Connecting a laptop to a projector is simple:
when you want to display images. Ensure that you connect using the right ports.
- Put off the projector and the laptop.
- Connect the monitor cable to the video output port on your laptop and the corresponding video input on the projector. Depending on the ports on the projector and the laptop, you need DVI, VGA, or HDMI cable to connect the two devices.
- Put on the projector and turn on the notebook. Let the notebook boot into windows and login with your username and password if needed. When the laptop displays the desktop screen, the image on the notebook may or may not display on the screen automatically.
- Press the right function keys on the laptop keyboard if the desktop display does not appear on the projector screen. Check the documentation of the laptop for the right key combination. You can press ‘fn’ key and a function key on the top row of the keyboard with two small monitor icon to toggle the display between the projector and the laptop.
- Position the projector to face the wall or screen where you want to display photos from the laptop. Adjust the focus ring on the projector and sharpen the display as desired.
- Press the windows + p on the laptop keyboard and then click extend in the display switch popup window. A blank windows screen will appear on the projector display.
- Click start on the computer. Browse to open the folder that has the images that you want to display on the projector screen. Double click the first image filename in the folder and open to view it windows photo viewer.
- Click the play button on the windows photo viewer on the navigation bar. The photo opens in full-screen mode, and the slide show will start. As the photo opens in the full screen mode on your laptop screen, right-click anywhere on the photo and click pause.
- Press the shift windows right arrow keys at the same time. The full screen mode image transfers to the projector display and will not appear on the laptop screen.
- Right click the image and click play. After every few seconds, the windows photo viewer will display the next image from the folder on the projector. Press the ‘ESC’ key after displaying all the images that you want from the selected folder and return to windows photo viewer to normal window mode and stop the slide show.
- The older projectors and laptops have the VGA ports only, while the latest models have HDMI or DVI connectors. The VGA ports are blue, and the DVI ports are white. Some of the high-end laptops and HD projectors have HDMI ports that look like large USB ports for connection.
- If the projector fails to project the laptop after following the above instructions, check all connections to be sure that they are plugged in well. And then try to switch the display again.