modes, simply click on the desired display preset to apply it.

Note! The displays may flicker or generate a black screen while the preset is being applied.  This is expected behavior and may take a few seconds. The displays will return to a normal state once the changes have taken effect.

Managing Presets

Presets can be deleted and applied using the Manage Presets option.

Select Manage Presets to bring up a window displaying a list of saved presets.

To delete a saved preset, highlight the desired preset and click on Delete.  


To apply a preset, highlight the desired preset and click Apply.

To exit, click on Close.



 


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