6 Easy Steps to Using a TV as a Monitor

I frequently have a nature video running on my 2nd monitor while I’m working. Lately, I’ve been doing more things that require a back-and-forth between two different windows, and the nature video has been buried. Chris wanted me to have another monitor – mounted on the wall so I could watch movies on as well. A monitor big enough to watch movies on would be cost-prohibitive. Enter the concept of using a TV as a monitor!

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6 Easy Steps to Using a TV as a monitor:

Getting a new TV to use as a monitor with your Windows 10 computer is relatively easy to do. There are only a few steps to get it up and running:

  • Determine where in your office the monitor will sit. If you want it on the wall, you’ll need to get a Wall Mount. (Some things to keep in mind when purchasing a wall mount include maximum TV size/weight, and the distance between wall studs.)
  • Make sure the HDMI cable and power strip are long enough to reach. We purchased an extra-long HDMI cable and power strip so that we’ll have enough length to hide the cable along the wall and floor.
  • Plug the TV into wall power
  • Connect the HDMI cable from the TV to the computer
  • At this point, while your computer should automatically detect the new monitor through the HDMI cable, you may need to configure the monitor settings in your computer:
    • Click on the settings wheel on the taskbar
    • Type “Monitor” in the search barusing a tv as a monitor - w10 settings
    • Click on “Rearrange multiple displays”. .Multiple monitor settings in Win10
    • and make sure your primary monitor is still identified properly
    • Open up a new window, log into Netflix or Amazon Prime, and play a movie!


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