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While not commonly practiced due to Apple's proprietary monitor input design, an Apple monitor can be connected to a PC. Connecting an Apple monitor to one of your business PCs first requires an understanding of the different types of monitor connections that Macs and PCs use. The two most common PC monitor connection types are VGA and DVI, while Mac monitors commonly use the DisplayPort or Thunderbolt connector types.


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Shut down your computer and monitor, then disconnect your current monitor if necessary.


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Locate the monitor cable port on the back of your PC and the Mac monitor. To identify the connector types, examine the shape of the connector, count the number of pins or holes and take note of the configuration of the pins or holes. The Mac Thunderbolt connector looks identical to the mini-DisplayPort connector, but is differentiated by a thunderbolt-shaped icon near the port.


Insert the Mac connector cable into its corresponding port on the monitor. If the opposite end of your Mac connector cable has pins, you will need a female Mac to PC converter, while if it has holes, you will need a male Mac to PC converter.


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Connect the PC connector cable to your computer's monitor port and examine the opposite end of your PC connector cable. If the cable has pins, you will need a Mac to PC converter with a female PC side, while if it has holes, your converter must have pins on the PC side.


Connect the PC cable to the converter, then connect the Mac cable. Tighten all connections if necessary, then power on your monitor and computer.

Things Needed

  • Mac to PC monitor converter
  • Mac monitor cable
  • PC monitor cable


  • Because there are numerous possible combinations of Mac to PC monitor connectors, confirm your connector types prior to purchasing a converter. The Mac to PC monitor converter must correspond with the male (pinned) and female (unpinned) connections of your PC and Mac cables.
  • Access the display settings in the control panel to configure your monitor for optimal performance.

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Anthony Oster is a licensed professional counselor who earned his Master of Science in counseling psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has served as a writer and lead video editor for a small, South Louisiana-based video production company since 2007. Oster is the co-owner of a professional photography business and advises the owner on hardware and software acquisitions for the company.

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