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    Main Display - Change in Windows 8

    Main Display - Change in Windows 8
    How to Change Your Main Display in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    How to Change Your Main Display in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    If you have more than one display connected to your PC, then this tutorial will show you how to make any display your main display in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    Note   Note
    You can also drag and drop the monitors to arrange them in the order you want them to display.





    Main Display - Change in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Main Display - Change in Windows 8
    To Change Your Main Display in Screen Resolution Settings

    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open Screen Resolution.


    2. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, click/tap on Screen resolution, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Display icon.

    A) Click/tap on the Change display settings link in the left pane, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. At the top, you will see your current main display with the small window and notification area icons in the lower left corner, and the "This is currently your main display" indication. (see screenshot below)

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    5. At the top, click/tap on the display that you want to make your main display, check the Make this my main display box, and click/tap on OK to apply. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: If you do not know which display is which, then you can click/tap on the Identity button to display the number on your display(s) to see.

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    Main Display - Change in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Main Display - Change in Windows 8
    To Change Your Main Display in PC Settings

    NOTE: This option is only available in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

    1. Open PC settings, and click/tap on PC & devices on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on Display on the left side of PC & devices. (see screenshot below)

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    3. At the top on the right side, select a display (ex: monitor) that you want to make your main display. (see screenshot below step 2)
    NOTE: If needed, you can click/tap on the Identify link to have the display number briefly appear on each display to help know which one to select.

    4. On the right side, check the Make this my main display box, and click/tap on the Apply button. (see screenshot below step 2)

    Note   Note
    If you see this below, then it means that the currently selected display is already set as your main display.

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    5. When finished, you can close PC settings if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Windows 8.1


    My question is how do you change the number associated to a display? I asked because my monitor is #2 (should be #1) and my tv is #1 (should be #2). Normally it wouldn't bother me but when you go to Devices -> Project on the charms bar, the option "PC screen only" is hardcoded to display #1, which in my case is incorrect because it's my tv and not pc monitor. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Meth,

    The number is based on the connection to the graphics card.

    See if disconnecting the TV completely, delete the TV , shut down the PC, change the monitor to be connected to another port on the graphics card, then turn on the PC will have the monitor as 1 again.
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    Windows 8.1


    Tried that but no luck. Also tried the method on this page HowTo Switch monitor 1 Monitor 2 Identity - Overclockers Forums but that also did not work.
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    Have you already tried swapping the same connections on the graphics card between the two?

    What type of connections are they?
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    Windows 8.1


    Yes I have. I've got 1 hdmi (the one going to the tv and set as #1) and 2 dvi ports for the monitor (#2). I've tried switching between the 2 dvi ports to no avail.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    What brand is your graphics?

    There may be a setting in it's control panel that may allow you to change the display numbers, or at least to delete them to start over.
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    Windows 8.1


    It's an asus r9 270 (just got it). I haven't found any setting in the control panels to change the "identify" number of a display (windows & ccc). Deleting everything and just starting off with the main monitor is fine (it's set to #1). But as soon as I plug in the hdmi, that becomes #1 and the monitor (dvi) is #2.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Does the monitor (PC screen) revert back to #1 when the TV is not connected?

    For now, instead of selecting to project to "PC screen only" for the wrong #1, selecting "Second screen only" should work for your PC screen then since that will be for #2.
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    Windows 8.1


    If the hdmi cable is unplugged, yes it reverts to #1. But as soon as it's plugged back in, PC monitor goes to #2. I have been using "Second screen only" for the PC monitor, but this is what I'm trying to avoid having to do.
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