Boost Your Display: 6 Easy Ways to Connect Your Laptop to a Monitor
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Boost Your Display: 6 Easy Ways to Connect Your Laptop to a Monitor

Autonomous|Sep 30, 2022

The gamers love having a multiple screen setup that lets them improve their gaming experience by connecting their laptops with a monitor. Connecting your monitor to a laptop can be very helpful for your productivity as it gives some breather and helps you multitask while gaming. Nevertheless, this can be challenging for newbies who are unaware of how to connect the monitor to the laptop the right way.

More screens provide a more immersive experience, so people even use a docking station to connect multiple monitors to the laptop. The procedures for connecting a monitor to Mac are completely different from that of Windows. You must know which ports are available on your laptop so that you may buy the relevant adapter to connect the external monitor to the laptop. We know that you must be confused with that part and have questions like how to connect dual monitors to the laptop. That’s why we are here for you.

As you read, you will discover distinguished ways to connect an extra monitor to your laptop. We have specified the requirements for connecting a monitor to Mac and Windows 10 while mentioning their details, so read ahead to learn more. 

1. Connect Monitor to Laptop with USB

You may find a USB C port available on Windows 10. You will even need a USB-C connector if you are using Thunderbolt 3 or 4, but we will discuss that later. The USB C port allows you to connect your laptop to an HDMI. You may get it confirmed whether your laptop supports HDMI from the manufacturer if you have Windows 10.

Once you have connected your monitor to a power source and the computer, it will automatically detect a laptop in the Windows 10 setup. However, if it is not detecting, click on the start menu, go to settings, and from there, open the system tab. You will find a panel of display headers there. You will then have to click on the detect option under the multiple displays header.

If you plan to connect multiple monitors, you must know that the USB C port does not allow you to connect three or more monitors. So, you will be required to use a USB C docking station for 3 monitors to connect more monitors. You may even go for the 12–in–1 USB C hub dual monitor docking station to connect 2 monitors to the laptop. 

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2. Connect Monitor to Laptop with HDMI

The HDMI port is available both on Mac and Windows 10. You will need an HDMI cable if you plan to connect your monitor via the HDMI port. If you have extra-long HDMI cords, you must know that they are not reversible and that they have connectors labeled source and TV; you must ensure that you are plugging in the right port.

Mac automatically detects a laptop and monitor setup; however, if it doesn't, you should open the system preferences option and go to displays to select your display settings. You can even decide which arrangement of screens will be the most suitable one for you and select it under the arrangements option in Mac.

You will have to drag the boxes shown on your screen to set the screen's arrangement. You must click the mirror displays option if you wish to mirror your desktop on the second display. 

Connect Monitor to Laptop with HDMI

3. Using Displayport

Several gaming monitors support a DisplayPort instead of HDMI. The Mac laptops feature a Thunderbolt connector that you can connect to displays that support DisplayPort. The DisplayPort and HDMI look quite similar.

However, a basic difference is in the shape of these connectors. If you observe an HDMI port, both its sides are slant. On the other hand, the DisplayPort has only one side slant while the other is flat.

Once you have connected the laptop to the monitor, it will detect the monitor automatically. However, if it is not doing that, you will be required to do the same steps that we mentioned for Mac and Windows 10 for connecting the laptop via USB C or HDMI. 

Connect Monitor to Laptop with Displayport

4. Connect Monitor to Laptop Via Thunderbolt

You will find a Thunderbolt 3 or 4 on Mac laptops only. They are special USB-C connectors that allow you to connect a monitor to the laptop via DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, or VGA. Every display device does not support a port that your laptop has.

So, you may use the Thunderbolt 3 or 4 to connect with devices that support any of the ports that we mentioned above. If you have an iMac or Mac mini, you may find a port with a thunderbolt symbol on them. You will have to use these ports to connect an extra monitor to the laptop. 

Connect Monitor to Laptop Via Thunderbolt

5. Using Wireless Display Adapter

To connect your laptop to a monitor using a wireless display adapter, follow these steps:

  • Plug the wireless display adapter into the HDMI port of your monitor.
  • Connect the USB cable of the wireless display adapter to a USB port on your laptop for power.
  • Turn on the monitor and select the HDMI input that the wireless display adapter is connected to.
  • On your laptop, go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
  • Click on "Add Bluetooth or other device" and select "Wireless display or dock."
  • Your laptop will scan for available wireless displays. Select the name of your wireless display adapter when it appears.
  • Your laptop will connect to the wireless display adapter and the monitor should display your laptop screen.

Note: The exact steps may vary depending on the type of wireless display adapter you are using and the operating system of your laptop. Make sure to consult the user manual of your wireless display adapter for detailed instructions.

6. Via VGA cable

To connect your laptop to a monitor using a VGA cable, follow these steps:

  • Make sure your laptop and monitor are turned off.
  • Plug one end of the VGA cable into the VGA port on your laptop.
  • Plug the other end of the VGA cable into the VGA port on your monitor.
  • Turn on your monitor and set it to the correct input source for VGA (usually by pressing the Input or Source button on your monitor).
  • Turn on your laptop.
  • Right-click on your desktop and select "Display settings" or "Screen resolution" from the context menu.
  • In the Display settings or Screen resolution window, you should see two displays: one labeled "1" for your laptop and one labeled "2" for your monitor. Make sure the "Extend these displays" option is selected.
  • If your laptop does not automatically recognize the monitor, you may need to click on "Detect" or "Identify" to force your laptop to detect the external display.
  • Adjust the resolution and orientation of your external monitor as needed.

Note: Some laptops may require you to press a function key combination (such as Fn + F5) to switch to the external monitor. Check your laptop's user manual for specific instructions.

Bottom Line

With this, we come to the end of today's blog. We hope that you would have found this article insightful and that you have a clear idea of how to connect the monitor to the laptop. If your laptop still fails to detect the device, you should try restarting it.

Once that is done, you are all good to go. If you don’t know where to buy the best gaming monitor and its peripheries for your gaming setup, you should consider the Autonomous store.

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