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You can attach a second monitor to your Mac to increase the viewing area for your computer. The mini displayport included on your computer allows you to export the video from the graphics card to external displays. Turn off the PC and the monitor. Locate the connection port on the rear of the monitor from your PC. Disconnect the video cable from the monitor. DVI ports are rectangular in shape and have square-shaped pins.


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The iMac features one of the best displays on the market, and if you are lucky to have a 4K retina monitor, the vibrant screen is likely to make your workflow more pleasant. To answer the question right away — yes, it is possible to use your iMac as a PC monitor. If your Mac has a Retina Display, this is not possible.

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This article will provide a step-by-step guide on how to do it, as well as an overview of the necessary gear. Setting up your iMac for use as a PC monitor is much easier than you might think, but it will only work if you have a compatible iMac model and cable.

How to use an imac as a monitor for pc

The first thing you need to do is check if your iMac can be used as a secondary monitor. Take a look at the ports, and if your iMac features a Thunderbolt or Mini Display Port, it can be used as a monitor.

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Certain other models up to late might also be used as a secondary display. In a few seconds, you should be able to see the screen of your PC mirrored on the iMac. In general, setting the video output to x on your PC should match the screen resolution of an older iMac,and some models.

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However, Apple introduced 4K retina displays across the inch line in These iMacs have a native resolution of x which might be hard to match if you are using a laptop. Plus, Target Display Mode might not be available.

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Regardless of the iMac model you have, it can be used as a second screen for your PC. But you should know that the iMac needs to run Windows 10 Home or Pro for the trick to work. Apple has more instructions on running Windows on Mac via Boot Camp here.

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At the bottom of the window, make sure you give your computer a nameespecially if you have multiple machines at your home. The PC will look for available displays and your iMac should appear in the .

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Click on the iMac and your PC should show both displays. For example, if you are mirroring to a 5K iMac, the resolution of x should work fine, but this depends on the exact iMac and PC model you are using. While you may have difficulty connecting the two if certain criteria are not met, for those with the proper cables and the Target Display Mode equipped, you can use an iMac as a monitor for a PC. Have you tried using your iMac as a PC monitor?

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The inch Apple iMac is both a computer and a monitor in one package.


While not commonly practiced due to Apple's proprietary monitor input de, an Apple monitor can be connected to a PC.