Lifehack: This is how you connect a monitor to your laptop | Tech

Lifehack: This is how you connect a monitor to your laptop | Tech
Lifehack: This is how you connect a monitor to your laptop | Tech

We are getting used to working from home, but some extra space is not a luxury. With this tip you can connect a monitor to your laptop.

By Erik Nusselder

Sitting bent over in front of your laptop is not so good for your back and neck. If you work at home a lot and only have a laptop at your disposal, it is recommended to connect a monitor and sit behind a desk.

The biggest problem with connecting a monitor is figuring out the right cables. Especially if you have an older laptop, it can be a hassle. Old connections in order of poor quality to better: VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.

It is important to look at the weakest link. For example, if your laptop only has a VGA connection, it will determine how strong the signal is, regardless of whether your monitor has a better connection. Find cables that match, or possibly buy an adapter that runs from one cable to the other.

USB-C becomes the new standard

A different story applies to new equipment. Modern laptops are getting slimmer and lighter, and have as few ports as possible. HDMI ports are hardly installed anymore, because we are moving to a new standard: the USB-C connection.

You probably already know that for charging your laptop or phone, but the latest generation can do much more. Nowadays USB-C can also transfer image and sound, so that in the future you will only need one type of cable.

If you buy a new monitor now, you can also opt for one with such a port. You then only have to plug the USB-C cable into your laptop and monitor. Whether the USB-C port of your laptop can handle this is unfortunately not visible from the outside. You should try it out or look up your device’s specs. If your monitor is not ready for it yet, you also have to purchase an adapter from USB-C to, for example, HDMI.

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Set everything up properly on your laptop

If you have connected the correct cables, you still need to set up the display. Your laptop does not automatically know what to do with that extra monitor. For this you have to dive into the display settings of your laptop. On Windows laptops, pressing Windows key + P opens a shortcut menu to control this.

With ‘Extend’, the monitor becomes a kind of extension of your laptop. You can then put both screens side by side and move the mouse from one to the other. If you want to completely replace your laptop with your monitor, choose ‘Duplicate’ or ‘Second screen only’. With the second option, you can now close your laptop and continue working on your screen.

A Mac is a bit better at automatically recognizing a new monitor. On new laptops, you can probably get started right away if you have connected the display.

If you want to set exactly what the monitor is used for, go to ‘System Preferences’ and open the ‘Displays’ menu. Here you can determine the position of your monitors in a kind of puzzle.

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