Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TV as a Dual Monitor

Did you know that you can use your giant flatscreen TV as a dual monitor so that you have more screen real estate on your computer? This is especially helpful if you are using a laptop, since the screens tend to be much smaller. I am working in a hotel right now, and when I'm working on layout for my magazine, I like to use two screens. That way I don't have to keep flipping tabs or windows back-and-forth. I plugged an HDMI cable into my computer, which is a 2013 MacBook Pro, and plugged it into the HDMI input on the side of the 42 inch flatscreen in my hotel. Just change the AV input on the TV, and bam, I have two screens running from the same computer, so I can fit a million windows in here without having to switch around (ok, not a million, but a lot). This TV also has a USB input, so that is another optional connection, and you can also do the same thing if you have an Apple TV with your Apple Computer. I'm sure there are other ways to accomplish the same thing, and I'm glad it's getting to be so easy these days!

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