Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Windows RT 8.1.


Connect Surface RT or Surface 2 to a second screen

You can make photos, videos, and presentations bigger by connecting your Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector. For example, you can connect to an HDTV and watch movies on a big screen or connect to a projector for a presentation.


To connect Surface 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 display?

To figure out which adapter and cable you need, look at the video ports on your TV, monitor, or projector.

  • HDTV: If your TV has an HDMI port, then you’ll need a HDMI cable and a Surface HD Digital AV Adapter.
  • Projector or monitor: Check the projector or monitor for an HDMI port. If you don’t see one, use a VGA cable and the Surface 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. (Not supported for Surface RT.)

Connect Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector

Connect to a wired display
HD video out port on Surface RT and Surface 2

Connect Surface RT or Surface 2 to a wired display

Step 1: Connect a VGA or HDMI cable to the HDMI or VGA port on your TV, monitor, or projector.
Step 2: Connect the other end of the cable to the Surface adapter.
Step 3: Plug the adapter into the HD video out port on the upper-right side of your Surface.
Step 4: 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 5: Tap or click Project, and then under Project to a connected screen, choose Duplicate, Extend, or Second screen only. For more info about what these options mean, see Set up your screens below.

Connect Surface 2 to a wireless display

With Surface 2, you can connect to some displays wirelessly. (This isn’t available for Surface RT.)

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?

Note
The device you’re projecting to may require an adapter. For more info, see Project to a wireless display with Miracast.

Set up your screens

After you plug in your second monitor or connect a projector, you can choose your screen options.

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 what you want to see on each screen:

  • 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.

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:
Press this
To do this
Windows logo key Windows logo key +Page Up
-or-
Windows logo key Windows logo key +Page Down
Move Windows Store apps to another monitor.
Windows logo key Windows logo key +Right arrow
-or-
Windows logo key Windows logo key +Shift+Left arrow

Move desktop apps to the left, center, and right on a monitor and then to the next monitor.
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 taskbar buttons 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 two or more apps open side by side onscreen 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 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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