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Projector Blog: How do i get my windows laptop screen onto my projector


How to connect you Windows laptop or tablet to a projector with a cable

A wired connection is still the most reliable and best quality way to connect to a projector. It is also the quickest if you have visiting presenters there is no software to be installed just plug in a cable and away you go. Most windows laptops will have a VGA or HDMI port. Where available we recommend using HDMI.

Steps to setup a wired connection between your laptop and projector:

  • Connect the HDMI or VGA cable to the projector then the laptop/tablet.
  • Turn on your projector. Windows at this stage should recognise the connected projector.
VGA HDMI Connection
  • On your laptop press and hold down the FN key and then tap the Display Toggle key to select between viewing the display:
    - only on the laptop screen,
    - only on the projector, and viewing the display
    - on both the laptop screen and the projector.
    The Display Toggle key will vary between laptops so consult your laptop operation manual for the precise key. It will be one of the F keys on the top row should have a picture of a little monitor. While holding down the FN and the Display Toggle key down a viewing option selection box similar to below will appear. Once you have the preferred viewing option highlighted, release both the Fn and F toggle key to start using that option.
    **Some computers will struggle when showing a picture on both the projector and laptop. You can select to show the image on the projector only if you notice the laptops performance is effected.


  • Adjust the laptop output resolution to match the native resolution of your projector.
    From the Windows 7 right click on a blank desktop, click then select "Adjust Resolution". Select the projectors' native resolution this will give you the best image quality.


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