This Article will show you how to use your laptop as a monitor or second screen. Laptops are portable, permitting you to work freely and flexibly wherever you like. But when you are sitting at a desk, or you don not have another accessible display device, most people overlook the actuality that you can employ your laptop as a monitor.

The simplest option is to broaden your laptop’s display across multiple monitors, which is a significant way to boost your productivity. You can view various web pages or cross reference a document with ease, without flipping between loads of tabs.

Instead of simply mirroring your laptop’s screen on the monitor, by extending it, it means you can use the two screens to display different apps and content.

On the other hand, you can use your laptop to extend a desktop’s display or act as another monitor. It’s a slightly more complex 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 does not mean that it can not be done.


1. Laptop display extention on Windows 10

Laptop as a Monitor

Firstly, you will need to get the relevant display cable for your laptop so you can hook it up to a monitor. Your laptop might use a HDMI cable, DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort or encompass a docking station, so look for the right cable for your needs and plug it into your monitor.

Once that is done, Goto ‘Settings > System > Display’. You can aswell right-click on your desktop and click ‘Display Settings’. 

If your laptop has been connected to your monitor successfully using the cable, you should see two or more numbered screens under the ‘Select and rearrange displays” section. If not, click ‘Detect’ to pressurize Windows to search for another display. 

If you are not sure which screen is to be choose, click ‘Identify’ and a number will pop up to signify each display. You can as well re-arrange your displays to suit your preference, just be sure you click ‘Apply’ once you are done.

Scroll down to ‘Multiple displays’ and click the drop down. From here, you can choose from a diversity of alternative, but the ones that we are focusing on is ‘Extend these displays’. choose it to expand your display across multiple screens, then tick the screen you would like to use as your main display. 

That is it! You can now work across numerous screens on your Windows 10 laptop.

2. The way to extend your laptop display on Mac Operating System

If you want to connect another display to your Macintosh Book, first inspect the ports on your device to determine whether you will need an adapter. immediately you have picked the right cable, plug it into your monitor and goto the next step.

Go straight to the Apple menu and click ‘System Preferences > Displays’ and select ‘Arrangement’ tab. Uncheck the box for Mirror Displays if its already selected, now arrange your displays by dragging them to the position you desire. To set a different display as the major display, simply drw the menu bar to the screen you would like to use.

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The way to use your laptop as a monitor

laptop as a monitor

This time around, we are going to presume that you want to use your laptop as a monitor to display your Windows 10 desktop.

Goto ‘Settings on your computer then choose System > Projecting to this PC’. Change the first drop down menu to ‘Available everywhere on secure networks’ and pattern the other settings to what you like. Once that is done go back to your desktop Personal Computer and click on the ‘Action Center’ icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the taskbar.

Select ‘Connect’, when the laptop you would like to use appears, choose it. Accept the connection request on the laptop, then type in a pin incase you select that option. 

After doing this, right-click on your desktop and choose ‘Desktop Settings’. In the display menu, be sure you choose ‘Extend desktop to this display’. You can then rearrange your desktop and laptop display which ever way you like. 

Raphael Whitney

I am a Web Developer and a Designer, I have B.Sc in Computer science, Diploma in web development and Graphic Design. I have 5 years+ commercial experience providing Graphic designs, web development, producing high quality responsive websites and exceptional user experience.

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