Switching Primary and Secondary Monitors

Having a two-monitor setup allows you better productivity, but sometimes you need to change primary and secondary monitor in order to achieve the desired results. A quick method is to go to Display Settings menu

To switch your primary and secondary monitors in Windows 7 and higher

  1. Right click an empty area on the Desktop, then click Screen Resolution.
  2. You can also find Screen Resolution from Windows Control Panel.
  3. In Screen Resolution click the picture of the display you want to be primary, then check the box “Make this my main display.” This checkbox will only be present if the display is not already your main (primary) display.
  4. Press “Apply” to apply your change.

To change the primary and secondary monitor in earlier versions of Windows

Windows XP
  1. Go to Start Menu->Control Panel.
  2. Either click on “Display” if present or “Appearance and Themes” then “Display” (if you are in category view).
  3. Click on the “Settings” tab.
  4. Click the monitor square with a large “2” on it, or choose the display 2 from the Display: drop down.
  5. Click the “Use this device as the primary monitor” checkbox.
  6. Press “Apply” to apply your change.

If the “Use this device as the primary monitor” checkbox is already checked, choose the other monitor and click “Use this device as the primary monitor.

If the “Use this device as the primary monitor” checkbox is grayed out (not selectable) you cannot use this standard method.

You may have graphics card incapable of switching the primary and secondary monitor (for instance in laptops) or your graphics driver may have an alternate method (see the ATI method below if you have an ATI card).

To change the primary and secondary monitor on an ATI card in earlier versions of Windows

AMD Control
  1. Go to Start Menu->Control Panel.
  2. Either click on “Display” if present or “Appearance and Themes” then “Display” (if you are in category view).
  3. Click on the “Settings” tab.
  4. Click “Advanced”.
  5. Click the “ATI Displays” tab (if this tab is not present you should update your video drivers).
  6. Switch the monitors labeled “1” and “2” by clicking the “1” where the “2” is selected or vice versa.
  7. Press “Apply” to apply your change.
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