How to change primary monitor in Windows 10

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How to change primary monitor Windows 10

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These days, rocking a dual or even a three monitor setup has become the norm, usually doing your work on one with the other(s) being there for either entertainment or for all the other Chrome tabs you have open. What some struggle with, and probably why you’re reading this article right now, is how to change your primary monitor in Windows 10.

It’s pretty easy to hook up multiple monitors as it’s just cables from your PC to the display(s) but when it comes to making the right one the primary focus, the settings are a little hidden. We’re going to go through the ways you can change your primary monitor in Windows 10 both via the OS’ settings and if you have a dedicated GPU, through settings located there too.

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How To Change Primary Monitor In Windows 10 Via Display Settings

While the setting to change your primary monitor in Windows 10 is slightly hidden, it’s super easy to do. Here are the four simple steps to get the job done:

  • Right-click anywhere on your desktop
  • Select the Display Settings option
  • Choose the display that you want to be your primary monitor and hit ‘Make this my main display’
  • That’s it, you should have selected your new primary monitor

If there was some mistake or it didn’t go through for some reason, just follow the above instructions again and you’ll be golden.

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How To Change Primary Monitor In Windows 10 Via NVIDIA Control Panel

If your PC has a dedicated NVIDIA graphics card, you can also change your primary monitor in Windows 10 via their proprietary settings program. This is known as the NVIDIA Control Panel and if you don’t have it installed on your machine already, download it here. Now, let’s get into the steps.

  • Open NVIDIA Control Panel
  • On the left-hand side, look under ‘Display’ and hit ‘Set up multiple displays’
  • Right-click on the display number you want as your primary monitor and hit ‘Make primary’
  • Click Apply
  • Get all of this confirmed by clicking ‘Yes’

You should now have your primary monitor all ready to go. If something has gone wrong,  just follow the above instructions again and correct any errors.

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How To Change Primary Monitor In Windows 10 Via AMD Radeon Settings

Similar to that of NVIDIA, AMD also has a settings program where you can change your primary monitor in Windows 10. Again, if you don’t have this program installed, you can do so by clicking here. Without further ado, let’s get started.

  • Open AMD Radeon Settings
  • Click Eyefinity at the top right of the window
  • Hit ‘Quick setup’ to create a display group and input your monitors
  • Once you’ve created this display group, you show have the option to arrange displays
  • Click this option and arrange the displays in the order you’d like
  • Exit the program and your settings will be saved

And that’s that, you should have got your monitors all set up via AMD Radeon Settings, putting your primary display in the place you want it.

There we have it, three different methods for ching your primary monitor in Windows 10. The first method, via Windows 10 Display Settings is the fastest but if you do own a dedicated graphics card and would rather go down that route, you can.

Once you’ve got your primary monitor in place, you might want to change your refresh rate or even overclock it to get the most out of it. You can even learn how to clean it properly with our top tips!