How to use an external monitor on my laptop

Updated March 23, 2017

Laptops are good for many different tasks because they are portable. The downside of most laptops is a small screen. However, laptops are equipped to easily connect to external monitors. The connections on a laptop allow you to set up a whole workstation where you can use your laptop like a regular computer with as big a monitor as you want. External monitors are also a good idea if your laptop monitor is damaged.

Buy a monitor with a VGA connection. You can also buy a monitor with a different connection if you get an adaptor that goes from your monitor connection to a VGA connection.

Plug the monitor into the back of your computer. Almost every laptop has a VGA connection on the back for connecting external monitors and projectors.

Turn on both the laptop and the monitor. The laptop will have a key combination that you can use to toggle between internal and external monitors or to use both at once. On some laptops there is a function key for this. You will have to consult your manual to find out which key to use on your laptop.

bibliography-icon icon for annotation tool Cite this Article

About the Author

Larry Amon has been working in the computer field for more than 10 years and has experience writing scripts, instructional articles and political commentary. He has been published online, as well as in "NRB Magazine" and "Delmarva Youth & Family." He started a nonprofit media organization in 2000.