How To Set Up 3 Monitors in Windows 11/10

Get the most out of your workspace with this step-by-step guide on how to set up three monitors in Windows 11/10.

In today's fast-paced digital world, multitasking has become essential to our work routine. However, managing multiple tasks simultaneously with a single monitor can be difficult. This is where multiple monitors come in handy.

Setting up multiple monitors can help you multitask more efficiently, increase productivity and make your workflow smoother. With more screen estate, you can easily display multiple windows, applications, and documents side-by-side.

How To Set Up 3 Monitors in Windows 11/10

In this article, we will discuss step-by-step instructions on how to set up three monitors in Windows 11/10, why you should use multiple monitors and the benefits they bring. We will also provide tips on optimizing your setup with the right hardware and software.

Table of Contents

  1. Why Use Multiple Monitors?
  2. Connecting Multiple Monitors to a Laptop
  3. How to Set Up Multiple Monitors in Windows 11
  4. How to Set Up Multiple Monitors in Windows 10

Why Use Multiple Monitors?

Multiple monitors can provide several benefits for users, including:

  • Increased Productivity: With multiple monitors, you can open multiple applications simultaneously, allowing you to switch between them seamlessly. This eliminates the need to switch between windows, saving time and increasing productivity constantly.
  • Multitasking: With multiple monitors, you can work on multiple tasks simultaneously, making it easier to multitask. This can be especially useful for professionals working on different projects simultaneously.
  • More Screen Real Estate: Multiple monitors provide more screen real estate, giving you more space to work with. This can be particularly useful for designers, programmers, and professionals working with multiple windows and applications.
  • Enhanced Viewing Experience: Multiple monitors provide an enhanced viewing experience, allowing you to view different windows and applications side-by-side. This can be particularly useful for video editors and photographers who need to compare multiple images or videos.

These are some of the benefits of using multiple monitors. Some users may find even more benefits in specific fields, such as live streaming, data analysis, and video conferencing.

Connecting Multiple Monitors to a Laptop

Luckily, desktop users aren't the only ones who can benefit from multiple monitors. You can also set up multiple monitors with a laptop, even though the process is slightly more complicated.

To connect multiple monitors to a laptop, you need to check what type of ports your laptop has. There are different types of ports like VGA, DVI, HDMI, and USB C. You must ensure at least three video ports to run three monitors simultaneously. Most laptops only have one or two ports, with a few modern models having up to three.

However, you can still have a three-monitor setup by buying external hardware, even if your laptop doesn't have all the necessary ports:

  • External Docking Station: An external docking station is a device that allows you to connect all three monitors to your laptop at once through one USB cable. It is a convenient setup, but it can be expensive, and it doesn't have a fan, which can cause overheating and performance issues.
  • USB to HDMI Adapter: This alternative to an external docking station is cheaper. However, it may not be suitable for gaming or graphics-intensive tasks since it doesn't have a dedicated graphics card.
  • External multi-display adapter: The best choice for gamers, costing about $150 without the appropriate cables. Simply plug in the adapter and follow the instructions to set up your three monitors.

Now that you know what hardware is required, let's look at how to set up three monitors using Windows 11/10.

How to Set Up Multiple Monitors in Windows 11

Setting up three or more monitors in Windows 11 is a straightforward process, and here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Right-click on the Desktop and select "Display settings." When the settings window appears, you'll see your current display(s) and some options for changing them.
    display settings
  2. Select the "Extend these displays" option to set up multiple monitors. This will allow you to use both displays as separate screens, rather than duplicating the same content on both.
    extend these displays
  3. When you've selected the displays you want to use, click "Keep changes" to apply the changes.

Your monitors should now be set up and ready to use. However, there are some more things you can adjust to optimize your multi-monitor setup.

Rearrange Monitors and Select a Main Display

If you have set up multiple monitors and want to adjust the position of each display, you can do so by following these steps:

  1. Look at the boxes labeled “[1]” and “[2]” to see the position of the monitors relative to each other.
  2. To identify which number corresponds to which display, click "Identify." A number will appear on the screen of the display it is assigned to.
  3. Select and drag the display to the desired position.
  4. Click "Apply" to save the changes.

Note that the Windows 11 task tray, Quick Settings, and calendar will always display on the main monitor. Some apps run best on the main monitor with optimal display settings. To ensure this, open the "Multiple displays" menu and select "Make this my main display."

make this my main display

This way, you can ensure that your most important apps run on the main monitor with the optimal display settings.

Change the Size of Text, Apps, and Other Objects

When dealing with multiple monitors, you might find that some text, icons, and other objects appear too small or too large on the screen.

1. Automatic Scaling

Windows 11 automatically adjusts the size of text and apps for your monitor's display to optimize it. This means you don't have to adjust the settings for each app or text manually.

2. Changing the Size of Text, Apps, and Other Objects

If you want to customize the size of text, apps, and other objects, you can do so in the "Scale" menu. You can access this by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting "Display settings." Click "Scale and layout" from there and adjust the size using the slider provided.

3. Changing the Display Resolution

If you want to change the resolution of your display, you can do so in the "Display resolution" menu. You can access this by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting "Display settings." From there, click "Display resolution" and choose the resolution from the options provided. Remember that changing the resolution can affect your screen's text size and apps.

How to Set Up Multiple Monitors in Windows 10

Creating a 3 monitor setup on a Windows laptop can greatly increase productivity and expand your workspace. If you have the necessary hardware, setting up multiple monitors is straightforward. Here are the steps to set up a 3-monitor display on a Windows laptop:

  1. Open Settings from your Start menu or simultaneously press the Windows + I keys.
  2. Click on the "System" option in the Settings menu.
  3. Ensure that you are on the "Display" tab. Click on the "Detect" button. This will allow Windows to detect all connected displays.
  4. You should now see three monitors that you can arrange in any order. To rearrange them, click and drag each monitor to your desired position.
  5. Once you have arranged your monitors, click the "Apply" button to save your changes.
  6. If you want to identify a monitor's position, click the "Identify" button, and a number will appear on the screen of the display it is assigned to.
  7. To make a monitor your primary display, scroll down and check the box next to "Make this my main display."
    make this my main display
  8. Additionally, you can change the screen resolution or orientation by going to the "Scale and Layout" option in the Display settings.

Following these simple steps, you can create a 3-monitor setup on your Windows 10 computer or laptop and enjoy an expanded workspace.


Having multiple monitors is an excellent way to improve productivity and enhance workflow. It allows you to create more space for your apps, and you can also customize the size of text, apps, and other objects. Setting up multiple monitors is easy with Windows 10/11, and this article has provided step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process.

We hope you found this article helpful and are ready to set up multiple monitors to improve your productivity.

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