How to change the Main Display in Windows 7

Description: This Guide will show how to change the main display monitor in Windows 7.

  1. Click on the Start Button.
    Windows 7 Desktop, Start Button, Search Box
  2. Type in the words Screen Resolution in the Search Programs and Files Box.
    Windows 7 Search, Screen Results
  3. Click on Adjust Screen Resolution towards the top of the search results.
    Search Results, Adjust Screen Resolution
  4. Towards the top of the new Window that opened will be a list of monitors that are currently connected and recognized by the computer.
    Windows 7 Display Properties
  5. Select the monitor to be dedicated as the main display by left clicking on the icon for the monitor and checking the box next to Make this my main display.
    Windows 7 Display Properties
  6. Click Apply.
    Windows 7 Display Properties
  7. This will set the selected monitor as the main display. This can be checked by looking to see which monitor has the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
    Windows 7 Desktop Before and After
  8. The Monitor on the Right has the taskbar. Before, the Monitor on the left has the taskbar. The monitor on the right is the main display now.

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