Different Display on Laptop Screen and Projector Screen – Mirror And Extend Display Guide

There are two ways [modes] of projecting screen from laptop to TV or projector; mirror and extend mode.
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Screen mirroring is a breeze with modern projectors.

Perhaps you might think with a duplicate or mirrored screen; it is not possible to watch movies on the projector and use your laptop (to surf online or reply to mail) simultaneously.

There can be a few more cases like,

  1. Giving a presentation to your team and doing other activities on your laptop, e.g., replying to mail, opening other files for reference.
  2. Presenting a video to the classroom, and while they keep watching, you wish using the laptop to do other activities.

I have shortlisted few known circumstances, but your situation or purpose may vary.

Having different display on laptop screen and projector screen is possible. There are two ways [modes] of projecting screen from laptop to TV or projector; mirror and extend mode.

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

Choose your laptop OS

1. 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 “Duplicate” to mirror screen and “Extend” for different display on the laptop screen and projector screen.

Windows 7 Screen Mirror Duplicate Extend Shortcut Key Options - ULTRAdvice.com

Step 4 – Now, if you have selected to extend the display, then to see the desired program (movie or presentation) on the projector. Open the program on the laptop and try dragging it out of the display. It will appear on the projector.

Second Method – Using Standard Navigation Process

Step 5 – If the above method doesn’t work, then go to your desktop and right-click to see the following options.

Windows 7 Screen Resolution Options - ULTRAdvice.com

Step 6 – Select “Screen Resolution,” and following screen will pop-up.

Windows 7 Screen Mirror Duplicate These Display Extend These Diplay Screen - ULTRAdvice.com

Step 7 – Then select “Duplicate these displays” to mirror screen and “Extend these displays” for different display on the laptop screen and projector screen.

Step 8 – Now, if you have selected to extend the display, then to see the desired program (movie or presentation) on the projector. Open the program on the laptop and try dragging it out of the display. It will appear on the projector.

2. 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 “Duplicate” to mirror screen and “Extend” for different display on the laptop screen and projector screen.

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

 Step 4 – Now, if you have selected to extend the display, then to see the desired program (movie or presentation) on the projector. Open the program on the laptop and try dragging it out of the display. It will appear on the projector.

Second Method – Using Standard Navigation Process

Step 5 – Go to your desktop and right-click to see the following options.

Windows 10 Display Preference Options - ULTRAdvice.com

Step 6 – Select “Display settings,” and the following screen will pop-up.

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

Step 7 – Then head over “Multiple displays,” and then you can select “Duplicate these displays” to mirror screen and “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 8 – Now, if you have selected to extend the display, then to see the desired program (movie or presentation) on the projector. Open the program on the laptop and try dragging it out of the display. It will appear on the projector.

3. 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 Mac and try dragging it out of the display. It will appear on the projector.

Step 3 – If you wish to Mirror the Screen, then follow the below-mentioned steps.

Step 4 – Go to the extreme upper right corner of the display on your Mac. Then click on the Apple icon and select “System Preferences…”.

Apple Mac OS Start Menu Options - ULTRAdvice.com

Step 5 – After this 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 6 – To mirror the display, you need to tick the box as shown in the following image. You are done.

Apple Mac OS Screen Mirror Option - ULTRAdvice.com

Final Words

Screen mirroring and extending the different display on the laptop screen and projector screen is very easy.

Basically, for Windows OS, there is automatic screen mirroring after connecting both the devices with the proper HDMI cable, and you have to follow few steps to extend the display.

For Mac OS, the case is vice-versa, the display gets automatically extended on the projector screen, and you have to follow few steps to mirror 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.

Ryan Krock
Ryan is a tech enthusiast working for a Robotics E-commerce Company. He is an engineer and team leader. Loves to read the news, share his expertise and write. By being a technology geek experimenting with the mechanical and electronics stuff around him, he has gained a plethora of knowledge about how things work (and how to make things work!).