Wireless display technology has advanced significantly in Windows 10 over the last few years, and it’s now being used more widely. Windows’ built-in wireless display support makes it much easier to temporarily add a second monitor, whether you’re casting your screen or connecting to a board room projector. The days of fiddling with cables and adapters are numbered.
Connect to a wireless display
Getting connected isn’t difficult, but it isn’t always the most straightforward process. Regardless of whether you’re connecting to a projector, another Windows PC, or a wireless display adapter, the steps are the same.
Using a keyboard shortcut is the quickest way to connect. To open the Connect panel in Windows 10, press Win+K. It will appear as a flyout to the right of your screen. Alternatively, you can open this flyout by clicking the “Connect” quick settings tile in Action Center (shown above).
You can connect to a variety of wireless devices using the Connect pane, including audio receivers, accessories, and Bluetooth products. It will also detect wireless display receivers, such as Miracast display adapters, which is crucial for us. You may need to enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to ensure that all possible devices appear – you can do this using Action Center’s tiles.
Make sure the device you want to connect to is turned on before searching the Connect pane for it. It should appear in the list after a few seconds, and you can tap it to connect. You may need to follow any instructions that appear on the device you’re connecting to at this point.
Before the device is activated as an additional display, Windows will usually take a few moments to establish the connection. It will then appear in the Connect pane as “Connected.”
You can change the projection mode of the wireless display by clicking the “Change projection mode” link. It will be set to “Duplicate” mode by default, which will mirror your display onto the wireless screen. This is ideal for the vast majority of projection and casting situations.
With the “Extend” option, you can use the display as a second monitor. You can also use only your primary or wireless display, with the other one turned off.
Return to the Connect pane with Win+K when you’re ready to disconnect from the wireless display. You’ll see a “Disconnect” button when you tap the name of your connected device. To end the session and restore your desktop’s previous display settings, press it.
If you’re having trouble connecting a wireless display in Windows 10, Microsoft has troubleshooting help available.