How to use three monitors with laptop

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Multiple monitors set upWorking with multiple monitors can boost productivity, especially when you’re working from the same location every day. How to use three monitors with laptop? it can be tricky, but with the right equipment, it’s doable.

These are the advantages that I see for using three monitors.

For day-to-day work

I designate one monitor as my main display – the one directly in front of me. I use this monitor for my primary tasks and applications.

The other monitors are used for secondary applications or resources that I need to reference less frequently, such as email, messaging apps, or project management tools.

This setup allows me to maintain focus on the main task while still having quick access to other important information.

Try a monitor riser

Monitor riser

Using Multiple Monitors for Live Streaming

When live streaming my podcast, a multi-monitor setup can be incredibly helpful. I use the main display for my primary streaming software.

One monitor is to monitor the live stream on various platforms. It allows me to keep an eye on the stream quality, chat, and any other relevant information.

The third monitor can be used to display the script, outline, or notes, making it easy to stay on track during the live stream without having to switch between applications on the main display.

This article specifically shares how to do that for PCs. MacBooks only can use up to two monitors – though that process is pretty similar to this one. Let’s walk through the process.


A couple things to consider:

Laptop processing power: Ensure that your laptop has enough processing power to handle three additional monitors. Some laptops may struggle with this setup.

Available ports: Check how many USB and HDMI ports your laptop has. Most monitors require an HDMI connection, so you may need adapters if your laptop has limited HDMI ports.

One of the monitors that I use

The process

Step 1: Acquire an external video card
If your laptop only has one HDMI port, you’ll need a USB to HDMI adapter that functions as an external video card.

HDMI to usb

Step 2: Get a USB splitter
To accommodate all your USB devices (microphone, external camera, mouse, and keyboard), you’ll need a USB splitter or a mini docking station. This will provide extra USB ports for your peripherals.

USB Splitter

Step 3: Connect your devices
Plug in the USB splitter and connect your devices – including camera and microphone. If the microphone input defaults to another device, make sure to change it back to the one plugged into the splitter.

Step 4: Configure display settings
Once everything is connected, right-click on your desktop and go to display settings. Arrange the monitors in the desired order. If a newly added monitor doesn’t show up, try unplugging and plugging it back in to trigger the device installation process.


Setting up three monitors with a laptop can greatly enhance productivity and multitasking abilities, both for work and live streaming.

By following these steps and considering specific needs, you can create a multi-monitor setup that works for you.

Remember to ensure your laptop can handle the additional monitors, acquire the necessary adapters and splitters, and arrange your monitors in a way that promotes efficiency and comfort.

Try this dual-monitor setup

Dual monitor set up

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