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Setting up a projector or a second monitor

From: Computer Literacy for Windows

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Another peripheral device you should know how to connect to is a projector. If you ever have to give a presentation using software like Microsoft PowerPoint or if you have to demo something on your laptop to an audience, you'll most likely need to use a projector like this one. In reality, a projector works just like a monitor as far as your PC is concerned, and setting up a projector is just like setting up a second monitor for your computer. Many people these days use a second monitor for both laptop and desktop computers, so they have more onscreen room to work with. So whether you need to connect your projector or just want to use an additional monitor, you'll learn everything you need to know in this movie.

Setting up a projector or a second monitor

Another peripheral device you should know how to connect to is a projector. If you ever have to give a presentation using software like Microsoft PowerPoint or if you have to demo something on your laptop to an audience, you'll most likely need to use a projector like this one. In reality, a projector works just like a monitor as far as your PC is concerned, and setting up a projector is just like setting up a second monitor for your computer. Many people these days use a second monitor for both laptop and desktop computers, so they have more onscreen room to work with. So whether you need to connect your projector or just want to use an additional monitor, you'll learn everything you need to know in this movie.

You are going to start by connecting your projector or monitor to your computer. Now, some newer laptops and projects use DVI monitor connectors, like the ones found on desktop computers, other use the older VGA style connectors. In this particular setup, my projector has both DVI and VGA connectors, while my laptop has only the older style VGA connector. Also, I only have a DVI cable. So I am going to need an adapter, which I happen to have here, and you can find these adapters at just about any computer stores that sells accessories.

So in this particular setup I am going to plug the DVI into my projector, and the VGA and the on the adapter into my laptop. So in your own setup, you'll have to figure out which connectors is on the monitor of projector and which connector is on the computer and what adapter you'll need, if any. To spare mine though, either be DVI, VGA, or some combination of the two. Once you got your computer and projector or monitor connected together, turn them both on.

Now we'll see what we have to do to set up the projector in Windows. Now at this point, you computer may have already detected your projector or second monitor and the appearance of your screen might have already changed. Let's take a look at how to customize your settings in just a moment. Begin by right-clicking anywhere on your Windows desktop and choosing Screen Resolution. Even the screen resolution settings are where you change the appearance of your monitors. At the top here we see two icons representing the main monitor and the projector or second monitor you connected. If you're not sure which is which, click the Identify button and the numbers 1 and 2 will briefly show up on the respective monitors.

If your second monitor isn't showing up here at all, try clicking the Detect button. Now depending on what you want to display on your projector or second monitor, you will come down to the Multiple Displays menu and choosing Duplicate these displays or Extend these displays. I am going to select Duplicate these displays and click Apply. You're going to get a dialog box asking if you want to keep these display settings. We will click Keep Changes. So with Duplicate these displays selected, I see the same thing on both monitors.

So for example, if you're using a projector and wanted your audience to see exactly what you see on your screen, you would select Duplicate these displays. Let's select Extend these displays again, which is what we're originally looking at. And again, we will say Keep Changes. So with Extend these displays selected, the projector or second monitor becomes an extension of your main screen. Meaning you can move your mouse from one screen to the other, as if they were one large monitor. This can be useful if you're using presentation software like PowerPoint.

PowerPoint supports what's called Presenter displays, which lets you view your up coming slides, notes, and other info on your screen while your audience only sees your presentation on the projector screen. So for example, I have a PowerPoint presentation file that I have opened up on my desktop and this is not included with the exercise files for this course. I am just using it to demonstrate the Presenter display or the Presenter View, which you can see is checked up here. So I will click to Start Playing This Presentation, and as you can see, the right side of the screen represents what the projector is displaying showing just my slides. So as I go forward in my presentation, I just see the slide on the right side of the screen.

While the left side of my screen represents my laptop screen, which only I see during my presentation. So I can see my upcoming slides, my lapsed time and so on. So I will just get out of that. So this is one advantage of using Extend these displays when using a projector on your PC. Let's take a look at some more things you can do in here. Now by selecting each monitor, you can adjust their settings below. Optionally, you can choose which display you are adjusting using the Display popup menu here.

I prefer just to click on the monitor myself. Now the resolution menu controls the resolution of the selected monitor. The higher the resolution, the more data in detail can be displayed on the screen. So you can set different resolution for each monitor if necessary. For the most part, even the highest resolution available in each list. That's what's called the monitors native resolution, and it's going to look the sharpest at that size. So if I wanted my monitor to look at sharpest, I would set this to 1920x1200, which is the recommended resolution. I am currently recording this movie at 1280x800 so, I can't really change that for you right now, but if we are using this monitor in real life, I would have it set to the highest resolution.

Now one think to keep in mind though is if you've chosen to duplicate your displays and you have different sized monitors, or you are using a projector, you're going to be limited to the resolution of the device with the lowest resolution, and usually that's going to be the projector. Most projectors display at 800x600 and some newer ones at 1024x768. It's going to take some clicking around and experimenting with different resolutions before you find the one that works for both the computer and the projector when you have Duplicate these displays selected. Now as a side note, be aware that when you change resolutions, the screen may flicker or black momentarily. This is normal.

Now if you happen to pick a resolution that doesn't work, just don't touch your computer for a few seconds. For instance, if the screen just stays black or flickers non-stop, just don't touch your computer. If you recall, each time I change from Extend these displays to Duplicate these displays, or vice versa, we saw a dialog box asking if we wanted to keep that resolution. That same dialog box will appear when you change your screen resolution. So you have to confirm that a selected resolution works before it's locked in. If you don't confirm, your PC will go back to the previously working resolution and that's the basics of what you need to know to get a projector or second monitor working with your PC.

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Computer Literacy for Windows

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  1. 2m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 2s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 53s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 48s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 52s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 27s
  3. 17m 29s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 38s
    3. Understanding your Home (User) folder
      3m 9s
    4. Using your desktop
      2m 46s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      1m 45s
    6. The right click
      2m 8s
  4. 25m 38s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 36s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 3s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 37s
    4. How to learn any application
      4m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      7m 29s
  5. 35m 26s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 33s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 36s
    3. Printing your documents
      3m 52s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 8s
    5. Scanning a document
      5m 59s
    6. Setting up a projector or a second monitor
      6m 17s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 55s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 23s
  6. 20m 46s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired networks
      2m 47s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      5m 0s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      5m 49s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      4m 12s
  7. 23m 24s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      3m 50s
    4. Composing new email messages
      7m 4s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 12s
    6. Dealing with spam
      3m 52s
  8. 8m 22s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 44s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 14s
  9. 27m 15s
    1. Introduction to word processors
      4m 46s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 57s
    3. Introduction to spreadsheets
      4m 0s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      8m 13s
    5. Formatting a data table
      2m 19s
  10. 28m 52s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      7m 57s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      4m 28s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      9m 17s
    4. Tagging images
      4m 56s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 12m 46s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      6m 4s
    3. Compressing files
      5m 5s
  12. 1m 4s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 4s

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