How to Use Displaylink on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

How to Use Displaylink on Mac

Displaylink is a powerful technology that allows you to connect multiple displays to your Mac. Whether you need extra screen real estate for work or want to set up a multi-monitor gaming setup, Displaylink makes it easy to expand your workspace. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of using Displaylink on your Mac.

Step 1: Download and Install the Displaylink Driver

To get started, you’ll need to download and install the Displaylink driver for Mac. You can find the latest version of the driver on the official Displaylink website. Once downloaded, double-click on the installer package and follow the on-screen instructions to install it.

Step 2: Connect Your Displaylink Dock or Adapter

After installing the driver, connect your Displaylink dock or adapter to your Mac using a USB cable. Make sure that your Mac is powered on and running.

Step 3: Configure Display Settings

Once connected, go to System Preferences on your Mac and click on Displays. You should see a new tab labeled “DisplayLink”. Click on it to access the settings for your display.

In the DisplayLink settings, you can adjust various options such as resolution, orientation, and screen arrangement. You can also choose whether you want your displays mirrored or extended.

Tips:

  • Mirror Displays: If you want all connected displays to show the same content, check the box next to “Mirror Displays.”
  • Extend Desktop: If you want each display to function as a separate workspace, leave the “Mirror Displays” box unchecked.
  • Arranging Displays: To adjust the position of your displays, simply drag and drop them in the Display arrangement window.

Step 4: Customize Display Preferences

In addition to the basic display settings, you can further customize your Displaylink setup by clicking on the “Arrangement” tab. Here, you can adjust the relative position of each display by dragging them around. You can also set a primary display by dragging the menu bar to the desired screen.

Tips:

  • Main Display: Your main display is where your desktop icons and Dock will appear by default. Dragging the white bar at the top of a display in the Arrangement tab will set it as your main display.
  • Mirror Displays Shortcut: If you frequently switch between mirrored and extended displays, you can enable a shortcut in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Mission Control. Assign a keyboard shortcut for “Toggle Mirrored Displays” to easily switch between modes.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Expanded Workspace!

Once you have configured your Displaylink settings to your liking, click on “Apply” to save your changes. Your additional displays should now be active and ready for use. Enjoy your expanded workspace!

Note: While Displaylink offers great convenience for connecting multiple displays to your Mac, it’s important to note that it may consume more system resources than using native ports on your Mac. If you experience any performance issues or compatibility problems, make sure you have installed the latest driver updates from Displaylink’s website.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to use Displaylink on your Mac. Now you can take advantage of the extra screen space for increased productivity or immerse yourself in a multi-monitor gaming experience.

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