How to Use TV as a Second Monitor for your Windows and Mac?

Most of the modern HD TVs are featured with HDMI inputs, and some older HD TVs have DVI inputs instead. You may need a special cable called HDMI cable or any other depending on what type of input-output ports you are using. After you successfully connect your Windows or Mac PC to your TV via suitable cable, you can change your computer’s display settings to use your TV as a second monitor. Here we have got some solutions to help you in doing so.

How to change the display settings on windows?

To change the display settings on Windows follow the instructions mentioned below:

  1. Go to the Windows start button and tap on the Window logo. And the start menu will open.
  2. Tap on the Settings option, located in the lower left side of the menu.
  3. Then tap on System option. You will see it in the Settings window.
  4. Now you will need to tap on the Display tab, which is present on the left side of the Display window.
  5. And you will have to scroll down to the Multiple Displays section. You will find it near the bottom of the page.
  6. Now tap on the Multiple Displays drop-down box.
  7. Then you will see an option named as Extent These Displays, click it.
  8. After you click the Extent These Displays option, your TV’s screen will act as a continuation of your computer’s screen.
  9. Here you will be able to use your extended TV display. When you start moving your PC’s mouse all the way to the right edge of your computer, it will also move the mouse onto your PC’s screen. And there you can start using the computer as usual.

Note: Any content of the screen of your PC will remain as it was before you extended the display.

How to change Display Settings on Mac?

To change the display settings on your Mac follow the instructions mentioned below:

  1. Firstly you need to open the Apple menu by clicking the Apple logo in the top left corner of your PC screen.
  2. Tap on the System Preferences option, located in the top of the drop-down menu. After you do so, it will open the System Preferences window.
  3. Tap on the Displays option, you will find it in the middle of the System Preferences window.
  4. Tap on the Displays tab in the upper left side of the window.
  5. Now you need to change the TV’s resolution.
  6. First of all, check the Scaled box and tap on the resolution option.

Note: You need to use the resolution that’s not higher than your TV’s built-in resolution.

  1. Then you will need to change the Screen Scaling by clicking and dragging the Underscan slider which is generally found at the bottom of the page.

Note: This helps you fit Mac’s screen to the TV if you find the image is too small or large on the TV.

  1. Tap on the Arrangement tab, located at the top of the window.
  2. For preventing your TV from merely duplicating what you see on your Mac computer, you will need to uncheck the Mirror Displays box.
  3. The icon of a TV screen which you will usually find as a larger rectangle present at the top of the window will help you click and drag the TV’s icon to the right. You can move your TV’s screen icon if necessary.

Now you can start using your TV’s display by moving the mouse all the way to the right edge of your PC.

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