Use this keyboard shortcut to stream video from your drive
Shortcuts make life easier -- here's one to speed up the streaming process by accessing your local media library for instant casting. Open the Chrome browser, press Control+O on your Mac, Windows, or Chromebook, and select a video from the pop-up box. This opens the gateway to stream media files from your local drive, connected external drive, or network location onto the browser. Click on the Cast icon on the browser bar and select your Chromecast name. Just keep in mind not all file types will work.
Redirect the sound to your headphones
If you've got Walking Dead cued up while your spouse is in a sleep coma, this certainly isn’t conducive to either party. The LocalCast app lets you pair headphones with your smartphone or iPad so you can enjoy all the blood splatter and zombie chomping you want without disturbing others. Select the Route Audio to Phone option on the Now Playing screen, then pair some wireless sound cans via Bluetooth to your phone. Note: all content must be streamed directly from the app.
Transform an old monitor into a wireless one
Somewhere in the attic lies a Dell computer monitor you’ve been hoarding for the past decade. If it has an HDMI port, you can modify the display into a secondary screen. Though instead of casting movies, we recommend using it to increase productivity. Try beaming Google Docs, program scripts, or web pages and take full advantage of the extra screen real estate.
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