How to Connect an Acer Monitor to a MacBook

Updated March 23, 2017

Whether you are having problems with your MacBook's internal display or you just want to increase your screen real estate, connecting your laptop to an Acer monitor will solve your problem. To connect the two you will need the correct cable and available ports on both devices. Using software that is already installed on your MacBook, you can configure the options to enhance the use of the monitor.

Look at the ports on the left side of the MacBook and the back of the Acer monitor. A MacBook can be connected to an external monitor that has either a DVI or VGA port. The ports on the monitor will either be labelled or have a corresponding icon next to them. If you are unsure what an icon means, look in the "Features" section of your user manual. Make sure your Acer monitor model has the correct port.

Plug one end of the connection cable into the monitor and the other end into the MacBook. If you are using a DVI cable connection, plug each end directly into each device. If you are using a VGA cable connection, you have to use the mini-DVI-to-VGA adaptor that comes with your MacBook. Plug one end of the VGA cable into the VGA end of the adaptor and insert the adaptor DVI end into the laptop. Plug the other end of the VGA cable into the monitor.

Turn on both devices. After your MacBook powers up, it will automatically detect and display the desktop on both screens. Your Acer monitor is now ready for configuration.

Click on the "Apple" icon on the top left corner of the desktop. From the drop-down list, select "System Preferences" followed by "Display." A new "Display" window will appear that has the available options that can be changed. For example, you can change the screen resolution of the Acer monitor, change the arrangement of the displays and whether you want to mirror the MacBook's display, or extend the desktop to the Acer monitor.


Always make sure that all cables are inserted properly and securely to ensure that the quality of the connection output is at its best.

Things You'll Need

  • VGA cable
  • DVI cable
  • Mini-DVI to VGA adaptor
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An avid technology enthusiast, Steve Gregory has been writing professionally since 2002. With more than 10 years of experience as a network administrator, Gregory holds an Information Management certificate from the University of Maryland and is pursuing MCSE certification. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Chron and GlobalPost.