How to cast a website or Windows desktop to a TV

Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope
The Google Chromecast device.

A Chromecast is a handy device that allows users to broadcast a variety of streaming content from their mobile devices to a TV. However, many users don't know that they can view a website or Windows desktop using a PC as well. Casting your browser to your TV means that you can view anything you see in a browser window, including websites like YouTube, Netflix, or Twitch, or any other. Furthermore, casting your desktop shows anything you're doing in Windows, albeit it's a bit slower. As of March 2019, only the Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers have the Cast feature.


For the following steps to work, your Chromecast and TV must be turned on.

Chrome logo

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the The menu icon in Google Chrome. icon in the upper-right corner of the Chrome browser window.
  3. Select Cast from the drop-down menu that appears.

The Cast selector in Google Chrome.

  1. Select your device from the prompt that appears.

The device list on a Chromecast.

  1. You should now see the Google Chrome browser on your TV.

If you click the Sources button, you may choose to cast your desktop or a file stored on your computer, in addition to a browser window.

The source list on Google Chrome.


Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the Edge browser window, click the The More icon in Microsoft Edge. button.
  3. Select More tools from the drop-down menu that appears.

The more tools selector in Microsoft Edge.

  1. Select the Cast to media device option.

The option to cast to a device in Microsoft Edge.

  1. Locate your device in the upper-right corner of the screen.

The device list for casting on Microsoft Edge.

  1. Select a device and your browser should now be able to cast to it.