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How to Change Primary Monitor on Windows 10 PC

by Felix Omondi
Change Primary Monitor

Microsoft has over the years made it possible to add to your primary monitor, a secondary, and even tertiary monitor. That is just about how far I have tried adding monitor screens to a PC, but it is possible to add more than three monitors to your computer.

As it works out, the primary monitor is always the monitor that was first connected to your PC. This point makes more sense if you are using a desktop computer with the CPU and monitor standing out as separate entities.

If, however, you are on a laptop, then the laptop’s built-in monitor will, by default, be the primary monitor. When you add additional monitors to the system, sometimes the default primary monitor might not be strategically located. That is with regard to the monitor you want to use frequently.

Here, we are assuming that the monitor you want to be the primary monitor, was not the first monitor you connected to the PC. Neither is it the monitor that came built-in to your laptop computer.

Perhaps you have one of those new-generation shiny 4K monitors we previously featured on this link. Whatever the case, this article is going to show you how to change primary monitor on Windows 10 PC.

How to Change Primary Monitor on Windows 10 PC

Unlike the previous versions of Windows, Microsoft bumped up the UX on Windows 10. A case in point is just how easily you can change the primary monitor on Windows 10.

Go to the Desktop and right-click anywhere, except for the icons for opening files and programs. Then click on Display Settings.

At this point, a Settings window will pop up showing you the number of monitors connected to your system. The primary monitor by default will be displayed ‘1’.

To change the primary monitor, simply click on the screen, by selecting the number, then scroll down to Make this my main display.

From this point onwards, your choice monitor will become the primary monitor. Now you can work without the hustle of opening a file or program, then dragging it to the monitor display of your choice.

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