Applies to

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.


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.
  • 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.

  • Wireless: You can also connect to wireless displays when Windows detects one nearby.

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.
Step 2: 

Connect the other end of the cable to a Surface video adapter or the Mini DisplayPort on your Surface or to your docking station.
(You’ll need an adapter if the end of your cable doesn’t have a male Mini DisplayPort connector).

Mini DisplayPort on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Mini DisplayPort on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Mini DisplayPort on Surface Pro 3

Mini DisplayPort on Surface Pro 3

Mini DisplayPort on Docking Station

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?

Daisy-chain monitors

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.)
Step 2: 

Tap or click Project, and then choose one of the following options:

  • PC screen only. You’ll see everything on your Surface screen. (When you're connected to a wireless projector, this option changes to Disconnect.)
  • Duplicate. You’ll see the same things on both screens.
  • Extend. You'll see everything spread over both screens, and you can drag and move items between them.
  • Second screen only. You’ll see everything on the connected screen, and your Surface screen will be blank.
Notes
  • To learn how to change the screen resolution, see Trouble connecting to a second screen?
  • You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Windows logo key Windows logo key+P) to change your options for the second screen.

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.
Step 4: 

From the Show taskbar buttons on list, select one of the following options:

  • All taskbars: The taskbar buttons for all of your open windows will be duplicated on the taskbars on each display.
  • Main taskbar and taskbar where window is open: A taskbar button will appear on your main monitor and also in the taskbar on the display where the window is open.
  • Taskbar where window is open: A taskbar button will only appear on the display where the window is open. None of the buttons are duplicated on other taskbars.
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:

To
Do this
Move Windows Store apps to another monitor.
Windows logo key Windows logo key+Page Up
-or-
Windows logo key 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 Windows logo key+Right arrow
-or-
Windows logo key 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.
Notes
  • You can open desktop apps on both monitors, or apps from the Windows Store on one and desktop apps on the other.
  • Use the four corners of any screen to open the Start screen, charms and your recent apps.
  • When you open the Start screen, charms or your recent apps on a different monitor, apps from the Windows Store also move to that monitor.
  • You can decide whether you want to have a taskbar on all of your displays, and how you want the taskbar buttons to be arranged. For more info, see Change taskbar settings for multiple displays.

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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