How to optimize your Chromebook for an external monitor

by Joseph K. Clark

While the screens on most Chromebooks continue to improve with each generation, they still don’t compare to how wonderful it is to spread out all of your windows and apps across multiple monitors. There is plenty of great external Chromebook monitors out there to be had. Still, whether yours is 4K or 1080p, whether it’s HDMI (via a USB-C hub) or a native USB-C monitor, there are a few settings you can tweak you can improve your experience with external monitors.

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How to adjust monitor position and resolution in Chrome OS

  1. Tap the time in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

  2. Tap the settings gear.
  3. Under Device, tap Displays.
  4. Tap the Mirror Built-in display toggle off.
  5. Drag the monitor previews in the Arrangement section around until they match up with the real-world arrangement.
  6. Tap the external monitor’s name.
  7. Drag the Display size slider right or left until the elements on the external monitor are a comfortable size.
  8. Look at the bottom of your screen. If the dock across the bottom has icons that are cut off on any side, tap Overscan.
  9. Use the arrow buttons and Shift key to adjust the image size on your external monitor.
  10. If you use your monitor a lot at night, tap the drop-down box under Night Light.
  11. Select Sunset to Sunrise.

This should get your monitor in the proper position, density, and format for you to take full advantage of it. Time to double your digital real estate and see how much faster you get done with those monthly reports.

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