How To Change Your Primary Monitor


How To Change Your Primary Monitor In Windows

1. Verify that your external monitor is connected to power and a video output on your computer such as VGA, HDMI, DVI, etc.

TIP: Many current monitors have an input scanning feature that looks for output from your computer. If your monitor reports “No Signal”, make sure that the cables are securely plugged in and that the computer is powered on.

2. Verify that your computer is on and the Windows desktop is visible.

3. Right click on the desktop. A menu will appear.


4. Click “Display settings“. The Display settings window will appear.

TIP: Multiple monitors should be represented as rectangles labeled with numbers. If you do not see more than one rectangle with a number, go back to Step 1.

Windows 10 Display Settings

5. Click the “Identify” link located below the numbered rectangles.

Windows 10 Identify Display

6. An overlay will appear specifying a numeric identifier such as “1” or “2”. Take note of the number appearing on the display that you would like to be your primary monitor.

Windows 10 Identify Monitor

7. Click on the rectangle with the number that corresponds with the display you want to serve as your primary monitor.

Windows 10 - Select A Display

8. Locate the section labeled “Multiple displays” and select “Extend desktop to this display” from the drop down.

Windows 10 - Extend desktop to this display

9. Click the the checkbox next to “Make this my main display“.

Windows 10 - Make this my main display

10. Click the “Apply” button and close the settings window.

Your Taskbar and icons should now appear on the monitor you’ve selected.

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