How to setup 3 monitors in Windows 10 [QUICK GUIDE]

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  • As easy as it is to set up multiple monitors on your PC, there are some things to know beforehand. 
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Windows 10 three monitors

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 juggling with several spreadsheets, writing articles while also doing research, coding, looking over documentation, playing games, etc.

Otherwise, the time spent moving or resizing windows would be wasted time.

So, in the article below, you will find out how to benefit from a multiple monitor set-up on your device.

How do I set up 3 displays on Windows 10?

  1. Things to 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 to consider before setting up three monitors

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You can find dedicated apps that can help make multi-monitor setup easier.

More specifically, an app such as DisplayFusion, for instance, brings several features to your device so that you can add, manage, or customize several monitors from one single hardware unit.

For each added monitor, there’s a separate taskbar to help with keeping things organized.

Besides, the tool allows using either using the built-in functions or creating your own to size and move all the windows to suit your needs.

It even includes a Remote Control feature to integrate and manage the app from a tablet or smartphone.

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In case you want to continue with the manual set-up, the first thing you should consider is how many graphic ports – VGA, HDMI, DVI , or DisplayPort – your computer has.

You can set up multiple monitors using the ports on your graphics card but also the ones on your motherboard.

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 open Google and specifically search for your graphics card model (eg.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. In this case, make sure there is enough space on 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.


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2. How to set up three monitors in Windows 10

  1. To choose how you want to use your display on Windows 10, press Windows + P keys on your keyboard. Choose a new display mode from the available options:How to set up three monitors in Windows 10
    • PC screen only – use only the main 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
  2. You should choose the Extend option when you use three monitors.
  3. Then, configure your displays on Windows 10.
    • Go to Settings and then go to System
    • Navigate to Display
    • Click on Identify to drag and drop the displays so that Windows can understand the way they are physically positioned
    • Choose between Landscape and Portrait to change the selected display orientation
    • Click Apply to save the changes

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

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

  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, where or when you want taskbar buttons to appear.

If you want, you can set up different wallpapers for each monitor. Alternatively, there’s a folder full of images that can be 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 in showing you that using three displays is not that complicated once you have all of the right details, and once you know they all go together.

Please let us know about your experience in the comments section down below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2018 and was updated and revamped in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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