Connect Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector

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To connect your Surface to another screen, you'll need a compatible cable and adapter. You can even connect to some displays wirelessly. 

Which cables and adapters do I need?


On your Surface

Find your Surface in this table to see what display output port it has. This will help you find the right adapter that connects to your external monitor. 

My Surface device Daisy chain support External display/audio output port
Surface Pro
Surface Pro 2
Surface Pro 3
Surface Pro 4
Surface Pro (5th Gen)
Surface Pro 6
Yes Mini DisplayPort
Surface Studio
Surface Laptop
Surface Laptop 2 
Surface Book
Surface Studio 2 Yes  USB-C
Surface Book 2
Surface Book 3
Surface Go
Surface Go 2
Surface Laptop 3
Surface Pro 7
Surface Pro X
Surface 3 No Mini DisplayPort

 

On your TV, monitor, or projector

Look at the video ports on your TV, monitor, or projector. Ports you usually see would include HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA. This will help you determine what adapters and cables you need for your device, as they're often sold separately.

These adapters are recommended for use with your Surface:

If your external screen has an HDMI port

Depending on which Surface you have, you'll need one of the following:

  • A USB-C to HDMI adapter and HDMI cable (sold separately) or
  • A Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter and HDMI cable (sold separately)

If your external screen has a VGA port

Depending on which Surface you have, you'll need one of the following:

  • A USB-C to VGA adapter and VGA cable (sold separately) or
  • A Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter and VGA cable (sold separately)

A VGA adapter and cable are for video only. Audio will play from your Surface speakers unless you've connected external speakers. For more info, go to Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories.

If your external screen has a DisplayPort

Depending on which Surface you have, you'll need one of the following:

  • A USB-C to DisplayPort adapter and DisplayPort cable (sold separately) or 
  • A Mini DisplayPort-to-Displayport Cable (sold separately)

If your screen only has a Mini Displayport, you can connect a USB-C to HDMI adapter > HDMI cable > HDMI to Mini Displayport > your external screen. Keep in mind that the more adapters used, the more degraded the signal may get. 

Set up your TV, monitor, or projector


Make sure you have the correct cable(s) and adapter(s) for your devices. When you're ready, here's how to set it up:

  1. Plug one end of the video cable into the port on the external screen. Make sure that your TV, monitor, or projector is turned on.
  2. Connect the other end of the cable to the video adapter. 
  3. Connect the other end of the adapter to your Surface. Make sure you're plugging in the the right part of the cable to the right input.
    • If you're using a projector, make sure you connect any audio accessories. 

For more info, or to torubleshoot your setup, go to Troubleshoot connecting Surface to a second screen.

Connect to a screen wirelessly


You can connect to wireless displays when Windows detects one nearby. You can also use a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter to connect to a screen using Miracast. For info on setting up your Wireless Display adapter, go to Using the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.

When you're ready to connect wirelessly, here's how:

  1. On your Surface, select action center  in the taskbar or swipe in from the right edge of the screen.
  2. Select Connect. In the list of displays and adapters, select the name of the wireless display or adapter that you want to connect to. 

 If you have problems connecting your Surface or have questions about screen resolution, see Trouble connecting Surface to a second screen?

Set up your screens


Once you've connected another screen to your Surface, you can choose what to display on each screen. Here’s how:

  1. Select the search box in the taskbar, type project to a second screen, and in the search results, select Project to a second screen.

  2. 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 all screens.
    • Extend: You'll see everything spread over all screens, and you can drag and move items between them.
    • Second screen only: You’ll see everything on the connected screen or screens, and your Surface screen will be blank.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Windows logo key  +P) to change your options for the additional screen or screens.

How to use external screens with Surface


Use taskbars on all of your screens

After you have your second monitor or a projector set up to your liking, you might 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.

  1. Select the search box in the taskbar, enter taskbar, and in the search results, select Taskbar settings.
  2. Under Multiple displays, select Show taskbar on all displays.
  3. From the Show taskbar buttons on list, choose 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 in the taskbar on the display where the window is open.
    • Taskbar where window is open: A taskbar button will appear only on the display where the window is open. None of the buttons will be duplicated on other taskbars.

Move apps between your screens

Connecting another monitor to your Surface is a great way to multitask. You can use one monitor for work (for example, running 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 Microsoft Store or desktop apps to another monitor. Windows logo key +Shift+Right arrow
or
Windows logo key +Shift+Left arrow

You can also move a Microsoft Store or desktop app to another screen by clicking the title bar and dragging it to the other screen.

Move Microsoft Store or desktop apps to the left, center, and right on a monitor. Windows logo key +Right arrow
or
Windows logo key +Left arrow

 

Use two apps side by side

Windows 10 makes it easy to use two apps side by side. For example, 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:

  1. Open an app that you'd like to use.
  2. Press and hold (or click and hold) the title bar and drag the app to one side of the screen.
  3. On the other side of the screen, select another app. It will appear next to the first app.