How To Use External Monitor with your Macbook

Use External Monitor with your Macbook

To make those Macbooks even more useful, we often feel the need to bring an external monitor. This simply enhances our productivity by making you content on a larger screen that you see yourself or present to someone else.

Sometimes, business people need dual screen to handle more work efficiently, and for the same, an external monitor comes handy.

Let’s see how you can add an external monitor to Mac for your work purposes-

Configuring The External Monitor For Your Mac

You first need to determine the power source or the type of cable that would work as a bridge between the Mac and the monitor.

Once you have got the idea of what type of cable would go right for the connection, all you have to do is plug it in and tweak some settings.

  • Take the Apple adapter and cable you need and plug the wires rightly.
  • Now, go to the Mac and access System Preferences > Displays.
  • Click the Arrangement tab.
  • There you would find various displays in which you can set your monitor screen. Choose any one of them and the settings would be implemented in just a sec.

There you have it as the new display on your external monitor!

Note: Select Mirror Displays tickbox if you want to show the same content on both of the devices.  For this, go to System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement and choose Mirror Displays.

Which Port Has My Mac Got?

Now, let’s discuss a bit about the adapter part that how do you determine which type of cable you need.

Well, the adapter or the cable that is going to work depends on the model of, your Mac device or the port it facilitates you with.

Mini DisplayPort

Mini DisplayPort

There can be a Mini DisplayPort that was brought to the Apple devices in 2008. The port enables you to have the VGA, DVI or HDMI interfaces if your device was manufactured around that year.



There are some mac devices with HDMI ports or the one that come with TVs. Hence, all you need is have a look around and determine which kind of port your mac comprises.

Thunderbolt 1 or 2

Thunderbolt 1 or 2

This is another kind of port introduced around 2011. For an idea, this looks same as the

Mini DisplayPort except it comes with a thunderbolt symbol for identification purposes.

So, if you bought the Mac after the year 2011, chances are you have got a Thunderbolt. The same cable would work with the Mini DisplayPort as well as the Thunderbolt 2 if you have an upgraded one.

This way, setting up an extra monitor with your Mac is pretty a straightforward things to do. Recognize the type of cable that be suitable and there you go with your setup.

In most cases, Mac automatically detects your device once you plug the cables rightly. In case, it does not then you simply need to go to System Preferences, Displays settings pane, and then tap Detect Displays. This would make the monitor available for the Mac device and the rest of the setting remains same.

You can learn also How to Connect a MacBook Pro to a TV or Monitor in this video.

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