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If you want to add a second monitor or replace your laptop’s screen with one with a higher definition, you will need to connect your laptop to the monitor through an external monitor cord.
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How To Connect Laptop With Monitor?
Step 1 – Connect one end of the VGA cable to your laptop’s VGA port and the other end to the monitor. [In some cases, you’ll need a special adapter in order to use an older monitor with a newer computer.]
Step 2 – Use a cable that matches your needs: HDMI/DVI/VGA. [In some cases, you’ll need a special adapter in order to use an older monitor with a newer computer.]
Step 3 – Turn on your Monitor and adjust its settings if needed.
Step 4 – On your laptop, right-click the desktop and select “Graphics Properties” from the drop-down menu. Choose the option “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor” and click OK.
Step 5 – Click your laptop screen with your mouse cursor to bring up the control bar at the screen’s bottom and then right-click your mouse again to open a drop-down menu.
Select ‘Display settings.’ The Display settings window will display the information about the connected monitors. If you don’t see your external monitor displayed on this screen, make sure it is turned on and is plugged in properly to your laptop.
Step 6 – Now, you can use both screens with one mouse or move an application from one screen to another. If the monitor turns off, click on your desktop and go to “Adjust screen resolution” under Graphics Properties. Click the monitors you’d like to use, then choose either Duplicate or Extend.
Steps For Adding A Second Monitor
1- Find the external ports for input on your Laptop and the monitor (example: VGA)
2- Plug one end of a matching cord into an external port on each device
3- Connect the other ends of the cables into each of the devices (note: there is usually input for two monitors)
4- Turn on both devices and adjust display settings to fit your preference. These settings will depend on how the external cord is plugged into each device.
Steps For Replacing Your Laptop’s Screen
1- Find the external ports for input on your laptop and the monitor (example: VGA)
2- Plug one end of a matching cord into an external port on each device (note: if your laptop has built-in speakers, you can plug them into the monitor as well)
3- Connect the other ends of the cables into each of the devices (note: for replacing your laptop’s screen without sound, you should also buy a video converter if the replacement monitor and laptop do not match. This converter will allow you to use different types of ports, such as VGA and HDMI)
4- Turn on both devices and adjust display settings to fit your preference. These settings will depend on how the external cord is plugged into each device (note: if you observe a difference in quality between the laptop screen and replacement monitor, you should calibrate it, so it looks similar)
5- The replacement monitor should automatically turn on whenever you start your laptop (note: if you want to use the laptop screen again, follow steps 1-3 and 4 to disable your replacement monitor)