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How to Connect a Laptop to a Monitor

Connecting a laptop to a monitor allows you to have a large outlook of the work on your laptop. Connecting the laptop with a monitor can help you enjoy watching a movie found in your laptop. The screen of a laptop is smaller and it may not give you a good view of the movie or the work you are doing on your laptop. The process of connecting a laptop to a monitor is not difficult and it does not require you to have any technical skills to do so. All laptops have a VGA port or a DVI port. The VGA port has 15 pins while the DVI port has 24 pins, either if these ports can be used to connect a laptop to an external monitor.

Steps to Connect a Laptop to a Monitor

There are several steps involved when connecting your laptop to a monitor. To get stared with connecting your laptop to a monitor, you will need a DVI or VGA video cable. You may also need a VGA-to-DVI or DVI-to-VGA adapter depending on the laptop and external monitor ports you are using.

Step 1

Connect the DVI or VGA cable to the back of your external monitor and tighten the connector screws on the cable.

Step 2

Connect the other end of the DVI or VGA cable to the laptop’s video port and tighten the connector screws. If the laptop’s video port is different from the cable’s connector, you’ll need a VGA to DVI or a DVI to VGA adapter to convert VGA to DVI, or vice versa. If you are using the adapter, connect the end of the DVI or VGA cable to the adapter and connect the adapter to the laptop’s video port and securely tighten the two connector screws on the cable and adapter.

Step 3

Connect the monitor’s power cable to the power source and turn on your laptop.

Step 4

The Windows will automatically recognize the new monitor. Right click on an empty area on the desktop and select screen resolution.

Step 5

Select the multiple display drop-down menu and choose your preferred arrangement. There are several arrangements that are available for you to choose from. You can choose “Duplicate These Displays”, Extend These Displays” or “Show Desktop Only on single screen”.  “Duplicate These Displays” arrangement mirrors your desktop on the external monitor while the “Extend These Displays” creates one large desktop across both screens. If you do not need to adjust your arrangement, you can press “Win-P” repeatedly until your preferred arrangement is highlighted.

Step 6

Click and drag the monitor graphics to match your extended desktop’s physical arrangement. Doing this allows a natural mouse movement that imitates your physical arrangement. Click ‘Apply’ to apply the arrangement then click ok.

You can now enjoy watching a movie from your laptop on the bigger monitor screen. The process is that simple, there are no tools needed for the process, you only need to have your laptop, an external monitor and the VGA or DVI cable. With those three items, you can easily connect your laptop to your monitor.

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