How to Switch to HDMI on a Toshiba Laptop

Updated July 20, 2017

There has been a major redesign of laptop computers within the past couple of years to start including digital High Definition Media Interface (HDMI) connectors instead of older analogue VGA connectors for external monitor connectivity. HDMI is a purely digital connection that allows for both high-definition video and an audio stream over a single cable. You can switch to the HDMI connector on a Toshiba laptop to send the video and audio signal to HDMI.

Connect one end of an HDMI cable to a display device, such as a TV or projector.

Turn on the display device and select the proper input. For example, many flat screen TV sets have two or more HDMI inputs and the correct input must be selected with the remote control.

Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on the Toshiba laptop. HDMI ports are trapezoidal in shape and feature 19 tiny pin connectors.

Hold the Windows logo key on the Toshiba keyboard and press the "P" key four times, then release the Windows logo key. The display is switched from the Toshiba laptop screen to the HDMI connector.


Hold the Windows logo key on the Toshiba keyboard and press the "P" key up to four times to change the display mode. One press instructs the system to use the computer display exclusively. Two presses duplicates the display on both the laptop and HDMI. Three presses expands the display so the laptop and HDMI are independent. Four presses uses the HDMI connection exclusively.

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