How to Use a 3-Display Setup with your Staff Laptop

How to Use a 3-Display Setup 


Technology Services has connected all available technology. If you notice anything that needs attention in your classroom, please submit a  support Ticket at the below links:

Laptop/Desktop Issue

Docking Station issue

Projector issue

Smartboard issue

General Technology Request


Let’s start off by defining the 3 displays.


Display 1 - Your Laptop display

Display 2 - Your Monitor display

Display 3 - Your Overhead Projector display (even if it is turned off)


We understand that everyone has a different way of teaching and you may have a different idea on how you want your technology setup. This is simply a place to start. There is not one single way to setup your technology for hybrid teaching. This is one setup that we have tested and confirm works without any additional devices while keeping your laptop open for Zoom meetings. Also, this may not apply to all since some staff members may have desktops in your teaching areas. 


When you connect your laptop to the new dock, you may encounter duplicating displays. If it works for you, great! You can skip this how-to. If you want a 3-display setup as outlined above, follow this Step-by-Step. 




        Docking HS Laptops:

  • Plug the dock connection cable to either of the two lightning bolt ports on the right side of your laptop. #4 in the image below.

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  • Turn on your laptop by pressing the top of the dock and releasing or press the power button on the left side of your laptop. #2 in the image below


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Docking MS & ES Laptops: 

Align your laptop to the dock. Dock the laptop by sliding the dock plug towards into the laptop. Press the power button to turn on the laptop. 

  • Log in to your laptop using your IPSD credentials. Do not log in to VPN in the building
  • Power on your overhead projector so that you can see the 3rd display. 
    1. You will need the projector powered on when setting up displays. 
      • Note: Please notify us by creating a support ticket if your remote is not working, check your batteries prior to doing so. Even though the remote has not been used the batteries may still have drained.
  • Now that all items are on. Right click on the desktop and click display settings.

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  • You may see this setting differently on your screen. The numbers 1-3 represent a logical view of each display as seen on the laptop.  

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  • Press the Identify button to locate their physical location. You will see a number at the bottom right of each monitor screen corresponding to the numbers in the display settings. 
  • Simply click and drag the displays to re-order them to match their logical location to their physical location.
  • Once you make your changes Click Apply and you will see your displays update location

  1. In the event the displays are combined as seen in the photo highlighted in yellow above with 2|3 displays are being duplicated, to extend them you will need to do the following:
    • Select the combined displays that you wish to extend, in this example “2|3” (it will turn blue when you select it)
    • Scroll down to “Multiple displays” 
    • Click on the drop-down box
    • Select “Extend Desktop on 2 and 3” to allow those devices to extend (separate)  and you can then organize them as you wish to best work with your setup. 


How to Change the Main Display

  • Select and highlight the display you want set as your main display.
  • Scroll down to multiple displays.
  • Under the drop-down select the check box that stays “Make this my main display”.
  • Click Apply
  • Close the display settings. 

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  • Please note you may need to change the resolution of data projector/smartboard Screen to 1024x768 for it to fit correctly (this may very by model of projector)




Calibrating a Smart Board with a 3 display setup

  • Initiate the calibration screen by pressing the calibration buttons on the smartboard.
  • Press spacebar on your keyboard until the calibration and orientation screen is displayed is on your smartboard projection screen.
  • Touch the crosses to calibrate the screen. 
  • And you are done.

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Links to SB680 and SBM680 SMART Board calibration and orientation settings 

Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcuts for manipulating the active window:

  • Win+Left arrow: Snap to the left half of the screen
  • Win+Right arrow: Snap to the right half of the screen
  • Win+Up arrow: Maximize the window
  • Win+Down arrow: Minimize/Restore if it's maximized

If you have more than one monitor:

  • Win+Shift+Left arrow: Move window to the monitor on the left
  • Win+Shift+Right arrow: Move window to the monitor on the right

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