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How to connect an external monitor to a Mac
This is one of those things that should be easy, but because over the years Apple has changed the ports on Macs it can be difficult to know what connectors you actually need in order to connect a monitor to your Mac. That’s even before you have studied the ports on the back or the display to work out what connector is required there.
Luckily once you know what wire you need to connect your MacBook to your monitor it should be plain sailing.
The steps are relatively simple
Identify which Apple adapter and cable you need to connect the Mac and the monitor by following the guidance below.
Plug it in.
Open System Preferences > Displays.
Click the Arrangement tab.
Do not select the Mirror Displays tickbox (unless you want the second screen to show the same content as your original screen).
Drag the illustrated displays into the arrangement you require.
A white menu bar will be shown at the top of one of the screens. Drag this white bar to the screen you wish to be dominant