How to Connect a Mac to a Powerpoint Projector

Written by adam tavangaran
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PowerPoint projections are important because they can help you to show an entire group the ideas and projects that you have been working on. Running this presentation from your laptop computer, you will have the ability to put together a great-looking presentation that is sure to impress. The only problem is that most projectors are configured for PCs. If you have a Mac, you will need to take a few extra steps to integrate your computer with the projector.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Mac computer
  • Projector
  • Video out cable
  • Video out connector
  • Projector cable
  • Mouse cable
  • Remote control
  • Audio cable

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    Turn off both the projector and the laptop, so you do not risk damaging them when you play around with the cables connecting them. This will allow the programs to boot up quickly and easily, already ready to run. It can also help you ensure that you do not overwhelm the laptop with the sudden introduction of many types of hardware.

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    Connect the video cable to the projector's in port. Connect this cable to the Mac's desktop adaptor after you have set the resolution switches to the levels you want to project at. Once the cover of the adaptor is removed and the resolutions are set, the adaptor is ready for use.

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    Plug the video out cable that came with your Mac into the appropriate port on the laptop. Attach the other end to the video cable by using the adaptor that you just hooked up. Tighten all screws to make sure they are secure.

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    Connect the mouse cable to the mouse port on the laptop. Once completed, connect the other end of the mouse cable to the mouse port on the projector itself. This will give you the ability to use the remote control during operation of your PowerPoint presentation.

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    Examine your laptop to see if it has an audio out port. If so, connect the audio cable to this port. The other end will plug into the audio in port on the projector. Make sure that both cords are fully secured in their ports.

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    Test your PowerPoint presentation before you have an audience. This will help you to check the levels, making sure that everything can be clearly seen and heard. Once you have accomplished this, you will be ready to put on a presentation for a large group.

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