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Connect your laptop to an external display

Many laptops have connections that allow you to hook up your PC to another display, doubling your screen real estate

Obviously, the main screen for working with your laptop is the one it has built-in, but there’s more than one way to display what’s on the screen. Many laptops have connections that allow you to hook up your PC to another display.

Perhaps the most popular use for an external display is to connect it to a larger LCD monitor when you’re in a home or office setting. This allows you to have a large screen when you’re at home, but retain the portability of a laptop. You can then either use just the larger screen or have the laptop screen extend on to your desktop LCD giving you more screen space.

For larger screens there are two further options. Projectors are great for providing maximum impact for your presentations or giving you a truly cinematic experience with movies. The option to connect your laptop to a traditional large screen TV is now also available thanks to the popularity of HDMI.

Some projectors and smart televisions will also allow you to display what’s on your laptop screen wirelessly – this is still a minority option and often requires a specific brand of television and application, but it’s a great way of removing one more set of cables.

You’ll need to check which video connector your laptop has before narrowing down your options. VGA and DVI are popular for external monitors and projectors, though more and more the HDMI connector is on option too. The different resolutions of LCD monitors, projectors and TV screens can cause some confusion, but the Windows Display control panel lets you see what options are available. 

Visit the Dell Tech Zone for more advice on family computing.

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