Three Simple Steps to Cast Your Desktop to Your TV
If you want to connect your computer to your TV, you have several options, the most common of which is to use an HDMI cable. However, this can be very limiting. Luckily, Google’s Chromecast has the solution. Chromecast allows you to wirelessly cast your desktop to your TV so that you can display the content of your device without being limited by cable lengths.
Casting from the Chrome Browser
Connecting your TV to your desktop is incredibly easy with Chromecast, and there’s no need to download an extension; everything is right there in your Chrome browser. Here’s what you need to do:
- To mirror your screen, you will first need to open Google Chrome on your PC.
- Click on the Chrome menu icon, or right-click, and select Cast” from the available options.
- A dropdown menu will appear, and you will have the option to cast your entire desktop, a video from supported sites, such as Netflix, or a Chrome tab only. Select which option you require.
Casting Your Desktop
If you opt for the “Cast desktop” option, you will be required to choose exactly which elements of your desktop you wish to cast and whether you will also share the sound.
Throughout the active mirroring, a message will appear at the bottom of your screen to inform you that the screen is being shared. You can dismiss this option. To end the session, simply select “Stop sharing.”
Casting a Browser Tab
To cast a browser tab, select the “Cast tab” option, and select the required tab from the list. If you fail to select a source, Chromecast will cast the active tab.
You can adjust the volume or stop casting by clicking on the Chrome menu icon, or right-clicking, and then selecting “Stop” from the available options.
Casting a Supported Website
Many streaming websites, such as YouTube and Netflix, offer support for Chromecast and will feature a “Cast” icon to that effect.
To cast a supported website, simply click on this icon and select the “Cast” option. Alternatively, you can choose the “Select source” option and select the service you require from the available list.
When you cast from a supported website, Chromecast streams video directly; as such, you will find the performance much sleeker. The interface will also second as a remote control through which you can manage the audio or video of the content you are casting.