Did you know that the iMac is one of the best monitors for your PC? In fact, with a little tweaking and configuration, it can be your exclusive monitor. It’s all thanks to the Thunderbolt ports on an iMac. You can connect your iMac to another computer — like a PC — and use it as the primary display. There are multiple ways to accomplish this task, but they all have one thing in common: they only require a few cables and zero third-party software. In this article, we will show you how to use iMac as a monitor for PC and other Mac computers. Once you complete these steps, you’ll be able to view everything on your iMac directly from another Mac or PC monitor or TV. Let’s get started!
How To Use iMac As Monitor For Pc
Connect Your iMac to Your PC
Connect your iMac to the other computer using a USB-C or Thunderbolt cable. The only thing you need is a single cable.
Set Up the Display Resolution
Next, you will want to set up the display resolution on your iMac as well as your PC monitor. On your iMac, go to System Preferences > Displays and select “Change resolution” under “Display” in the list of options. On your PC, go to Settings > System > Display and select “Change resolution” under “Monitor.” You should now see two resolutions — one for each display: 2560×1440 (for the iMac) and 1920×1200 (for the PC). Select your desired resolution from the drop-down menu at the top of each window and click “Apply” on both screens. This will ensure that both displays are set at the same resolution for optimum display.
Adjust the Brightness and Contrast
You’ll want to set your iMac to a lower brightness so that it is not too bright on the PC display. You will also want to adjust your PC’s contrast so that the text and images on your iMac are clearly visible. To do this, go to System Preferences > Displays on your iMac and select “Adjust Brightness” under “Display.” Then, slide the brightness bar up or down until you find the right level of brightness for both displays. Once you have adjusted both displays, click “OK” in the dialog box that appears to save the new settings for future use.
Adjust Your PC Monitor Settings
Now that you have set up both monitors, you can adjust some of their settings in order to make them more readable. On your PC, click System > Display from within Settings on the Mac desktop screen by way. Next, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display and adjust the contrast slider in the same way.
Adjust the Screen Scale
To make your iMac’s image look more like a PC monitor, you will need to adjust its screen scale so that it looks more like a standard PC monitor. To do this, go to System Preferences > Displays on your iMac and select “Set Scale Automatically” under “Display.” Be sure to check “Use simple scaling” under “Scaling” if you want the iMac to use simple scaling with no advanced options. Then, click “Change Resolution” in the list of options and select 1024×768 from the drop-down menu next to “Screen resolution for display set automatically by Mac OS X.” This will give your iMac a standard resolution of 1024×768 pixels — which should look similar to how it looks way. Next, go to Settings > System > Display and select “Adjust Contrast” under “Monitor.” Click the font size you want to use in the drop-down menu, then click “Apply” on both screens.
Adjust the Color Space
Next, you’ll need to adjust the color space of your iMac so that it matches your PC monitor or TV. To do this, go to System Preferences > Displays on your iMac and select “Color Space” under “Display.” Select the correct color space from the drop-down menu at the top of each window and click “Apply” on both screens. This will ensure that all colors are displayed accurately on your iMac as well as any other device that displays images using its own color space (like a PS4 or Xbox One).
What You’ll Need
- A piece of paper.
- A pen or pencil.
- A dictionary or thesaurus helps you find the right words to express your thoughts and feelings.
- The courage to write what you feel and think, no matter how embarrassing or uncomfortable it may be for you to do so!
How To Hook Up Your Imac And Pc Together With A Cable
- Connect your iMac and PC with a USB cable.
- Open iTunes on your PC.
- Click the “Devices” tab, then click “Add New Device”.
- Select “Other” from the drop-down menu, and select “iPod” from the list of devices that pops up.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the connection.
- Close the iTunes window, and open iMovie on your Mac.
- Select “Project Settings” from the iMovie menu, and select “Input/Output devices” from the drop-down menu in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Select your connected USB hub from the list of devices, then click “OK” to finish configuring your input and output connections.
How To Hook Up Your Imac And Pc Together With Mac Screen Sharing
- Turn on both your iMac and PC.
- Open the System Preferences application on your iMac.
- Select the Sharing icon in the toolbar and select Screen Sharing from the drop-down menu.
- Click on the drop-down menu next to Computer Name and select your PC. Enter a name for your screen-sharing session, such as “ScreenSharing”. Click “OK” to save this information in your computer’s memory.
- Go to Step 4 of Section 4 above, where you should have left off at Step 3 – Enable Screen Sharing between Mac and PC. You will only be able to do so if you have entered a name for this screen-sharing session in Step 4 of Section 4 above, such as “ScreenSharing”. After you enter this information, click OK. If you don’t do this step, your screen-sharing session will not be enabled between Mac and PC when you click on System Preferences > Sharing > Screen Sharing.
- On your iMac, click on the “Share Screen” button in the toolbar and choose “Screen Sharing”.
- On your PC, go to Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System.
- In the left pane, click on “Remote Desktop”.
- Click on “Allow an app to share your screen” under Remote Desktop Settings. If this option is not available, then you will need to enable remote desktop sharing through a Group Policy setting at the computer or user level. To do this from a computer level, open an elevated command prompt (Start > Run > type cmd ), type gpedit.msc, and press enter. Then navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services . Double-click on Allow An Application To Share Your Screen and change it from Disabled to Enabled. If you are using a User Account Control (UAC) enabled operating system, then you will have to enable this option from the user level.
How To Hook Up Your iMac And Pc Together With Windows Remote Desktop
- On your iMac, open System Preferences.
- Click on the Sharing icon.
- Click on Remote Login and select the Allow check box to allow remote access to your iMac.
- Enter a username and password you want to use with this iMac. If you are using a local account, you can skip this step and go to Step 5 below.
- Click on the OK button in the upper-right corner of the window once you have entered your credentials for access to your iMac from another computer that is running Windows 7 or higher or Mac OS X 10.11 or higher (if running OS X).
There are a number of ways to connect your iMac to your PC. You can choose the one that works best for you and your setup. The important thing is that once you’ve connected the two, you can easily switch between them. You can even switch between iMac and PC at the touch of a button thanks to HyperDrive. When you have both your iMac and PC connected, you can easily jump between the two. This is ideal for people who like to multitask and can’t focus on one thing at a time. It’s also useful if you share a computer with other people because everyone can use their own display!