How to Turn On Your Dell Monitor (2023 Info)

As a small business entrepreneur who assists clients with technology issues, I often get asked how to properly turn on Dell monitors. Whether you just unboxed a new Dell monitor or are troubleshooting one that‘s unresponsive, following these steps will get your display up and running.

Identify and Locate the Power Button

The first step is to verify which Dell monitor model you have and locate the power button.

  • Newer Dell monitors like the S2721QS and U2723QE have their power buttons on the bottom right edge.
  • Older models like the U2415 place the button on the bottom center or on the side.

Check your monitor‘s manual or Dell‘s website for the exact power button position. Knowing where the button is located will make the next steps much easier.

Securely Connect the Power Cable

Before pressing the power button, you need to plug in the AC power cable.

  • Use the cable that came with your specific Dell monitor to ensure compatibility.
  • Insert the cable firmly into the power port on the back of the monitor.
  • Make sure the other end is plugged into a grounded electrical outlet, power strip, or surge protector.

According to a 2022 survey by J.D. Power, Dell ranks #1 in customer satisfaction for monitor reliability, so you can feel confident your display will turn on once powered.

Press the Power Button

This is the moment you‘ve been waiting for!

  • Press the power button once firmly and keep holding it for 1 second.
  • The button will glow white and the monitor will start powering up.

If the power light doesn‘t turn on or you don‘t see anything on the display, don‘t worry – the next section covers troubleshooting tips.

Connect Your Video Input Cables

To send video from your computer to the Dell monitor, connect the appropriate cable between your PC and the monitor‘s video input port.

Modern Dell monitors support HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA inputs.

  • HDMI – Carries HD video and audio signals. Offers easy plug-and-play connectivity.
  • DisplayPort – Supports high resolution video and audio. Provides higher bandwidth than HDMI.
  • VGA – An analog video connection. Only carries video signals. Provides lower resolution for older PCs.

I recommend using HDMI or DisplayPort cables whenever possible for the best display quality.

Configure Your Display Settings

Once powered on and connected, optimize your Dell monitor‘s settings:

  • Brightness – Increase/decrease to customize light intensity. I prefer around 65% brightness for comfortable viewing.
  • Input Source – Select HDMI, DisplayPort, etc based on your video cable connection.
  • Resolution – Match your Dell monitor‘s max resolution for sharpest image. For 27" monitors, 2560 x 1440 is ideal.

Refer to your monitor‘s on-screen menu using the buttons on the bottom or side edge to tweak these settings.

Troubleshooting Tips

If your Dell monitor isn‘t turning on, don‘t panic. As an entrepreneur who has helped many small business owners with monitor issues, I recommend trying these troubleshooting steps:

  • Press and hold the power button for 10-15 seconds to force a hard reset.
  • Reseat both ends of the video cable to ensure a secure fit.
  • Test the monitor‘s video port with another device like a laptop to confirm it works.
  • Update your PC and monitor to the latest firmware and graphics drivers.
  • Try replacing the video cables with ones you know are functioning properly.
  • If problems persist, contact Dell‘s customer support team for advanced troubleshooting help.

I hope these detailed steps help explain how to successfully turn on your new or existing Dell monitor. Let me know if you need any assistance getting your display up and running. I‘m always happy to help fellow entrepreneurs with their tech issues.