Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3,Windows 8.1.
Connect Surface Pro to a TV, monitor or projector
You can make photos, videos, and presentations bigger by connecting Surface Pro to a TV, monitor, or projector. Or, connect to an HDTV and watch films on a big screen.
- How can I connect to another screen?
- Connect to a wired display
- Connect to a wireless display
- Daisy-chain monitors
- Set up your screens
- Use taskbars on all of your screens
- Move apps between your screens
- Use two or more apps side by side
To connect Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 or Surface Pro 3 to another screen, you’ll need a compatible cable and adapter. You can even connect to some displays wirelessly. Surface video adapters are available in the Accessories area on this site and in the Microsoft Store.
How can I connect to another screen?
To determine which adapter or cable you need, look at the video ports on your TV, monitor or projector.
- HDTV: If your TV has an HDMI port, you’ll need a HDMI cable and a Mini DisplayPort to HD AV adapter or an HDMI to Mini DisplayPort cable (sold separately).
- Projector or monitor: If your monitor has a DisplayPort, you can connect it to Surface using a DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable (sold separately). If your monitor doesn’t have a DisplayPort or HDMI port, use a VGA cable and the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter. A VGA adapter or cable is for video only. Audio will play from your Surface speakers unless you’ve connected external speakers. For more info about this, see Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories.
- Wireless: You can also connect to wireless displays when Windows detects one nearby.
If you have installed the latest Surface and Windows updates, you can daisy-chain multiple monitors from your Surface Pro 2 or Surface Pro 3.
Connect to a wired display
|Step 1:||Connect an HDMI or VGA cable to the HDMI, DisplayPort, or VGA port on your TV, monitor, or projector.|
Connect the other end of the cable to a Surface video adapter or the Mini DisplayPort on your Surface or to your docking station.
Mini DisplayPort on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2
Mini DisplayPort on Surface Pro 3
Mini DisplayPort on Surface docking stations
|Step 3:||If you’re using an adapter, plug the adapter into the Mini DisplayPort on your Surface or your docking station.
(If you're using Surface Pro 3 docking station with Surface Pro 3, you can use the Mini Display port on Surface and the Mini Display port on your docking station––both at once.)
Connect to a wireless display
|Step 1:||Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Devices.)
|Step 2:||Tap or click Project, and then tap or click Add a wireless display.|
|Step 3:||Choose the wireless display in the list of devices found and follow the instructions on the screen.|
If you have problems connecting your Surface or have questions about screen resolution, see Trouble connecting to a second screen?
You can daisy-chain monitors from a Surface Pro 2 or Surface Pro 3, or from a Surface docking station. You’ll need two monitors with DisplayPort 1.2 input ports and at least one of them must also have a DisplayPort output port. You’ll also need standard DisplayPort cables with at least one mini DisplayPort end to make your connections.
|Step 1:||Connect the mini DisplayPort port on the Surface to the DisplayPort input on the first monitor. If only one of your monitors has an output port, that’s the monitor to connect to first.|
|Step 2:||Connect the output port of the first monitor to the DisplayPort input port of the other monitor.|
|Step 3:||Follow the monitor manufacturers’ instructions to set both monitors to use DisplayPort 1.2 as an input source.|
|Step 4:||Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the first monitor to see if you need to also enable DisplayPort 1.2. (This might also be called Multi-Stream Transport or MST.) This is what allows the first monitor to pass the signal along to the second monitor.|
After your screens are connected, you can adjust the settings. For more info, see Get the best display on your monitor.
Set up your screens
Once you connect another screen, you can choose options for your second screen. Here’s how:
|Step 1:||Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices. (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Devices.)|
Tap or click Project, and then choose one of the following options:
Use taskbars on all of your screens
After you have your second monitor or a projector set up to your liking, you may want to have more than one taskbar to make switching between apps and files easier on the desktop. Here's how to get taskbars on all of your displays and change how buttons appear on them.
|Step 1:||Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search).
|Step 2:||In the search box, enter taskbar and navigation, and in the results, and tap or click Taskbar and Navigation.|
|Step 3:||Under Multiple displays, select Show taskbar on all displays.|
From the Show taskbar buttons on list, select one of the following options:
|Step 5:||Tap or click OK.|
Move apps between your screens
Connecting another monitor to your Surface is a great way to multitask. You can use one monitor for work (Office apps) and the other for play (chatting or music).
Once connected, use one of the following key combinations to move an app to the second screen:
Move Windows Store apps to another monitor.
Windows logo key +Page Up
Windows logo key +Page Down
Move desktop apps to the left, centre and right on a monitor and then to the next monitor.
Windows logo key +Right arrow
Windows logo key +Shift+Left arrow
You can also move a desktop app to another screen by clicking the window's title bar and dragging it to the other screen.
Use two or more apps side by side
Depending on the resolution of your screen, you can have up to four apps on a screen at a time. You can schedule meetings on your calendar while you respond to email, or record a lecture in class with Sound Recorder while you take notes in the desktop.
To use two apps side by side:
|Step 1:||Open an app that you'd like to use|
|Step 2:||Slide in from the top of the screen until an opening appears behind the app, then drag the app to the left or right side. (If you’re using a mouse, drag the top of the screen down until an opening appears behind the app, then drag it to the left or right.)|
|Step 3:||Go back to Start and open a second app. It will appear next to the first app.|
|Step 4:||To resize the apps, drag the divider between the apps.|
To use three apps side by side:
- If you go back to Start and open a third app, it’ll appear on top of the first two. You can tap or click the left or right side of the third app to replace one of the apps underneath it.
- If you want to use all three apps on the same screen, drag the third app until an open space appears next to or between the other apps. If a space doesn’t open, your screen can only fit two apps at a time.
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