How to Use the HDMI Slot on a Dell Laptop

By KR Knowlin

Updated September 01, 2017

When it comes to HDTV and high-definition media, HDMI produces a higher quality connection than digital component video, analog composite video or analog S-video. High-Definition Media Interface connectors are present on HDTVs, and by connecting an HDTV to your Dell laptop with an HDMI cable, you'll get the most of your viewing experience. The process is the same for any TV, HDMI-compatible monitor or projector.

Insert one end of the HDMI connector cable into your Dell laptop's HDMI port. The HDMI port will be located on the back or side panel of your laptop, depending on what model you have. The HDMI port is shaped like the connector of the cable.

Insert the other end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on your HDTV or LCD monitor. The HDMI port should be located next to or near the other video and audio ports of your TV or monitor.

Turn on your Dell laptop and then power on your HDTV or LCD monitor. Navigate to the correct "Input" channel on your TV or monitor.

Hold the "Fn" key on your keyboard, then press the "F1" button to engage the video output. Your laptop's display should now appear on the TV or monitor.