How to Configure a Projector on a Windows 7 PC

Windows 7 makes traveling with your computer and using your PC for presentations a snap. With its easy-to-understand display settings, you can quickly connect a projector to your Windows 7 PC. Gone are the days of fumbling with complicated settings and interface issues. Now anyone can set up their PC to run presentations like a pro.

  1. Connect a projector device to your computer.

    This is usually done by plugging a VGA or DVI cable into the video port on your computer.

  2. Choose Start→Control Panel and click the Connect to a Projector link in the Hardware and Sound settings.


    A blue panel appears with a variety of display settings.

    A handy shortcut to connect to a projector is to press Ctrl+Windows logo key+P. This displays the Projector settings window where you can choose how to display your desktop.

  3. Choose a display setting.


    Click one of four display settings:

    • Show Desktop Only On Computer Display uses your current display (on a laptop, that’s the display in the lid).

    • Duplicate Desktop on Projector shows your desktop on both your current display and a connected projector.

    • Extend Desktop to Projector splits the image between the two displays.

      This is useful for displaying your presentation on the projector while displaying your speaking notes on the PC.

    • Show Desktop Only on Projector turns off the current display and displays the desktop only on the projector.

  4. The Projector settings window closes.

    The new settings take effect immediately.

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