Posted by AAG-ArchivedMessages on Mar 29, 2011 in General Questions, Hardware/Peripherals, Windows | 1 comment
It sounds like you’re trying to set your 2nd monitor as your primary monitor where everything loads up on that one and the taskbar always sits at the bottom, correct? By changing the screen the toolbar is on you’re not actually changing the primary monitor. The primary monitor will continue to be the first one regardless of where the taskbar sits. That means that any program that opens will open up on monitor 1.
Moving just the taskbar over will have other problems, too. The iconson the desktop will likely return back to the primary monitor after every reboot and rumor has it moving the taskbar to a different monitor increasesthe chance of Windows Explorer crashing. Because of that, unless there is a real need to move just the taskbar this practice usually is frowned upon.
To set your primary monitor:
1) Right-click an open space on your desktop
2) Click Properties
3) In the window that pops up, click the Settings tab
4) You should see two blue boxes numbered 1 and 2. Click the box numbered 2.
5) Click the checkbox “Use this device as the primary monitor”
6) Click Apply
7) Optional: you may drag the boxes to change the order they appear. For example, left-click box numbered 2 and drag it to the left side of box labeled 1. Change this up to work in your environment.
There are other ways to set up the primary and secondary displays. Ifyou have an external video card you may have an extra option when you right-click the desktop. For example, if it’s an Nvidia card you’ll seean Nvidia settings option when right-clicking on the desktop. If you see one, click that one instead. It’s usually best to change the settings through the video card control panel than through Windows.
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