How to use my laptop as a monitor for my desktop? my laptop does have an hdmi in port

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Connecting your laptop or desktop computer khổng lồ an external monitor is quite simple & requires just a few steps. Moreover, purchasing an extra monitor is very affordable today & can make your work easier running multiple displays.

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However, before purchasing an extra monitor, it is best khổng lồ know what your computer is able khổng lồ connect to. It is advisable to lớn take a look at the back và on the sides in case of a máy tính xách tay and see the ports that you have. Most computers have the VGA, DVI và HDMI connection ports with some laptops coming with thunderbolt, USB ports và an HDMI adapter only. So, for example, if your monitor has a vga connection, và so does your computer, then use a vga cable to connect the two. If it has HDMI, then use an HDMI cable khổng lồ connect the monitor lớn the HDMI port on the computer. The same applies to any port and cable you may have.

In this article, we are going to lớn talk about connectors and adapters that you can use lớn connect your computer to multiple displays, how khổng lồ make the connection and how khổng lồ configure the display settings khổng lồ work well for you.

Cables, connectors và adapters

There are different types of cables or adapters that can be used khổng lồ make the screen connections. They include:

Mini HDMI cables: The Mini has a smaller connector & is easily used for smaller sized ports found on DSLR cameras, high-definition camcorders & standard sized tablets. The image below shows a mini to lớn standard cable.

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How lớn decide on the right connector

In most cases, you might be limited by the available ports that your PC has. However, this should not really be a big problem since it is possible to lớn convert some of these cables into the others. One good example is the DVI & HDMI connectors that can be converted using an adapter.

Depending on what you would like to transmit khổng lồ the external display, you can get the right cable for the job. If you want to transmit just the video, then you can use any of the cables above. However, if you would like to transmit audio as well, it is very important to lưu ý that the HDMI cable will be the best to lớn use. For a high unique display, the HDMI & DVI cables will be much better to lớn use compared khổng lồ the đồ họa cable.


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Making the connection on a Windows máy vi tính or computer

If you have been operating with a single display on your computer but want to lớn have multiple displays, making the connection should be very easy. Follow these steps to connect a extra monitor to a Windows computer or laptop.

Check the connections

The first basic step would be to lớn find out the type of a cable that you need. Most modern computers have different ports, among them the HDMI, USB Type-C, VGA và DVI ports. If you get an đầu ra on the computer that matches an input on the monitor, then you are good to lớn go. In a situation where the output does not have a matching đầu vào on the monitor, then you can easily get an adapter that will help you convert the output.

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Duplicate or extended

After getting the right cable for your connection, plug it into the computer and then the monitor. This is straightforward if you are using a Windows Operating System. On Windows 8 or the later versions, simply press WIN+P. This will xuất hiện up an options menu on the right hand side of the screen.

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Since you are making this connection for work, the best option would be the “Extend” option. The extend option allows you lớn spread the whole desktop over the two displays. You will easily drag different windows from one display khổng lồ the other. However, if you are making this connection khổng lồ make a presentation or maybe watch a video, you can use the “Second Screen Only” or the “Duplicate” options. The Duplicate option will show exactly the same thing on both of the screens while the Second Screen Only option will shut down the display on the first screen.

Windows 7 users can vì the same by right clicking on the desktop and then selecting “Screen resolution.” Then from the drop down thực đơn on Multiple Displays, select “Extend these displays,” click “OK” then “Apply.”

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Fine tuning

Windows positions the first screen on the left with the new one going to the right by default. This means that you will move the cursor from the right hand side of the screen in order lớn get lớn the new monitor. In case you find yourself running it the other way round, then you will need khổng lồ make an adjustment. This can be done by:

Right click on the Windows desktop and select “Screen resolution.” lưu ý that the settings are slightly different in different versions of Windows. In Windows 10, this option will be shown as Display Settings.A dialog box appears with the screen images. Click và drag the screen images until you get them lớn their correct positions.You can click on the “Identify” button on the right hand side of the screen images to lớn show you which screen is 1 và which is 2.

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Windows does not simply restrict a computer user khổng lồ just the right và left positions. You can have an arrangement such that the new display sits below or above the other one. You can also have the positions of the screens fine tuned so that items that might span both the screens can be matched up.


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Making the connection on an Apple máy tính or computer

On an táo bị cắn dở computer, the process is simply the same for the connectors. When you have the external monitor thiết đặt and switched on, simply connect it to your computer using the right cable. The computer will detect the external monitor automatically. From here, you can change khổng lồ your display preferences by going to lớn the Display Settings pane from System Preferences. In a situation where your monitor is not automatically detected, you can click on “Detect Displays” from the Display Settings pane và it will be detected.

Further information on connecting a monitor khổng lồ a máy tính xách tay or computer

If you find yourself in a situation where you have a mixture of the ports for the cables above, such as HDMI and DVI or VGA và DVI, vì chưng not give up on using multiple monitors. You can still connect using a dual personality cable such as DVI to lớn HDMI or use a converter.

Most modern laptops come with a USB Type-C port, which carries data, videos and can also be used khổng lồ charge the laptop. An example is the older versions of the hãng apple MacBook máy vi tính which has one USB Type-C port which is used for everything. In such a situation, you will need to showroom an adapter so that you can connect lớn another monitor.


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June 6, 2018in Tutorials