How to Use A Laptop as A Monitor

In this article, we will teach you how to use your laptop as a monitor or second screen. 

As known, laptops are portable, they allow you to work freely and flexibly wherever you like. But when you’re sitting at a desk, or don’t have another display device available, most people ignore the fact you can use your laptop as a monitor.

Extending your laptop’s display across multiple monitors can boost your productivity. You can view multiple web pages or cross-reference a document with ease, without flicking between loads of tabs. Rather than simply mirroring your laptop’s screen on the monitor, extending, it means you can use both screens to show different apps and content.

You can also use your laptop to extend a desktop’s display or act as another monitor. Although It’s a complicated process, as your laptop outputs its display only, and isn’t really designed to output the display of another device, like your TV for example. That doesn’t mean that it’s not possible. Keep reading this article to know how to extend your laptop display.

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How To Extend Your Laptop Display 

Below are ways to extend your laptop display, keep reading to find out more.

1. How To Extend Your Laptop Display On Windows 10

You might need a HDMI cable, DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort or include a docking station for your laptop, so finding the right cable for your needs and plug it into your monitor is necessary. Then follow this steps below.

Open ‘Settings > Settings > Display Or right-click on your desktop and click ‘Display Settings’ or use the shortcut ‘Windows key + P’ to switch between display modes quickly. 

You should see two or more numbered screens under the ‘Select and rearrange displays” section once your laptop connected to your monitor successfully. If not, click ‘Detect’ to force Windows to search for another display. 

If you’re not sure of the screen display, click ‘Identify’ and a number will pop up to signify each display. You can also rearrange your displays to suit your preference, just make sure you click ‘Apply’ once you’re done.

Scroll down to ‘Multiple displays, click the dropdown. From here, you can choose from a variety of options, but the ones that we’re focusing on is ‘Extend these displays’. Choose it to expand your display across multiple screens, then select which screen you will like to make as your main display. 

2. How To Extend Your Laptop Display On MacOS

The first thing to do is to confirm if your Macbook needs an adaptor. Once you’ve picked the right cable for the job, plug it into your monitor and move onto the next step.

Then Head to the Apple menu and click ‘System Preferences > Displays > click the ‘Arrangement’ tab. Deselect the Mirror display box and then arrange your displays by dragging them to your desired position. To set a different display as the primary display, simply drag the menu bar to the screen you will like to use.

How To Use Your It As A Monitor

Go to ‘Settings > System > Projecting to this PC’. Change the first drop down menu to ‘Available everywhere on secure networks’ and configure the other settings to your liking. After that Head back to your desktop PC and click on the ‘Action Center’ icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the taskbar.

Click on ‘Connect’, and when the laptop appears that you’d like to use, select it. Then accept the connection request on the laptop, and type in a pin if you choose that option. After you done, right-click on your desktop and select ‘Desktop Settings’. In the display menu, select ‘Extend desktop to this display’. You can then rearrange your desktop and laptop display however you like. 

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Stella Taylor
Stella Temidayo Taylor is a staff writer for Novabach, she is a content writer with years of experience and has written for many websites on a different niche such as Entertainment, Politics, Lifestyle, Health, Business, Technology and well experienced in journalism.

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