So, in this article, I’m going to show you how to connect a projector to a computer or laptop running Windows 10.
Steps to connect your computer to a projector
In this guide, we’re going to cover the following instances:
- Connect your Windows 10 PC to a projector (old Windows 10 versions)
- Connect a projector to a Windows 10 April/ October Update PC
- Connect a laptop to a projector using HDMI to VGA cable
- Connect your computer to a projector on Bluetooth
To be able to connect a projector to your computer, it has to have two video ports (otherwise, connect it instead of your regular monitor). And these ports must match projector’s ports. This shouldn’t be a problem if your PC, or projector are not older than two or three years.
After you connect your projector to your computer, you need to perform a couple of tweaks in the Settings app.
1. How to connect your projector to a Windows 10 computer
- Go to Start Menu, open Settings and go to System
- Under Display, click Advanced display settings
- Drag and drop the onscreen computer screens to the right or left until they match the physical placement of the real computer screens
- Choose your main display
- Now you should set what your projector is going to show. You do that by adjusting the Orientation settings and Multiple displays settings. Here are the available options:
- Duplicate These Displays: This option shows the exact same image on your regular monitor and on the projected screen
- Extend These Displays: This option stretches Windows to fit across both screens
- Show only on 1: Choose this before you’re ready to show off your presentation. Then switch to Duplicate These Displays
- Show Only on 2: Choose this to show only the second display, which is useful when hooking up a tablet to a TV for watching movies in a dark room
- Click Apply to save your settings
If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.
2. How to connect a projector to a Windows 10 April/ October Update PC
Connecting your PC to a projector is a lot simpler in some Windows 10 OS versions, such as the April Update or the October Update. Microsoft added a dedicated Settings section to this task, allowing users to quickly connect a projector to their PCs.
Here’s how to do that:
- Go to Settings > System > select Display
- Click on ‘Connect to a wireless display‘
- A new window will appear on the right side of the screen displaying all the projectors found.
- Select the projector that you want to connect to and you’re done.
It is worth mentioning that you don’t need a cable to connect your Windows 10 computer to a projector. If both devices support Miracast, you can simply select the option ‘Connect to a wireless display’ choose a projector and then the projector will mirror your computer’s screen.
Speaking of Miracast, we have dedicated a series of articles to this tool. Check them out to better understand what Miracast is, how to use it and how to fix various issues that may occur during usage:
- How to check if your Windows PC supports the Miracast standard
- How to setup and use Miracast on Windows 10 PC
- How to fix common Miracast issues on PC
- Fixed: Miracast not working on Windows 10
3. How to connect a laptop to a projector using HDMI to VGA cable
What if the technical configuration available forces you to connect your computer to a projector using a HDMI to VGA cable? How do you connect a laptop that has no VGA port to a projector?
If one of your devices has an HDMI port, while the other sports only a VGA port, then you’ll need a HDMI to VGA converter so that you can connect your laptop to your projector.
Connect the converter to your laptop, and then connect the projector to the converter and you’re done.
If you don’t have a HDMI to VGA cable, you can buy one from Amazon. We recommend you the Cable Matters Active HDMI to VGA adapter which is available for only $14.99.
That’s it, you now know how to connect and adjust your projector and Windows 10 computer, and you can get ready for the presentation. If you have any comments or suggestions, reach for the comments section, below.
If you are affected by other similar problems, here are some more potential fixes we’re suggesting:
- Fix: Unable to Display to a VGA Projector in Windows 10
- Fix ‘Your PC Cannot Project to Another screen’ on Windows 8.1
- Fix: Windows 10 Can’t Detect the Second Monitor
4. Connect your computer to a projector on Bluetooth
Of course, if both your computer and projector support Bluetooth technology, you can also use this method to connect the two.
- Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth and other devices
- Select the option ‘ Add Bluetooth or other device’
- Select your projector and follow the on-screen instructions to link the two.
Alright, so this is how you can get your computer to display on a projector and also fix potential issues along the way.
If you have any more suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in August 2015 and was revamped and updated in July 2019 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.