Laptop Video Input


How do I connect my laptop to a monitor?

Laptops allow you to multitask with ease. They are portable and lightweight. However, you can increase your productivity by using more inches to accomplish the same task.

Multitasking will be easier with the extra space. You can also connect your laptop to the Monitor to split the screen. This allows you to watch the movie on the monitor and tweet on your laptop screen simultaneously.

Besides knowing the steps for making the connection, you should have good knowledge about the resolution and then setting the orientation of both the laptop and the Monitor.

Isn’t this cool? This article will explain how to connect your laptop to the Monitor.

Recommended steps for connecting laptop to a monitor

Step 1.

Determine the video output options of your laptop

The majority of laptops have a single display connector. It is worth checking the video output options on your laptop before you buy. The same video output option can be used in Windows or Mac.



The HDMI port is similar to the 3/4-inch port and is compatible with most Windows laptops. The Display port is similar to HDMI but the corner is crimped while the other forms an angle of 90 degrees. The VGA port has 15 houses, while the DPI one comes with 24 holes.


Thunderbolt 3/3 USB-C is an oval port that’s available on all modern MacBooks. MacBooks also have an exclusive HDMI six-sided tapered port. Mini DisplayPort is another.


Step 2.

Determine the video input of your Monitor

The new simple monitors will only have one input, while the TV monitors will have multiple inputs. The HDMI (or display port) input can be found on the backside of your monitors. If you have an older model of the monitors, you’ll find the VGA (or DVA) cable connection.

Step 3.

Establishing the connection

You can now connect the cable to your laptop’s video output. Match the shape of your laptop’s output port to the connector on the video cable. After that, insert the cable.

After that, connect the other end to the Monitor. Match the shape of the cable with the port on the Monitor, and then insert it.

If your Monitor has a different connection to your laptop, you’ll need an adaptor cable. These adapters are used to bridge the two cables.

The standard adaptor cables are as follows.

  • HDMI-to-DisplayPort.
  • DisplayPort (/ Mini DisplayPort)-to-HDMI.
  • VGA-to-HDMI.
  • DVI-to-HDMI.
  • Mini DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort.
  • USB-C-to-HDMI (/ DisplayPort).

Step 4.

Turn on the Monitor

Turn on the Monitor by clicking the Plugin button. Now attach the Monitor to a power source>>press on the Power button.

Step 5.

Select the video source on the Monitor

Once you have the Monitor with multiple inputs, select the port connected to a laptop to the Monitor.

To select the source of your video, click the “Input” or “Source” buttons. Or click the “Video Select” button.

Step 6.

Connect the devices

Wait for your laptop’s screen to show up on the Monitor. Once you see the icons on the screen you can set up the display settings for your laptop.

Summing it up


It is easy to connect your laptop and external monitor. These are the steps and requirements to build such a setup. You can now use the screen as you prefer and have more space to multitask.

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