There may be times when you want the content shown on the built-in computer screen to be the same as what is shown on an external display (i.e. a TV, monitor or AV system). You may also want to show different content on each display. This document addresses both options.


If you would like to change the video output option on the Windows computer that you are using:


Hold down the Windows key (lower left corner of your keyboard, the key that has a square made of 4 smaller squares) and tap P as in Project. On your primary computer screen, you will be presented with 4 options. When the options list is displayed, you can release both keys. The list will remain displayed until you either select an option or click anywhere outside of the list, clicking outside of the list will is the equivalent of clicking Cancel. When the list of options is shown, you have several options to select a setting (Listed below). If you are making this change in a classroom, please be sure to change it back to Duplicate or reboot the computer when you are done with your class. This will put the room in the default setting for the next person using the room.


Computer video output options

PC Screen Only - This option will turn off the video feed to the external display (TV, monitor or AV system) and only show on your laptop

Duplicate - This will send the same visual to your laptop's built-in screen and the external display (TV, monitor or AV system). This is the default setting for all classrooms

Extend - This allows for the laptop built-in screen and the external display (TV, monitor or AV system)  to show different content at the same time. This is used for PowerPoint notes on your laptop and the presentation on the external display.

Second Screen Only - This option will turn off the video feed to the laptop's built-in screen and only show content on the external display (TV, monitor or AV system) .



Options for selecting an option 

Option 1 - Use the mouse and click the desired setting.

Option 2 - Use the up and down arrows and tap the Enter key when you have selected the desired option.

Option 3 - Tap the Windows Key + P combination again and the selected option will move to the next option down the list.