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How do you connect a projector to your Apple MacBook?

You've made a nice presentation and now you want to show it to your colleagues. With a projector, you can be sure you get your message across. Connecting your Apple MacBook to a projector isn't hard. If you have the right cable converter, you'll be done in no time. In this article, we'll explain how you can easily and quickly connect a projector to your MacBook.

Connect a projector to your MacBook step by step

Connect a projector to Apple MacBook

You're ready to give your presentation in 3 quick steps:

  1. Determine what you need.
  2. Connect the projector to your MacBook.
  3. Choose the right settings.

Step 1: determine what you need

HMDI connection to MacBook

In many cases, you need a cable converter to connect a projector to your Apple MacBook. This is because you connect most projectors via an HDMI or VGA connector. Newer Apple MacBook models (2015 or later) only have Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports. So check which connectors you have. Do you only have USB-C ports? In that case, use a cable converter.

Step 2: connect the projector to your MacBook

Apple MacBook HDMI adapter

Now, it's time to connect the projector to your Apple MacBook:

  1. Connect the power cable of the projector to a socket.
  2. Press the on/off button of the projector to turn it on.
  3. Connect the projector to your Apple MacBook via the HDMI or VGA cable with the converter.

Step 3: choose the right settings

Apple MacBook display settings

Do you get the desired image right away? You can get started with your presentation. No signal? Follow these steps:

  1. Click the little apple icon at the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Click System Preferences and then Displays.
  3. Hold down the Option key and then click Detect Displays at the bottom right of the screen.

Afterwards, decide if you want to Mirror or Expand the screen. Turn Mirror Displays on or off for this.

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