How to Connect a MacBook Pro to a Projector

By Jedadiah Casey

MacBook Pro computers represent Apple's line of laptops geared toward the professional market. MacBook Pros have higher-end hardware and features as compared to the lower-priced MacBook series. The hardware includes more memory, faster CPUs and larger screens. MacBook Pro computers have a mini DisplayPort connector for external display connections. DisplayPort is similar to HDMI in that it carries both high-definition video and audio over a single cable. You can connect a MacBook Pro to a projector to display the MacBook Pro's screen in a large format.

Things You'll Need

  • Mini DisplayPort adapter

Step 1

Connect one end of an HDMI cable to the HDMI input of the projector and power on the projector.

Step 2

Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter.

Step 3

Connect the Mini DisplayPort adapter to the Mini DisplayPort connector on the MacBook Pro. The connection to the projector is detected automatically.

Step 4

Click the "System Preferences" icon in the Dock.

Step 5

Click "Display" to make changes to the display settings for the projector if necessary. For example, the projector display can be independent, or it can mirror the MacBook Pro display.