How to Setup 3 Monitors on a Laptop? 3 Steps

Connecting 3 monitors on a laptop depends on the capacity of your graphics card. Check if there is more than one HDMI slot on it or not. If yes, you can easily connect more than one monitor without investing in anything else. If not, you’d have to buy a dock that acts as an HDMI extension to connect more than one display to your laptop. 

How to Setup 3 Monitors on a Laptop?

Here you get detailed and step by step guide about how to setup 3 monitors on a laptop:

Step 1: Check Your Graphics Card’s Configuration from the Manufacturer’s Website. 

If you’re using an M1-core Apple Macbook Air or Pro, then connecting more than one screen is a breeze because it has the requisite support for it. For Windows laptops, you’d have to set up a laptop docking station. What’s that? It’s a device that turns your laptop’s single HDMI capacity to many at a time. 

Step 2: Use the Dock’s HDMI Cable to Connect to Your Laptop’s HDMI Slot. 

The device will take a few seconds before configuration automatically. Otherwise, you’d have to download and install its proprietary software from the website.

At this point, you may wanna shut down your laptop because connecting more than one display to the dock will require a restart. After turning it off, connect all the HDMIs to the relevant slots. 

After turning on the laptop, the monitors should connect automatically as Windows detects them. However, if you don’t see them turned on or picked by your laptop, you may want to revisit the dock to see if you’ve connected each cable to the right slot. If this still doesn’t work, go to Settings and then Display. Click on Detect to let Windows manually detect your monitors. 

Step 3: Set Up Monitors on the Laptop by Staying on the Display Settings. 

There, you’d see numbers designated to the monitors that you’ve connected. I highly recommend that you place them according to the numbers shown or drag and drop the numbers according to the monitors placed – just to be sure that you’re taking your mouse in the right direction. The laptop has no idea where you’ve placed each monitor. 

You should make one of the displays your primary display if you aren’t using your laptop screen. In the Display settings, click on the display you want to make primary and click identify. This will let you know which display you’ve selected. Afterward, scroll down to Multiple Displays and click on Make This My Main Display. 

Select the remaining monitors and select their resolutions, orientations, as per your needs and wishes. Your setup of multiple monitors is ready. Enjoy!

How to Extend Your Display to Multiple Monitors?

Connecting more than one display means you want an extended screen where you could enjoy playing or working. To extend your current display, go to Settings and then Display. There select the Extend Display option. 

This should connect your monitors as one.

Using Multiple Displays for Gaming 

Presenting your work to a full room on multiple displays is one thing but playing a demanding game on them is entirely another. Both of these processes require different computational speeds. The presentation would work on any laptop that supports multiple displays – even with a connecting dock. However, when it comes to gaming, your graphics card would take all the burden.

Since the monitors would act as one display, the graphics card would have to render graphics to a bigger screen than what it initially did. So, it would definitely use all its firepower to do so. 

Therefore, before playing games on your multiple-display setting, make sure that the graphics card is powerful enough to do so. 

Also, know that you’d have to set up your graphics card to project or display the game on more than one display. For example, NVIDIA uses NVIDIA Surround to play games on multiple displays. Similarly, if you’re using AMD, you would need to use Eyefinity. 

With this, it is also noteworthy that not all games support multi-display viewership. Their resolutions are not big or suitable enough to do so. Therefore, you’d have to see that the game you’re playing is compatible with your new setup. To do that, go to the game’s settings and check its resolution. If it coincides with your monitors’ resolutions, then well and good. 

Even if a game is compatible, you’d still want to tweak resolution settings along with detail and field of view settings. 

I highly recommend that you should use monitors with the same resolution. That will help you stay away from a lot of resolution-related problems. 

What adapter do I need for multiple monitors?

In order to project multiple monitors, you can use a switch splitter that divides your laptop port into more than one interface, enabling you to connect multiple monitors at a time.

Does an HDMI splitter reduce quality?

It all depends on the quality of splitter you are using which may hurt or compress the quality of your projection onto your multiple monitor setup. Signal loss or quality reduction will also occur if you are using long cables to split your HDMI connection, however, it is quite negligible.

What happens if your TV doesn’t have enough HDMI ports?

Invest in a decent quality HDMI switch which basically acts as an external hub and provides more ports to connect external peripherals and display.

How to Setup 3 Monitors On a Laptop – Conclusion 

If your graphics card supports more than 2 displays then you only need to connect the monitors to their designated slots. Otherwise, you’d have to buy a connecting dock to connect multiple HDMIs to the one slot in your laptop. 

Afterward, tweak resolution settings and orientations but do check if your game is compatible with being displayed on more than one display. After following all the steps mentioned above we hope that now you are well aware of how to setup 3 monitors on a laptop.

Lisa Antonio
Lisa enjoys technology & has built many laptops and enjoys tinkering with technology!