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How to Connect a Laptop to Your TV or Large Screen Monitor

Jul 27, 2012

Tying your shoes, boiling an egg, and connecting your device to your TV? It really is the simplest things in life that are the most valuable to know. That’s why we’re breaking down the many devices you may want to connect to your big screen TV for you, or a friend to easily follow. This week, let’s connect a laptop!

hdmi adapters for TV and laptops

Cables to Connect Computer Laptops to TV

Most of your laptops will have an HDMI output, which can handle both audio and video. If you’re connecting to a new TV, it should also have an HDMI input, which means you only need the one HDMI cable to provide your connection. If not, see if there is an adapter that can provide an HDMI end, so you don’t need a second cable for your audio connection as well.

  • Apple Outputs – Those with an Apple device will likely need a display port adapter, which will allow it to connect to an HDMI cable.
  • Working with an older model TV? – You may need a RCA or HMDI to DVI adapter to connect. But trust us, HDMI is the way to go.

Getting it Just Right

Once you have chosen the correct cable for both audio and video, and connected the devices, you will have to select your input. Some monitors will pick it up automatically, others you will have to change your Source, Input, or Channel until you have chosen this new device. On your computer, you can go into your display settings, found in the Control Panel, to then mirror what is seen on your computer. You can also choose to extend your laptop display onto the TV, making it an added space. 

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