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Target Display Mode is an iMac feature allowing its monitor to be used as the display for another connected Mac.

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How to troubleshoot 2013 Mac Pro without working display? (Recent MacBooks + iPads available if helpful; Catalina/Big Sur)

Briefly: Is there any way to test a Mac Pro (2013, cylinder model, Big Sur) without a working display — either without a display, or using a recent USB-C MacBook (particularly MBP 2019, MBP 2020, and ...
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can i use iMac (Retina 5k, 27-inch, Late 2015) as target monitor? [duplicate]

i have an iMac 2020 and a late 2015 iMac. I wish to know if it’s possible to use the latter as target display monitor. and if yes, which cable should i buy? thanks
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Using a mid 2010 27“ iMac as a second screen for a mid 2015 27” 5k iMac [duplicate]

I would like to use my ageing 27" iMac (mid 2010 model) as a second screen for my mid 2015 5k model as my even older 24" Cinema Display finally gave up the ghost. I have tried hooking them ...
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Target display mode almost working, but need disconnect/reconnect

I'm using a 2010 iMac in target display mode with a newer Mac over a USB-C --> Mini DpsplayPort cable. It works except that I can only enable it by disconnecting and reconnecting the cable. When I ...
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Question about cables needed for using a Macbook Air 2013 OR Macbook Pro 2020 laptop with iMac 2013 AND Thunderbolt Display screens

I have the following hardware and I'm a little lost on knowing what cables I need to purchase: iMac 27-inch, Late 2013 Thunderbolt Display (not sure which model exactly, or how to check?) Macbook Pro ...
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MBP 16' 2019 + iMac late 2012 = Issues with the screen when entering sleep mode

I'm dealing with some issues in Target Display mode. When I use Command + F2 everything runs fine. But when some time happens without activity it just cease to work. I have cancel sleep mode in my ...
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MBP + iMac late 2012. Target Mode. Audio from iMac not working

I'm using my MBP 16' in target mode to an iMac 21'5 late 2012. I thought the audio could not be played through iMac speakers (or a digital output in this case) but when a enter Target Mode the first ...
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Targert Display Mode - Switch from one to another

I have an iMac 2011 on High Sierra and a computer (only unit) with Windows 10 on it. When I plug the Win10 via MiniDisplayPort on the iMac 2011, no problem, I can see the monitor and can switch from ...
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Unable to Project MacBook Pro Screen to Old iMac [duplicate]

I have a new MacBook Pro which I am not able to connect to my old iMac so I can use iMac as my secondary monitor. Details of MacBook and iMac MacBook Pro: 13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports iMac: ...
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iMac as a secondary display [duplicate]

I have a 2012 iMac running Catalina and I'd like to use it as a secondary display to my MacBook Pro. I connected the two computers via a USB cable and hit both ⌘ CommandF2 and then tried ⌘ CommandFnF2....
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How to use iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) as a second monitor for Macbook Pro (13-inch, 2020)? [duplicate]

I bought Thunderbolt 3 (USB-c) to Thunderbolt 2 by Apple and Thunderbolt Cable (0,5m). Cmd+F2 doesn't work for me. I guess it's just because Apple now prevents to use old iMacs as monitor with new ...
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Target Display Mode using 2019 MBP and 2012 iMAC

I currently have: 2019 MBP on MacOS 10.14.6 2012 iMAC on MacOS 10.14.6 (thunderbolt 2) I am connecting them to each other using a Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 adapter, both of which are brand new....
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Why is target display mode not working?

So I have a windows pc, and I thought it would be cool if I could use my iMac as a monitor. I did some research, and I've got the right model (mid-2011), and I'm using a Thunderbolt 2 to HDMI cable, ...
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What are the requirements to use iMac screen as a second monitor - Target Display Mode?

I have a Surface Pro 4 and an iMac (late 2019). I would like to connect my Surface Pro to the iMac to use the iMac screen as a second monitor. Is that possible? What are the requirements to use an ...
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Using iMac late 2013 as external monitor to HP EliteBook 820 G3 on Windows 10

Is it at all possible to use my 21.5 inch late 2013 iMac as an external monitor on which I can extend the display of my HP EliteBook 820 G3? These are the ports that I'm working with on both devices:
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Which 27" iMac can be used as external display on a MaBook Pro Mid 2015?

What is the latest 27" iMac model which can be used as an external display on a MaBook Pro 15" Mid 2015? And can I run latest macOS on both MBP and iMac to have this working or need to use older ...
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Can I use an iMac 2014 as a display for a Mac mini

I would like to use my iMac 2014 as a display for a Mac mini that I intend to buy. Will this work?
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Can I use my iMac late 2015 non-retina display in Target Mode?

I'm trying to connect my Macbook Air (early 2015) to my iMac (late 2015 non-Retina display). I know that the 2015 Retina display iMac can't be used in Target Display Mode, but does that mean non-...
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Using iMac in Target Display Mode with a MacBook Pro

I'd like to use my old iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) as an external display for my old MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009). The hard drive in the iMac is failing, so until I get it replaced, I've installed ...
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Using multiple iMacs (27 inch 2009) as displays

I have 3 Apple iMacs (27 inch, 2009). Is it possible to use two of those iMacs as displays for the other iMac? If so, how do I achieve this?
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Automator and/or AppleScript to automatically Command-F2 to enter Target Display Mode

I'm trying to use Automator with AppleScript to automatically hit Command + F2 to enter Target Display Mode. The script runs but I just get a beep/tone with no action. I don't know if there's an error ...
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Using an iMac as a display for PC laptop in dual mointor configuration

My goal is to have two large monitors for my PC laptop without having to purchase new monitors. My current setup is a late 2013 27” iMac with a 27” Thunderbolt Display. For work I was given a Lenovo ...
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Target display mode mojave

I'm trying to use target display mode with a MacBook Pro (Late 2015) as the main computer and an iMac (Late 2013) as the one to switch to TDM. Both devices are running the same version of Mojave (10....
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iMac Target Display Mode black screen

I use an iMac with Target Display Mode from a Macbook Pro. Sometimes when I enable Target Display Mode, the iMac screen stays black, even if my Macbook Pro's display suggests that another monitor has ...
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Connect Xbox to iMac

I am trying to connect my xbox to my iMac using a Thunderbolt HDMI adapter. One end is an HDMI port, which I plugged my xbox HDMI cord into and then I plugged the Thunderbolt into my computer The ...
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I am unable to to project my screen from a Windows laptop to iMac using HDMI to Thunderbolt 2

I am unable to project my screen as an extended screen to my Late 2012 21 inch iMac from my Dell XPS L502X. Please guide me through steps which I can follow. I am using an HDMI to Thunderbolt 2 ...
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Do USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 cables exist?

I’m purchasing a 2017 MacBook Pro and plan to use my old Mid-2011 iMac as a monitor in Target Display Mode. I’ve discovered I need a USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 connection to make this work, but I’m ...
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Target Display Mode for Mid 2011 iMac and 2018 MacBook Pro

Is it possible to use a Mid 2011 iMac as a second monitor for a 2018 MacBook Pro? I've been unable to get the Target Display mode to work on the iMac when the two are connected via a Thunderbolt 3 (...
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Having trouble getting Target Display mode to work with Apple's Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter with new MacBook pro?

I have a new macbook pro (2018) and want to connect it to my old iMac 2011 using target display mode. I used to be able to do this just fine with my old MacBook pro (mid 2012) that had a thunderbolt 2 ...
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Use an iMac 5k or iMac 4k 2017 as a target display with Macbook Pro retina early 2013

I have a Macbook Pro Retina early 2013 and I'd like to know if it's possible to use a brand new iMac 5K maybe the 4K 2017 as a target display for that macbook, is that possible, do I need an adapter ...
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Video out from MacBook to iMac via thunderbolt

I know there is no way to receive a video input from HDMI to most macs, however, I am curious if this could be done over thunderbolt. If so what protocols would be used (RIP target display mode) to "...
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Use built-in iMac camera on display connected via Thunderbolt

I've got a 27" iMac connected via Thunderbolt using Target Display Mode. It all works fine. I am wondering if there is a way (hack or otherwise) to activate and use the built-in camera from the iMac ...
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Command + F2 has stopped enabling Target DIsplay Mode

Command + F2 to enable Target Display Mode (using a Thunderbolt cable between my two iMacs) has mysteriously stopped working. I have a new iMac and an older iMac (late 2012) both running 10.13.4.
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Is it possible to use 2011 iMac as display for Windows 7 PC with DVI? [duplicate]

I've seen this question asked before but the answers either didn't quite seem to address the question, or were very old so I'd like to see if there's any way to do this today. I have a mid-2011 iMac ...
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Target Display Mode troubles, can't disconnect anymore

I used to run my 15" MBP with 21.5" iMac in Target Display Mode and everything was fine for a while. But as of a couple recent macOS upgrades, every time I disconnect, the iMac never restores to it's ...
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Bypassing AMD Radeon GPU of 27" iMac (mid 2011) for Target Display Mode purposes

I have the 27" mid-2011 iMac that was recalled due to an issue with its AMD 6970M card (1GB for me), but in my case it just malfunctioned after 6 years and it's out of warranty and not eligible for ...
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Target Display Mode between a Dell XPS and 2013 iMac

I have been searching for a long time for the answer to this question. I have a Dell XPS laptop with minidisplay port out and a 2013 iMac. Can I buy a mini-display port cable and connect it to the ...
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Target Display Mode from a 2016 MacBook to a 2011 27" iMac

My Google-fu has failed me. Is it at all possible to use Target Display Mode to connect a 12-inch MacBook (early 2016) to a 27-inch iMac (Mid 2011)? Thanks for helping.
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Is there any way to put iMac to sleep (or other low power mode) while using it in target display mode?

When I connect to my mid-2010 27" iMac in Target Display Mode, fans hum and hard disks spin (with occasional I/O). Being logged out in iMac's macOS doesn't help. Is it possible to lower this ...
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I would like to use iMac as a display, but without loading an OS

I have a late 2009 27" iMac, but recently the internal hard drive completely died. When I try to power it up, the iMac gets stuck on the white Apple loading screen. So instead I would now like to use ...
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Target Display Mode between MacBook Pro and iMac won't work

I try to use my iMac as a external screen or otherwise if possible, but when I press ⌘ CommandF2 nothing happened. I also try fn⌘ CommandF2 just to be sure MacBook Pro 2012 iMac 27" 2012 Using ...
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Is it possible to use an iMac in Target Display mode with a 2016 MacBook Pro with USB-C?

Before they went Retina, iMacs could be used as displays in Target Display Mode. Is this possible with the new Touch Bar / USB-C MacBook Pros (late 2016) via the USB-C ports? They don't have a Mini ...
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How to lock screen of host machine with TDM on Sierra

I regularly use my iMac as an external display for my macbook using target display mode (TDM). Since upgrading my iMac to Sierra, the screen locking behavior has changed in a disturbing way. I'm ...
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Start iMac in Target Display Mode without dedicated keyboard

I have an older iMac which I am retiring as a display. It works well enough in target display mode, but I have keep the keyboard around just to switch it to display mode. Is there a way to boot the ...
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Is bootcamp 6.0 supporting Target Display mode of an Imac to a Windows 10 OS?

I have a 2014 iMac with a Bootcamp version 6.0 installed. I want to use it as a display for a MacBook Pro running windows 10 via thunderbolt to thunderbolt cable. Is that possible? or only works from ...
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Possible to continue using iMac keyboard on iMac, when another computer connects in Target Display Mode?

I have a MacBook Pro which I use to connect to my iMac, using Target Display Mode (TDM) via Thunderbolt. Furthermore, I've got a secondary screen connected to my iMac via an DVI cable. When I invoke ...
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Can't control volume from connected computer when in Target Display Mode

I frequently hook up my MacBook Pro to my iMac in Target Display Mode, and use my iMac's speakers. The big drawback with this setup is that the volume control is grayed out in the menu bar of the ...
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How to use the secondary mac's keyboard when using Target Display Mode

I basically want to be able to connect my MacBook to my stationary Mac and use the keyboard and mouse on the MacBook. Is this possible? Ideally using standard software.
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Targeted Display Mode using Henge Docks Vertical Dock

I have a 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina Display and a Late 2012 21" iMac. I just purchased a Henge Docks Vertical Dock, to use at home, and the plan is to pop my MacBook Pro in and then use the iMac in ...
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How to use iMac mid 2010 (21.5 inch display) as monitor

I have a late 2014 macbook pro, and i am trying to use my 21.5" iMac as just a display via the thunderbolt cable. But it doesn't seem to be working, what do I need to change to do so?