Transforming your TV into a monitor for your Windows 11 PC can elevate your computing experience with its larger, more vibrant display. Here's a simple, step-by-step guide to get you started, whether you're using a desktop or a laptop.

Connecting via HDMI Cable

The easiest method is to use an HDMI cable. First, connect your PC to your TV with the cable. If your TV has multiple HDMI ports, ensure you select the correct source using the TV remote.

Once connected, press Windows + P on your keyboard to access projection options. Here are the options you'll see:

  • PC screen only: This turns off the TV display, keeping only the PC screen active (laptops only).
  • Duplicate: Displays the same content on both your PC and TV screens.
  • Extend: Ideal for using the TV as a secondary screen.
  • Second screen only: The TV serves as the primary display, ideal for desktops. Select "Second screen only" to project your PC screen onto the TV.

If the display on your TV looks blurry, adjust the screen resolution:

  • Open 'Settings' from the Start Menu or press Windows + I.
  • Click 'System', then 'Display'.
  • Under 'Scale & layout', select the recommended resolution in the 'Display resolution' dropdown.
  • Confirm the changes when prompted.

Wireless Connection

If you prefer a wireless setup and your TV supports Wi-Fi, you can project your screen wirelessly. First, ensure your PC supports wireless casting:

  • Press Windows + R, type dxdiag, and hit Enter.
  • Save the information from the 'DirectX Diagnostic Tool' by clicking on the 'Save all information' button.
  • Open the saved file and check for 'Miracast' under 'Display Devices'. If it says 'Supported', you're good to go.

Next, enable wireless casting on your PC:

  • Open 'Settings', then click 'Apps'.
  • Select 'Optional features', then 'View features'.
  • Type 'Wireless' in the search box and install the 'Wireless Display' feature.
  • Activate the 'Miracast/ScreenCast/WiFi Casting/ Screen Mirroring' app on your TV to accept the incoming connection.
  • Press Windows + K on your PC, and select your TV from the list to start the wireless projection.

Final Tips

Using a TV as a monitor can be a game-changer, offering a bigger and more immersive display. However, remember to maintain a comfortable viewing distance to prevent eye strain or headaches. With these simple steps, you're all set to enjoy a larger-than-life computing experience on your Windows 11 PC!