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    How to Connect a Laptop to a Monitor

    During some kind of presentation on a personal event such as birthday, graduation party or wedding or even a professional event where we usually need to connect an external monitor with the laptop or computer to display our presentation. The article will give briefs instructions about connecting an external monitor with the windows or the mac laptop computer.

    Connecting the Monitor

    • Determine the laptop’s video output options: Usually, laptops have a single display connection on the back, though some may be located on the sides of the laptop. The major three types of connection are-
    • Windows
    • HDMI
    • DisplayPort
    • VGA or DVI
    • MAC
      • Thunderbolt 3
      • HDMI
      • Mini DisplayPort
    • Determine what your monitor’s video input option: computer monitors usually come with only one input option, VGA or DVI cable connection. Whereas, TV monitors have multiple input options such as HDMI and DisplayPort.
    • Now attach the cable to the video output of your laptop.
    • Connect the other end of the cable to the monitor. If it requires a different type of connection like you may need an adapter cable to connect to your monitor as a bridge between two types of cables. Example- a VGA-to-HDMI adapter to allow you to connect with a VGA cable on one end, and an HDMI cable on the other.
      • Common Adapter Cables are
        • HDMI to DisplayPort.
        • DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort to HDMI.
        • Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort
        • USB-C to HDMI or DisplayPort
        • VGA to HDMI
        • DVI to HDMI
    • Now plug in the monitor to a power source and switch it on.
    • Select the video source on the monitor.
    • Now, wait for your laptop screen to appear on the monitor.

    Detecting a Display in Windows

    • Click the windows icon in the down-right corner of your screen.
    • Now the list of apps and tiles will appear, click the gear icon for settings which is just above the power icon in the down-right corner of your screen.
    • Click “System” the first option of the “Windows Settings” page.
    • Click “Display” the first option of the left side column under the System.
    • Scroll down to display setting page on the right side and click “Detect” below “Multiple Displays” now this will detect your displays.

    Detecting a Display in macOS

    • Click the apple icon from the top menu bar.
    • Click “System Preferences” from the options that have appeared.
    • Now click “Displays” from the system preferences window that appeared.
    • A new window will open. Now press and hold the “Options” button from the keyboard. It will make the “Detect Displays” button appear in the display window.
    • Click “Detect Displays” button appeared in the lowest-right corner of the display window

    Adjusting Display Settings on Window

    • Click the windows icon in the down-right corner of your screen.
    • Now the list of apps and tiles will appear, click the gear icon for settings which is just above the power icon in the down-right corner of your screen.
    • Click “System” the first option of the “Windows Settings” page.
    • Click “Display” the first option of the left side column under the System.
    • Scroll down to the Multiple Displays section on the right side and click the “Multiple Displays” drop-down box.
    • Now a list of options will appear. Click any option according to your preference.
    • Duplicate these displays shows the exact replica of your laptop’s screen contents on the monitor.
    • Extend these displays using monitor as a continuation screen, this option will enable the display to disappear from your laptop screen and appear on the monitor.
    • Show only on 1 only show your laptop’s content on your laptop. This turns off the monitor screen.
    • Show only on 2 only show your laptop screen’s content on the monitor screen and turns off the laptop’s screen.

    Adjusting Display Settings on Mac

    • Click the apple icon from the top menu bar.
    • Click “System Preferences” from the options that have appeared.
    • Now click “Displays” from the system preferences window that appeared.
    • Now a “Display” window will appear, click the “Display” tab of that window.
    • Change the monitor resolution by checking the “Scaled” box and then set a resolution.
    • Try selecting a resolution that is higher than your monitor’s built-in resolution.
    • Change the screen scaling by moving your “Underscan” arrow to the left for showing more of your mac screen or to the right to zoom in your mac’s screen to display in the monitor display.

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