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How to Freeze My Epson Projector With & Without Remote?


An Epson projector  is incredibly useful when instructing a class or conducting a lecture, but you often need to pause the video stream to explain something further.

The freeze function is the perfect way to do this. It allows you to stop the video stream at a certain frame, so you have the time to go deeper into a concept.

However, how do we freeze an Epson projector, with and without a remote?

We’ve found that the easiest way to freeze an Epson projector is with your projector remote’s Freeze button. If your remote doesn’t have a Freeze button, you can buy a remote that is compatible with your projector . If you can’t get a remote, you can also freeze by extending your display screen on your laptop. 

How to Freeze My Epson Projector With A Remote

EPSON "Freeze" Button - How To

The easiest way to freeze your Epson projector is with the remote that came with your projector.

All you need to do is take your remote, examine its buttons, and find the one that says “Freeze.”

Then, when you are projecting a video stream and want to pause the projection, you can press that button on the remote to freeze it on a certain frame.

However, not all projectors come with remotes, and, even when they do, their remotes don’t always come with a “Freeze” button.

In those cases, we recommend buying a new remote compatible with your projector and which has a “Freeze” button . Many remotes are compatible with Epson projectors, and you can easily find one that is affordable for you.

How to Freeze My Epson Projector Without A Remote

A cosy living room with a projector, a projector screen and a desktop

Sometimes you are stuck with no remote and no time to buy a new one. In these cases, you need to find other ways to freeze your Epson projector without a remote.

The most common method is the Extended Display mode, which means that your projector will act as a second screen so that you can move applications over to the projector screen from your laptop screen. It works as a second display screen.

However, the steps you need to take to freeze your Epson projector depend on what kind of laptop you use: Windows or Apple.

Below, we’ve listed different strategies you can use with a Mac laptop, as well as a Windows laptop.

How to Freeze My Epson Projector With A Mac Laptop

Mac Projector Setup | Extend Display Screen (Projection Mapping)

If you are streaming video content from a Mac laptop , you will need to freeze your Epson projector through the Extended Display mode.

To use the Extended Display mode with a Mac laptop, you can follow these easy steps:

  • Connect your projector to your laptop.
  • Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your laptop screen.
  • Go to your laptop’s System Preferences.
  • Navigate to the Displays settings.
  • In the Displays settings, find Arrangement and click on it.
  • Look for the Extended Mode for Secondary Screens box and click on it.
  • If the Mirror Displays box is checked, make sure to uncheck this, so your projector no longer mirrors your laptop screen.
  • There will be two boxes in the middle of the window. Take note of which one has the white bar since that is your laptop screen, while the other box is your projector.
  • You can drag these boxes around depending on how you want your extended display to be arranged. For example, you can drag the projector screen to the right of your laptop screen so you can access it by moving your mouse to the right.

A Macbook next to an opened book on a wood table

But now that you’re using Extended Display mode, how can you freeze your projector through your Mac laptop?

The most efficient way is to use Presenter View for your presentation. This will create a pop-out window that shows your presenter notes and allows you to control your presentation from a separate window.

Then, you can drag the main presentation window to the projector screen using the Extended Display mode. And if you need to freeze the projection, you can simply press the Pause button in the pop-up Presenter View window.

You can also use shortcut keys to shift from Mirror Display to Extended Display mode.

If you’re using an older Mac laptop, you can usually do this through the F-keys. Although it depends on the model, you typically have to press F1 to F7. 

If you’re using a newer Mac laptop, you have to press the Command Key and the F1 key.

Once you’ve got Extended Display set up, your presentation is good to go!

How to Freeze My Epson Projector With A Windows Laptop

Windows 10: Connecting to a Projector and Using Extended Desktop (Dual Monitors)

If you are streaming video content from a Windows laptop , you have two options for freezing your projector: Extended Display mode and PC Screen Only mode.

If you want to use Extended Display mode, you can follow these simple steps:

  • Connect your projector to your laptop.
  • If you are using Windows 10, go to your laptop’s Action Center.
    • Navigate to Project, which will take you to your Projection settings.
    • From the options, click on Extend to activate Extended Display mode.
  • If you are using previous Windows versions, press the Windows Key and P.
    • This will take you directly to the Project settings.
    • Click on Extend for the Extended Display mode.

Once you have Extended Display mode, you can drag your presentation to the projector screen and control it from your laptop screen.

A laptop next to a projector showing on a screen

However, if you’d like to black out your projector temporarily while you prepare something new, you can use the PC Screen Only mode.

To activate PC Screen Only mode, you can follow these steps:

  • Connect your projector to your laptop. 
  • If you are using Windows 10, go to your laptop’s Action Center.
    • Navigate to Project, which will take you to your Projection settings.
    • From the options, click on PC Screen Only to blackout your projector screen.
  • If you are using previous Windows versions, press the Windows Key and P.
    • This will take you directly to the Project settings.
    • Click on PC Screen Only to blackout your projector screen.

Conclusion

a front ceiling-mounted projector

The easiest way to freeze your Epson projector is by using the “Freeze” button on a projector remote – whether it’s a remote that came with your projector or a compatible remote that you bought.

However, if you can’t use a remote, you can still use your laptop to pause the projection with the Extended Display and PC Screen Only modes.

Extended Display mode allows you to move applications over to the projector screen and keep your laptop screen hidden. PC Screen Only mode will blackout your projector screen temporarily and keep your laptop screen hidden.

For Mac laptops, you have to change your Arrangement settings to use the Extended Display Function.

For Windows laptops, you have to change your Project settings so that you can use either Extended Display or PC Screen Only. 

Whichever method you use, we hope that this article helped you!

Last update on 2021-12-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API.


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