How To Operate Projector: A Step By Step Guide

By Arindam Roy

The introduction should briefly explain what the article is about. There are many articles online that go through how to operate a projector in detail. This article will only cover one aspect of operating a projector – turning it on.

If you have never operated a projector before, don’t worry! This article should be able to guide you through the process step by step. Here is how to turn on your projector:

This guide will teach you how to project the screen using a projector.

Operating a projector can be difficult and frustrating. This article will outline the steps required to get it up and running and help you avoid some of the pitfalls that can ruin your day. The guide includes operating the projector on an HDTV, laptop, or even in a classroom for presentations or classrooms.

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The first thing you’ll need is a laptop or computer with an HDMI port and one of the following:

USB 3.0, Display Port, DVI-D or VGA ports. The computer/laptop will then be plugged into the projector via a cable that connects from the aforementioned connector port (HDMI) to one of a matching type on the projector – HDMI, HDTV Component Video Jacks (Blue/Red), Display Port or Mini-Display port, DVI-I or VGA cable).

The projector will then be plugged into a power source using the same type of cable as that used to link it to the computer.

This process is the same for almost all projectors, however there are a few that do not have all of the listed types of input. If you know of other types of projector though, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.


Turn on the projector and make sure it is on.


Connect the projector to your HDTV by turning each device on.

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Open up Windows Movie Maker and go to Edit -> Preferences -> Display Settings and select the “Overlay Video” (or similar setting) option. In this example, I am using a laptop in my classroom instead of an HDTV. I use Windows 8, but you may have different versions of Windows. If you do not see a setting in the preferences menu that allows you to select “Overlay Video”, click “Settings” in the right-hand side corner of your screen. Select “Project” from the left-hand side menu and click on the button showing you how to activate your projector. Follow the directions.


Open up Windows Movie Maker (if you do not have it, go to Windows 8, Start -> All apps -> Windows Accessories -> Movie Maker).

Step 5:

Drag and drop video clips onto timeline by clicking a video clip on the right-hand side of screen or dragging a file from your desktop or a folder into the screen. Alternatively, you may also drag and drop still images into the timeline. To add audio, click on “Audio”, select your audio file of choice, then drag and drop it onto the timeline with an image or video clip. Alternatively, you may also drag and drop audio files into the timeline.

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Step 6:

Adjust audio and video levels by clicking on “Filters” -> “Adjust” -> “Levels…”. Then follow the directions to adjust your video or sound levels. If your video looks like a blank, blue screen, then make sure to adjust your audio and video levels as described in this step. If you still want to keep a blank background, follow the directions in step 7 of this article.

Step 7:

Add titles or subtitles to your media file by clicking on “Titles/Subtitles”. Drag and drop a title or subtitle down onto the timeline. Alternatively, select the text and copy it, then right click on the timeline -> Paste -> Overlay Text (selecting “Overlay Text” will result in white or black subtitles for every clip).

Step 8:

Render your movie by clicking on “Project -> Render As…”. Select your device you want to project from the dropdown menu. If you are having problems rendering your video, then try rendering it without audio.

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Step 9:

Play your movie using Windows Media Player or another media player of choice.

STEP 10:

Congratulations. You have completed the process to project using a projector. Enjoy!

To avoid some of the problems that can affect your ability to run a projector, I highly recommend installing your projector properly and verifying that it functions as it should be before attempting to set up the projector for operation on an HDTV. If you are having issues with a computer or device,


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