Share your entire Windows Desktop Screen with Chromecast

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP by Steve Sinchak

If you own a Google Chromecast streaming device, you can easily share a browser tab in Chrome browser or even your entire desktop.  This can be very useful when presenting from your laptop or if you just want to watch something on a big screen that is only on your PC.  The only requirement is you must be on the same network as your Chromecast device and using a recent version of the Chrome browser. 

To get started, you no longer need to download the Google Cast browser extension for Chrome. Starting with Chrome version 51 (released in May of 2016) Google built “casting” directly into the browser. You can download the latest version of Chrome by clicking here.

Once installed, bring up the browser menu by clicking on the three dots on far right of the address bar.

Chrome browser menu

Select Cast on the menu.

Select Cast from the chrome browser menu

This will bring up the casting menu where you select what you want to cast and to where.  First, we need to configure it to cast the entire desktop.  Click the down arrow next to “Cast to” to configure the source.

Select what you want to cast with Chromecast

Next, select Cast desktop. 

Select Desktop to cast the entire screen

Click the name of the Chromecast device you want to stream to.

Select the Chromecast device you want to stream to

 Finally, click Share. If you have multiple monitors, you can pick which desktop to share on this screen.

Select which screen you want to share

When you want to stop streaming your desktop, just click the cast icon next to the address bar and click Stop.

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