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Can I Connect My Computer to My TV?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I've been thinking of getting a 32-inch HDTV to use as a monitor for my laptop and desktop. Can you connect a computer to a HDTV using the HDMI cable? -- Teddy, Brooklyn, New York.

You sure can, Teddy, and here's how:

First, shut off your computer and TV. Second, connect the HDMI cable to your HDMI port on your computer and then connect the other end to the HDMI port on your TV.

Next, set your TV's screen by using the Input or Video button on your remote to Monitor. That normally delivers the best picture for content delivered via a computer, such as a web site. (One note: if you are connecting a laptop, try hitting the F8 key if you have trouble getting an image on your TV screen.)

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Finally, go to a web page on your desktop or laptop and it should show up on your television.

If your computer doesn't have a HDMI port, you can also use a S-Video connection, the VGA port or the DVI connection. For more information, consult your TV's manual.

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