How to Modify Display and Mirroring Settings on Your Chromebook

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Most Google Chromebooks support changes to the monitor's display settings, including screen resolution parameters and visual orientation. Depending on your configuration, you might also be able to connect to a monitor or TV and mirror your Chromebook's display on one or more of those devices.

These display-related features are managed through Chrome OS's Device settings, accessible through the browser or the taskbar.

Change Display Settings on a Chromebook

  1. Open the Chrome web browser and click the menu button. It's the one represented by three horizontal lines, located in the upper right corner of the window.

  2. Click Settings when the drop-down menu appears.

  3. Scroll down until the Device section is visible, then click the Displays button.

Display Options

Resolution: Pick a screen resolution from the Resolution area. You're allowed to modify the width and height, in pixels, that your Chromebook monitor or external display renders.

Orientation: Select a different screen orientations instead of the default setting.

TV alignment: This setting is only available when you are able to adjust the alignment of an externally connected television or monitor.

Options: This section contains two buttons, Start mirroring and Make primary. If another device is available, the "Start mirroring" button will immediately begin showing your Chromebook display on that other device. The "Make primary" button, meanwhile, will designate the currently selected device as the primary display for your Chromebook.