Laptop Tips

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Power!  Don’t rely on your laptop’s battery, always use the power supply (and bring an extension cord).  Over time, your laptop will give less and less time on each charge.  The last thing you want in a presentation is to run out of power!

Disable your screensaver! You don’t want to have to apologize for your screensaver coming on midway through a presentation.

Know your Laptop!  Not all laptops detect projectors or displays automatically. It is up to you to know how to detect a projector or external display on your own laptop.

  • For Mac users, this is found under Displays>System Preferences>Detect Displays.
  • For laptops using Windows 7 or later,  press the Windows Key and the letter P,  a display menu will appear and choose Duplicate:

Extended Display

Power Management!  Go to your laptop’s power management settings and make sure the laptop is not set to turn off, standby or hibernate during periods of inactivity.  If your laptop shuts down during a presentation you may end up wasting time rebooting, logging in, or reconnecting to a wireless network.

Resolution!  Make sure the resolution of your laptop matches the resolution of the projector.  The most common resolution on projectors are:

  • 1024×768 (4:3)
  • 1280×800 (16:10)
  • 1920×1080 (16:9)

Most modern laptops and dispaly stems adjusted to match automatically. However, if the screens seem mismatched(items cut-off, fonts oversized, etc.) you may need to adjust your laptop’s display settings:

  • PC:  Start>Control Panel>Display>Adjust Resolution
  • Mac:  Apple Menu>System Preferences>Displays

Closing Time!  Never close your laptop during a presentation – you will have an unsightly bright blue screen behind you if you do!