If you have a dual monitor setup and you want to change the primary and secondary monitor on Windows 11/10, here is what you can do. There is no need to install any third-party software since it is possible to get the job done via Windows 10 Settings panel. It is very easy to set up dual monitors on Windows. From changing the wallpaper to scaling – everything is possible using Windows Settings.
Many people use more than one monitor to increase productivity. If you have a dual monitor set up, you might know that your system can select any monitor as the primary monitor after Windows installation. The primary monitor contains all the icons, etc. If you want to change the priority or primary and secondary monitors on Windows 10, here is what you need to do.
Change Primary & Secondary monitor on Windows 11
To change the primary and secondary monitors on Windows 11, follow these steps:
- Press Win+I to open Windows Settings.
- Make sure that you are in the System tab.
- Click on the Display option on the right-side.
- Expand the Multiple displays section.
- Click on a monitor you want to set as primary.
- Tick the Make this my main display checkbox.
Change Primary & Secondary monitor on Windows 10
To change the primary and secondary monitors on Windows 10, do follow these steps.
- Open Windows Settings
- Select Syatem> Display tab
- Navigate to Multiple display
- From the drop-down, select the desired monitor you want to be primary
- Check the Make this my main display setting.
Let us see this in more detail.
Press Win + I key together. After that, go to System > Display. On your right-hand side, you should find a button called Identify. You need to use this option to check which one is number 1 and which one is the number 2 monitor.
After that, select a monitor that you want to set as primary and scroll down until you get the option that says Make this my main display.
You need to make a mark in the checkbox to set the selected monitor as your primary monitor.
Once you choose the primary monitor, the other monitor will be set as the secondary monitor automatically.
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How do I switch primary and secondary monitors?
To switch primary and secondary monitors in Windows 11, you need to open Windows Settings by pressing the Win+I button. Then, go to System > Display and expand the Multiple displays section. After that, if you see the Make this my main display checkbox is grayed out, it implies that your selected monitor is the primary monitor. If not, you need to select the desired monitor and tick that corresponding checkbox.
How to change Monitor Position in Windows 11?
There is an additional way in the same Display option of Settings app. Drag a display from its current number and drop it to re-arrange it, but that doesn’t change the monitor position actually. It is mainly helpful when using Extend mode with multi-monitors to move the mouse cursor and applications from one display to another.
How do you change which display is 1 and 2 in Windows 11/10?
To change or check which display is 1 and 2 in Windows 11/10, you need to open the Windows Settings panel. For that, press the Win+I button together. Then, go to System > Display and click on the Identify button. It displays the number of your monitor on the screen itself. If you want to change the primary monitor or rearrange them, you can follow the aforementioned guide or select the monitor and tick the Make this my main display checkbox.