How do I connect my laptop to a external monitor?

Are you striving to enhance your workspace configuration by adding an external monitor to your laptop? Our comprehensive guide provides step-by-step instructions to guide you through this process.

How do I Get my Laptop to Display on an External Monitor?

First, ensure you've procured the requisite connections—usually HDMI or Display Port connectors. To ensure your external monitor is powered on, switch on your laptop.

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You'll typically find a specific combination on your laptop keyboard to activate your external monitor access. In many cases, this involves pressing the FN key (usually located next to the Ctrl or Alt key) in conjunction with either F4 or F5. Here's a quick list of steps to follow:

  • Obtain the necessary HDMI or Display Port connectors
  • Ensure your external monitor is switched on
  • Boot up your laptop
  • Press the FN key (usually next to the Ctl or Alt key) and either F4 or F5 simultaneously. To learn more, you can view our Ergonomic Laptop & Monitor Setups For Your WFH Desk guide.

How do you Connect a Monitor to a Laptop and Use Both Screens?

Utilising an extended display is an excellent way to enhance productivity. The laptop settings should offer an option for showing the same image on both your laptop screen and external monitor or extending the laptop's desktop to the monitor.

By doing so, you can drag and drop items between the two. One effective method is to setup two laptops together to enhance productivity.

How do I Share My Laptop Screen with an External Monitor?

One can also share the laptop screen with an external monitor. This involves adjusting the screen settings on your laptop, typically located in the display or appearance drop-down menu.

This process encompasses selecting the 'duplicate' or 'extend' screen options to mirror your laptop’s display to your external display device using strategies discussed in our guide on using 2 laptops as dual monitors. Consult your user manual or seek online sources such as the official Windows or Apple support pages.

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Why is My Laptop Not Connecting to the External Monitor?

Remember, connectivity issues could be attributed to a few reasons. Check if your cable connecting to the monitor is secure or consider replacing it – a faulty cable could be the culprit.

Also, ascertain that the input source chosen on the external monitor is the same as the connector/cable being used. A look at our multiple screens setup guide may offer further insightful solutions.


In summary, connecting your laptop to an external monitor not only stimulates productivity but also enhances the overall user experience. Evade connectivity issues by securing your connections, using optimal cables, and verifying your device’s input sources. By carefully following our clear and concise guide, you’ll soon be a pro at connecting your laptop to an external monitor.

Remember, Desky is always here to make your office ergonomics journey smooth and efficient.

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