Connect to monitors

Depending on your Chromebook model, you can connect an external monitor using an available HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, or VGA port. The instructions included with your Chromebook will tell you what type of adapter you need.

Connect to a monitor or TV

You can connect your Chromebook to a monitor or TV. After you connect, you can:

  • Extend your desktop to display across multiple screens.
  • Mirror your display to show the same image on your Chromebook and external monitor.

To project your Chromebook's screen on an external monitor or TV, connect the monitor to your Chromebook. To get the best possible resolution, use high-quality cables that don’t convert from one end to the other (e.g. HDMI-to-HDMI, or DVI-to-DVI).

Single-link DVI adapters can only support low resolutions, depending on refresh rate. Passive HDMI-to-VGA or DP-to-VGA adapters aren’t supported on your Chromebook.

Adjust, rotate, and align your screen

To adjust your external display, click the external display section of the status area in the lower right corner of the screen, then click Manage displays. From here, you can identify displays or adjust their orientation. To mirror your display, press Ctrl and maximize key on your keyboard. If there is no common resolution, your Chromebook won't mirror the external and internal monitors.

Use the dropdown menu to rotate the image on your connected monitor. The default setting is Standard, but you can rotate the image by 90°, 180°, or 270°.

To center your screen, select your extended monitor from the status area and click TV adjustment in the Manage Displays window that opens. Adjust the viewing area by using the arrow and shift keys until your screen is aligned properly.

If you’re using a Chromebox, you can find these adjustment options by typing chrome://settings/display in the omnibox.

Discuss with other Chromies in Chromebook Central.

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