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How To Connect Laptop To Monitor: Step By Step Guide

Have you ever wanted to connect your laptop to an external monitor? Not just for more screen real estate, but also because it’s almost impossible work on a 12-inch laptop with only one display. So, is this article going to help you do that?

Yes! This step by step guide will walk you through all the steps of connecting your laptop to an external monitor.

Step 1: Plug the monitor into a power source

You should already have one of these, but if not it’s time to go shopping! Your monitor needs to be plugged in, so it can show your laptop screen.

TIP: Depending on your specific device and its capabilities, you may need an HDMI adapter which enables you to use a standard DVI cable with the HDMI port.

Step 2: Turn on/wake up both devices (laptop and monitor)

Turn on or wake up both devices (the laptop and the monitor), even if your laptop is already turned on, don’t worry about that right now we will get there soon enough. Also make sure that they are both awake, so to speak.

As you turn on each device, look for any lights or indicators that show they are operating correctly. For example, your monitor might have a light that comes on when it’s connected to power and active. You might also see a light or icon on your laptop letting you know it has detected the external display.

TIP: Sometimes your laptop will automatically wake up the screen in its display settings menu- but not always, especially if it is running Windows 8 or 10! Check there first if things don’t seem to be working right away when you attach the external track. Second check in Settings > Display in Windows 10 > Advanced settings where “When connecting an external display” should say “Extend desktop” or “Duplicate”.

Step 3: Use an adapter to connect the extra cable. (If needed)

You can either use a DVI to HDMI adapter (if you need to convert from DVI to HDMI), or you could use a VGA cable that matches the port on your laptop and has single RCA connectors. If neither of these is an option for you, then in most cases you will want your display in mirror mode and in portrait orientation. This mode will give you by far the best results with no scrolling necessary, but if this isn’t possible it’s not too hard to get used to scrolling vertically just like many sites are designed today. It’s worth noting that until Windows 10 came out there weren’t really very many options available, but now there are.

TIP: Make sure your laptop is set to the highest resolution it will go to before you try connecting it to an external monitor. Usually this setting is located in the display settings menu if you’re running Windows 10 or 8 . Click/touch “Change Resolution” and then click/touch whatever maximum resolution shows up on-screen. If that doesn’t work, into your driver setup for your laptop, look for a setting called something like “Maximum Display Resolution”- make sure it’s at the highest possible option.

Step 4: Switch the cable between ports (if needed)

If using an HDMI or DVI cable, most likely they won’t fit directly into the specific port on your laptop where you want to connect. You may need to switch the cable back and forth between two ports until it fits. Usually, these cables have a male end with a wider head that goes into one port, and a female end that has screw holes for screws or prongs that go into another port- this is why they don’t fit the first time you try them!

TIP: If using an HDMI adapter, make sure your display is set to “Mirror mode” before inserting the HDMI cable from your device into any of its possible slots/ports or else you won’t see anything on screen. This is because digital video doesn’t play well with analog video (the type of connection used by VGA), and HDMI is digital- so you must use mirror mode to avoid wasting time and potentially causing problems.

Sometimes you might need to plug the DVI cable into a different port on your laptop than where the VGA cable goes, or vice versa. If this isn’t possible, connect the secondary cable off of your first monitor instead (the one with USB/VGA/DVI) and flip it around so it’s facing backward towards the table. Then set this as your primary display in Windows- this will ensure that any video that appears on the laptop screen also shows up on both displays for your convenience. You can then turn off your first monitor or close its lid (which deactivates it).

Step 5: Set your display options.

If you are using mirror mode then the only thing that should be changing is to make sure your external monitor(s) are set as your primary display, but if not then you will want to set the appropriate orientation for each one, whether it requires scrolling vertically or not (if so), and whether this will simply push everything down on screen or completely flip it around. You can also change display options like color depth, refresh rate, resolution, etc- all of these things vary depending on what type of connection it is. For example, HDMI has different limitations than VGA does. An HDMI cable won’t allow 4K resolutions just like the DVI port doesn’t either though! Set both displays to whatever looks good to you.

TIP: If you’re trying to connect your laptop to a TV via HDMI, DVI, or VGA, the process is pretty much the same! The only difference is that instead of plugging into USB (if you have this option), then plug in your video connection cable into the corresponding port on your TV and away you go!

If you’re using a monitor with built-in speakers for audio output, make sure the monitor’s volume setting is turned up before attempting to play any audio from Windows Media Player or Spotify or YouTube or whatever else. And if you want sound from EVERYTHING that pops up on screen (even videos), I recommend downloading a free program called “Mute on Lock” for Windows 7. This will automatically switch your speakers to the “Mute” position whenever you lock your computer, so that if you come back to a video blaring at full volume it is easy to quickly fix.

There are some additional steps which may be required depending on whether or not your display is being displayed upside down/right-side up, what graphics card you have etc. which can be found by following this link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/how-to-use-multiple-monitors-in-windows-329c6962-5a4d-b481-7baa-bec9671f728a

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