How to connect a laptop to a monitor

An image showing how to connect a laptop to a monitor
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You're likely to need to know how to connect a laptop to a monitor if you do creative work, photo editing, gaming or really anything else that can benefit from a larger screen. Many laptops today have enough power to replace a desktop computer, but even if the screen is bright and colour-accurate, it can still be too small to be comfortable for many tasks.

Fortunately, it's usually very easy to connect a laptop to an external monitor so that you can continue working on a compact portable device while gaining the benefit of more screen space to work on. You can then use the monitor to either mirror or extend your laptop screen, and use them together or close the lid of your laptop and use the monitor alone.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.