Different Display on Laptop Screen & Projector Screen – Windows & Mac OS – 2021

Learn how to extend the laptop screen onto the projector screen to watch movies on the projector and simultaneously do other activities on the laptop.
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Do you want to watch a movie on the projector and meanwhile use your laptop to surf online or reply to mail?

In contrast to the Duplicate and Mirror display mode, there is one more option available: Extend Display mode allows you to have a different display on the laptop screen and projector screen.

This mode is very useful while giving a presentation to your team because it let’s you do the activities like replying to mail, opening other files for reference etc.

Teachers may wish to present a video to the classroom, and while students keep watching, they can use the laptop to do other activities.

Let’s start,

In this article, you will learn to be more flexible and productive with your laptop and projector.

Choose your laptop OS (to jump to that section)

Table of Contents

  1. Windows 7
  2. Windows 10
  3. Mac
  4. Final Words

Windows 7

First Method – Using Windows Shortcuts

Step 1 – Make sure your laptop and projector is connected with a proper HDMI cable.

Step 2 – On the keyboard of your laptop hold Windows Logo Key and press “P”.

Step 3 – You will see the following options. Choose “Extend” for different display on the laptop screen and projector screen.

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Step 4 – To see the desired program (movie or presentation) on the projector,
> Open the program on the laptop
> Try dragging it out of the display until it appears on the projector screen.

Second Method – Following Standard Steps

Step 1 – If the above method doesn’t work, then go to your desktop homescreen and right-click to see the following options.

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Step 2 – Click on “Screen Resolution” to see the following options.

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Step 3 – Now navigate to “Multiple displays” and select “Extend these displays” for different display on the laptop screen and projector screen.

Step 4 – To see the desired program (movie or presentation) on the projector,
> Open the program on the laptop
> Try dragging it out of the display until it appears on the projector screen.

Windows 10

First Method – Using Windows Shortcuts

Step 1 – Make sure your laptop and projector is connected with a proper HDMI cable.

Step 2 – On the keyboard of your laptop hold Windows Logo Key and press “P”.

Step 3 – You will see the following options. Choose “Extend” for different display on the laptop screen and projector screen.

Windows 10 Screen Mirror Duplicate Extend Shortcut Key Options - ULTRAdvice.com

 Step 4 – To see the desired program (movie or presentation) on the projector,
> Open the program on the laptop
> Try dragging it out of the display until it appears on the projector screen.

Second Method – Following Standard Steps

Step 1 – Go to your desktop and right-click to see the following options.

Windows 10 Display Preference Options - ULTRAdvice.com

Step 2 – Click on “Display settings” to see the following options.

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Step 3 – Then head over “Multiple displays,” and then select “Extend these displays” for different display on the laptop screen and projector screen.

Windows 10 Duplicate These Display Extend These Display Options - Screen Mirror - ULTRAdvice.com

Step 4 – To see the desired program (movie or presentation) on the projector,
> Open the program on the laptop
> Try dragging it out of the display until it appears on the projector screen.

Mac OS

Step 1 – Ensure that you have correctly connected the Mac and the projector with an appropriate USB C to HDMI Cable. By default Mac lets you use the different display on the laptop screen and projector screen.

Step 2 – To see the desired program (movie or presentation) on the projector,
> Open the program on the laptop
> Try dragging it out of the display until it appears on the projector screen.

But if you wish to Mirror or duplicate the Mac Screen onto the projector screen, then follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1 – Go to the extreme upper right corner of the display on your Mac. Then click on the Apple icon and select “System Preferences…”.

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Step 2 – Following window will pop-up. You need to click on “Arrangement” to see display mirroring and extending options.

Apple Mac OS Screen Mirror Extend Options

Step 3 – To mirror the display, you need to tick the box as shown in the following image.

Apple Mac OS Screen Mirror Option - ULTRAdvice.com

Final Words

Seeing different display on the laptop screen and projector screen is very easy.

For Windows users screen mirroring is automatic once you connect both the devices with the proper HDMI cable. You have to follow few steps to extend the display.

For Mac users, the case is vice-versa.

By default you will see different display on laptop and projector screen. You have to follow few steps to mirror or duplicate the display.

So that’s it, guys. If still, you have any questions, then let me know in the comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Rakesh Kurhade
Rakesh is a tech enthusiast, engineer, team leader and digital growth hacker. He is working for Robu.in (robotics e-commerce website) for the past 4+ years. His expertise includes research, reading, writing, thinking, planning, organizing and striving for perfection. He is passionate, hardworking and committed to plan and develop the brand Robu. In his free time, he writes articles at ULTRAdvice to help people find the answers to the questions that Google cannot answer. Contact him on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.