Adding an external monitor to your laptop can give you the extra screen real estate you need to get work done, or simply allow you to enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows on a larger display. While most laptops come with the necessary ports to support an external monitor, there are a few things you’ll need to do to get everything set up and working properly.
First, you’ll need to identify an available port on your laptop. The most common type of port for connecting an external monitor is HDMI, so if you see an HDMI port on your laptop, that’s the one you’ll want to use. If you’re not sure which port is which, consult your laptop’s documentation or do a quick Google search for the make and model of your laptop. Once you’ve found the port you’ll be using, go ahead and connect your monitor to it using an HDMI cable.
If you’re using a VGA port, you’ll need to use a VGA cable instead. Once the cable is connected, you should see your laptop’s display appear on the external monitor. If not, you may need to adjust your laptop’s display settings. On a Windows PC, you can do this by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting “Display Settings.” From there, you can select your external monitor from the “Multiple Displays” drop-down menu and choose how you want your displays to be arranged.
On a Mac, you can adjust your display settings by going to the “System Preferences” menu and selecting “Displays.” From there, you can select your external monitor from the “Detect Displays” drop-down menu and choose how you want your displays to be arranged.
Once you’ve got your displays arranged the way you want them, you should be all set! If you have any trouble getting everything to work, consult your laptop’s documentation or the documentation for your external monitor.