How to Connect a Mac Book Pro to an LCD Projector

All Macintosh computers including laptops have the ability to connect to a variety of external displays. Whether the display is a standard monitor, a large screen or a projector, the Mac will connect with little setup required. LCD projectors have become popular for displaying presentations and slide shows from software such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple's Keynote. Connecting a projector to a Mac is relatively straightforward provided you have the necessary video adapters.

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Connecting the Projector

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Power off your MacBook Pro.

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Plug the video adapter into your MacBook Pro's DVI display port located between the Ethernet port and the FireWire port on the left side of the computer.

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Power on the LCD projector.

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Plug your projector's video cable into the video adapter connected to your MacBook Pro.

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Power on your MacBook Pro.

Enabling the Display

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Open System Preferences and select Displays.

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Click the "detect displays" button if the projector is not showing an image of your desktop.

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Adjust the display resolution of the projector, if desired, by selecting the appropriate resolution from the resolutions menu displayed on the projector screen.