Long title, eh?
As I am typing this, my Laptop and TV are hooked up. I have this blog running on the TV, while another site I frequent is open on my Laptop. If you think this is trickery, or are interested to see how this is achieved, read on.
It is honestly very easy to do this. I use a VGA cable, because my HDMI is hooked up to Satellite TV, and we have no other plugs in the house.
Howcast explains the basics of setting up your TV and your laptop here. If you’re unable to watch it, here’s how I did it:
First of all, take a VGA Cable. These have 15 points on each end, in three rows of five. They are often plugged into projectors to display a large version of what’s on screen.
Plug one end into your Television, and one into your Laptop. It will often be plugged into the back of the TV, and the side of the Laptop.
Next, you want to switch to PC viewing on your TV. To do this, you should get your remote and locate the input button. It will sometimes look like an arrow pointing to a box, but consult your TV manual to find out. When you do successfully find the PC Input, you’ll see a duplicate of whatever is on your PC. Now press F4 (Fn + F4 on some computers), select “Extend”. If done right, you’ll see a black screen, followed by your desktop – with NO icons, nothing except the background. Your PC is now on the “left” of your TV, so to speak. If you want to move something there, drag it all the way to the right, off your PC’s screen, it will adapt to the widescreen.
DO NOT CLOSE IT WHEN YOU ARE DONE! You must drag everything from the TV back to the PC, else it will be lost until you extend it again. Then you can F4 back to Duplicating the display, or unplug the VGA. I like to play Sims on one screen and have Chrome/Excel open on the other to manage my Dynasty.