How to Connect a Dell Flat-Screen Monitor to a Laptop

By Brian Cleary

Use your laptop's VGA port for external monitors.
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As the workplace becomes more mobile and people integrate computers into their hobbies, laptops are becoming more and more common. There may come a time when your 10- or 13-inch screen just doesn't cut it. However, many laptops have a built-in, female 15-pin VGA port for the easy connection of an external monitor. Connecting the monitor cable can be done by a novice; the more difficult part of the process is placing your computer in the proper display mode to use the monitor.

Locate the 15-pin, female VGA port on your laptop and plug in the 15-pin male adapter from your flat-screen monitor.

Place your laptop into its "External Monitor Mode." This is accomplished by holding down the "Function" key, sometimes abbreviated with "Fn," and pressing one of the function buttons located above the numbers on the keyboard. Look for the function button that has a small computer screen icon.

Press the "Auto Adjust" button on your Dell flat-screen monitor. This will ensure the monitor's resolution is property synced with the settings on your computer.