We answer: Can Windows 10 run three monitors?

By: Lily Smith
4 minute read
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Does Windows 10 support three monitors? The answer is definitely ‘Yes’. These days, multiple monitor configurations are somehow a common thing as multitasking on a single screen is just too restrictive. Having three monitors can be really useful when you need to see a lot of information at once or when we are talking about comparing spreadsheets, writing articles while also doing research, coding while also looking over documentation, playing games etc. The time you would otherwise spend moving or resizing windows is time wasted. In the article down below, you will find out.

How to setup 3 monitors on Windows 10

  1. Things you should consider before setting up three monitors
  2. How to set up three monitors in Windows 10
  3. How to personalize your setup – taskbar and wallpaper

1. Things you should consider before setting up three monitors

The first thing you should consider is how many graphic ports does your computer have: VGA, HDMI, DVI or DisplayPort. You can set up multiple monitors using the ports on your graphics card but also the ports on your motherboard. Please keep in mind that although you have more than two ports, it does not necessarily mean that you can use all of them at the same time. In order to check this, you need to do a little research so go to Google’s page and search for your graphics card model and the terms “three monitors”. For example: NVIDIA  Quadro K1200 three monitors.

If you find out that your graphics card does not support three monitors, the solution is to buy an additional graphics card. If you need to buy an additional graphics card, please make sure there is enough space in your computer and you have enough slots. If your monitor has DisplayPort multi streaming support, you can use DisplayPort cables to connect extra monitors to one another.

2. How to set up three monitors in Windows 10

To choose how you want to use your display on Windows 10, press Windows + P keys on your keyboard. A sidebar with four options will appear and you will be able to quickly choose a new display mode:

  • PC screen only – when you use only the primary monitor
  • Duplicate – Windows will show the same image on all monitors
  • Extend – multiple monitors combine to give you an enlarged desktop
  • Second screen only – only the second monitor will be used

You should choose the Extend option when you use three monitors. In order to configure your displays on Windows 10:

  1. Go to Settings and then go to System
  2. Navigate to Display
  3. Click on Identify to drag and drop the displays so that Windows can understand the way they are physically positioned
  4. Choose between Landscape and Portrait to change the selected display orientation
  5. Click Apply to save the changes

Note: If Windows did not succeed to detect all your three monitors, hit the Detect button

detect multiple displays

3. How to personalize your set up – taskbar and wallpaper

Windows 10 allows you to extend your Windows taskbar across multiple monitors. In order to activate this feature:

  1. Right click on the desktop  and choose Personalize
  2. Go to Taskbar and enable Show taskbar on all displaypersonalization-taskbar

You can also choose how you want taskbar buttons to appear, whether a window’s buttons should appear in the taskbar only on that window’s display or on all displays.

If you want, you can set up different wallpapers for each monitor or you can have a folder full of images that is randomly shuffled as desktop wallpapers with a different image on the three screens you are using:

  1. Right click on the desktop and choose Personalize
  2. Select Slideshows and click on Browse under Choose albums for your slideshows
  3. Adjust the parameter Change picture every to the time you want a new image to be selected
  4. Enable Shuffle and choose Fill

Note: If you want to have the same image on all three monitors, choose Span.

We hope we succeeded to show you that using three displays is not that complicated once you have all of the right parts, and once you know they all go together. Please let us know about your experience in the comments section down below.

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