Are you getting into a dual or triple-monitor setup? Here are the best tips to configure all the displays without third-party software on Windows 10.
Before configuring a multi-monitor setup
Before diving into this guide, make sure that all the necessary cables are connected to the monitors and computer. This includes connecting power and video signal using VGA, DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort (recommended) cables.
If you’re not sure, you can always note the make and model of the monitor, and search online for the manufacturer manual to get a better idea on how to connect the display.
How to rearrange multiple displays on Windows 10
Although you can connect a monitor to any of the available video ports on the graphics card, when setting up a dual-monitor or triple-monitor setup, it’s easy to plug them in the wrong order. While they will still work, you may run into issues using the mouse and running applications until you rearrange them correctly.
To rearrange monitors on Windows 10, use these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on System.
- Click on Display.
- Under the “Select and rearrange displays” section, drag and drop each display to rearrange them according to their physical layout on your desktop.
Quick tip: When rearranging monitors in the Display settings page, make sure that all monitors align at the top perfectly. Otherwise, you’ll have problems moving the mouse cursor between monitors from the corners.
5. Click the Apply button.
Once you complete the steps, Windows 10 will understand the physical layout of the screens, and you’ll be able to work across each display and run apps without issues.
If you’re not sure which monitor you’re selecting, click the Identify button to figure out. If one of the monitors isn’t showing up, make sure it’s receiving power and connected correctly, and click the Detect button. In the case that you’re still having problems, reset their connections (or restart your computer), and try the Detect button again.