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How to Project Screen in Windows 11

If you have connected more than one display, you can project the screen in Windows 11 in multiple ways. Here is how to do it.

For most laptop users, it is pretty normal to connect one or more displays to it. That way, they will have a bigger and more comfortable screen to work on. This is especially true when they are working at a desk. Often, the same is valid for desktop users. For example, the dual-display configuration is pretty popular among gamers, streamers, and productivity hunters.

Windows makes it pretty easy to connect multiple displays to the computer regardless of the use case.

That being said, when you connect a second display or projector, you might want Windows to behave in a certain way. For example, you might want to duplicate the main screen, use the second display as an extended screen, use only the second screen, etc. In my case, I close the laptop lid and use the second display as my main screen.

Thankfully, Windows has multiple Project modes to accommodate different use cases. All you have to do is select the Project mode, and you are good to go.

So, let me show you how to project the screen in Windows 11 and the project modes without further ado.

Table of contents:

Project modes in Windows 11

Windows 11 offers four project modes. Depending on your use case, you can select the mode of your choice. Here are what those project modes are in Windows 11.

Duplicate these displays: As the name implies, selecting this option will duplicate whatever is on the main screen to the second screen. Put it simply; both screens show the same picture. For instance, if you connected a second display to the laptop and chose this option, you will see what is visible on the laptop screen. As you can guess, this mode is perfect for situations like presentations, seminars, etc.

Extend these displays: Selecting this option will extend the screen. If you need extra screen real estate or set up multiple monitors, you should choose this option.

PC screen only: If you only want to use the PC or primary screen and turn off the secondary screen, you can choose this option.

Second screen only: You should choose this option if you just want to use the secondary screen. As you can guess, most laptop users like to use this option.

Project screen in Windows 11

There are two ways to project display Windows 11. i.e., you can do it from the Quick Settings panel or the Settings app. I will show both methods. Follow the one you are comfortable with.

Project Windows 11 screen from Quick Settings

Windows 11 Quick Settings panel will make it easy to project the screen with just a couple clicks. Here is how to do it in simple steps.

  1. Connect the secondary display.
  2. Click on the “Network” icon on the taskbar.
  3. Click on the “Project” button.
  4. Choose the “Project mode” of your choice.
  5. Selecting the option will start projecting the screen.
  6. With that, you are now projecting the display in Windows 11.
  7. If needed, follow steps 2, 3, & 4 to change project mode.

Same steps with screenshots:

First, make sure the secondary display is connected to the computer. After that, click on the “Network” icon to open the Quick Settings panel. You can also open the same with the “Win + A” keyboard shortcut. After opening it, click on the “Project” button.

project screen in Windows 11

This action will show all the available project modes. Select the project mode of your choice to project screen in Windows 11. I’m selecting “Extend” option so that I can use Windows 11 in dual monitor setup.

select project mode in Windows 11

As soon as you select the option, Windows 11 will project the monitor according to the project mode you selected.

Troubleshooting: If you cannot find the “Project” option in Quick Settings, it might be hidden. To add it back, click on the “Edit” icon at the bottom of the Quick Settings panel, click “Add,” choose the “Project” option, and then press “Done.”

Project Windows 11 screen from Display Settings

You can project the screen from the Display options page in the Windows 11 Settings app. This method is helpful if the Quick Settings panel is not working for some reason or to access advanced display settings. Here is how to do it.

  1. Connect the secondary display.
  2. Open Settings from the Start menu.
  3. Choose “System” on the sidebar.
  4. Press the “Display” option on the main page.
  5. Choose the project mode from the “Multiple displays” dropdown menu.
  6. With that, you are now projecting the display in Windows 11.
  7. If needed, follow steps 2, 3, 4, & 5 to change project mode.

That is all. It is that simple to project a screen in Windows 11.

I hope this simple and easy Windows 11 how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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