Watching High Holy Day services on a large screen: How to connect your laptop to your TV

If you are interested in viewing High Holy Day services on your TV rather than your computer or laptop monitor, follow these instructions.

Note that every computer and TV are slightly different, and that these instructions may not apply perfectly to your computer-laptop setup. Doing this requires a laptop or computer with an HDMI port (most modern laptops have this port; it is likely located on the side of your device— see picture at right), and an HDMI cable.

  1. Locate the HDMI port on your computer or laptop, and plug one end of the HDMI cable into it.
  2. Locate the HDMI port on your TV monitor (either on the rear or side of the TV), and plug the other end of the HDMI cable into it. Take note of the label associated with the port (it will likely be labeled “HDMI 1,” “HDMI 2,” or “HDMI 3”).
  3. Using your TV remote, locate and click on the “Input” or “Source” button. A menu should pop up on your TV. Use the remote to select the input/source associated with the port on the TV that you plugged the cable into  in step 2 (i.e., HDMI 1,” “HDMI 2,” or “HDMI 3”).
  4. At this point, the TV monitor should mirror your computer screen—displaying your computer desktop or any windows that you have open. You may use your computer mouse and keyboard as needed to click on and launch the HHD services.
  5. After finishing High Holy Day services, unplug the HDMI cable from your TV and computer. Using the TV remote, again locate and click on the “Input” or “Source” button. On the menu, toggle back to the original input/source that you had (i.e., before step 3) to restore your original TV settings.

For a step-by-step walkthrough, below is a helpful video:

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