Want three monitors for better gaming or multitasking in Windows? You’ve come to the right place! After reading this article, you’ll know exactly what to do.

Follow the steps below:

  1. Check whether your computer supports triple monitors
  2. Connect your monitors to your computer
  3. Configure your display settings
  4. Update drivers for your triple monitors

Step 1: Check whether your computer supports triple monitors

There are two things you need to check before you start setting up your triple monitors: video ports and video cables.

Basically, there are four types of video ports: VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. Here is what they look like:

Now, it’s time to check whether you have enough video ports on your computer:

1) Check to see how many video ports you have on your computer.

If you’re using a desktop…

If your PC uses an integrated graphics adapter, on your PC’s back panel, check here to see how many ports you have:

If your PC uses a dedicated graphics card, on your PC’s back panel, here is where your video ports are usually placed:

If you’re using a laptop…

If you’re using a laptop, chances are that you only have one video port on the left or on the right side of your laptop:

What if you don’t have enough video ports…

Even if you don’t have enough video ports on your computer, you can still have triple monitors! To make it happen, you can simply buy a video splitter.

Here is what a video splitter looks like:

Next, you need to prepare for the required cables to connect your computer to your monitors:

2) Check to see what types of video ports you have on your monitors and on your computer to prepare for the corresponding cables.

If the video ports you see on your monitors are different from those on your graphics card, don’t worry! You can simply buy an adapter!

An adapter will allow you to connect your devices through two different ports. Here’s an example of a VGA to DP adapter:

When everything mentioned above is available, it’s time to set up your triple monitors:

Step 2: Connect your monitors to your computer

Before you start, make sure that you have all the required cables: power cords and video cables.

Follow the steps below to connect your monitors to your computer:

If you’re using a desktop…

If you’re using a desktop, follow the instructions below to connect your monitors to your computer:

1) Turn off your PC.

2) Connect the power cord to your monitors and to power outlets.

3) If you don’t have enough video ports on your computer, you’ll need to connect your video splitter to your computer first, and then connect your monitors to your video splitter using the corresponding cables.

If you have three video ports on your PC, connect your computer to your monitors using the corresponding cables.

4) Turn on your computer and your monitors.

Now the connection is made. Follow step 3 to configure your display settings.

If you’re using a laptop…

If you’re using a laptop, follow the instructions below to connect your laptop to your monitors:

1) Connect the power cord to your monitors and to power outlets.

2) Connect your video splitter to your laptop.

3) Connect your monitors to your video splitter.

4) Restart your laptop and turn on your monitors.

When you finish this step, your monitors have successfully connected to your computer. Follow the step below.

Step 3: Configure your display settings

There are some settings you need to configure before you can use your triple monitors.

Configure your display settings on Windows 7 or 8

If you’re on Windows 7 or 8, here is how to configure your display settings:

1) Right-click on your desktop and select Screen resolution.

2) If any of your monitors is missing, click Detect and wait for your computer to detect it. (If the problem persists, go to step 4 to update drivers for your graphics product and monitors. That might help you.)

3) Drag and drop each display to rearrange your displays.

4) Click the drop-down menu next to Multiple displays. Then, select the viewing mode you want.

Duplicate these displays: you’ll see the same display on each of your monitors.

Extend these displays: you’ll see one continuous display that stretches across all of your monitors.

Show desktop only on 1, 2 or 3: you’ll see the display on the display you choose.

5) Click Apply to save all the changes you made.

Hopefully, when you complete this step, your monitors run properly! However, if any problems occur, update drivers may be able to help! Follow step 4 to see how to do it.

Configure display settings on Windows 10

If you’re on Windows 10, follow the instructions below to configure display settings:

1) Right-click on your desktop and select Display settings.

2) If any of your monitors is missing, click Detect and wait for your computer to detect it. If this can’t help, check step 4 to see if updating drivers can resolve your problem.

3) Drag and drop each display to rearrange your displays.

4) Customize Scale and layout to change the size of text, apps and other items on your screens. You can also adjust Resolution and Orientation, if you want.

5) Click the drop-down menu next to Multiple displays. Then, select the viewing mode you want.

Duplicate these displays: you’ll see the same display on each of your monitors.

Extend these displays: you’ll see one continuous display that stretches across all of your monitors.

Show only on 1, 2 or 3: you’ll see the display on the display you choose.

When you finish this step, you should be able to use your triple monitors now! However, if your monitors fail, follow the next step to see if it can help.

Step 4: Update drivers for your triple monitors

To keep your triple monitors running smoothly, and prevent monitors issues such as loss of signal and black screen, you should update drivers for both your graphics product and your monitors. There are two ways you can do it:

Option 1 – Download and install drivers manually

To get the latest drivers for your graphics product and your monitors, you can go to the manufacturer’s websites, find the driver corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.

Once you’ve downloaded the correct driver for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

Option 2 – Automatically update your graphics drivers

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update drivers for your monitors and your graphics product manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Hopefully, this article helped. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.

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