How to Rearrange Multiple Monitors on Windows 10

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If you run a multiple monitor configuration In Windows 10, it is important to let operating systems know how they are organized in physical space so that they function properly. Here’s how.

How to rearrange your screens

To configure the layout of your monitors, you will need to go to the Display Settings page. For quick access, right-click on the Windows 10 desktop and select “Display Settings”.

You can also open the Settings app by pressing Windows + i. Go to System> Display.

Windows 10 display settings window

If you have more than one monitor connected, you will see a visual representation of the monitors as rectangles with numbers inside. This simplified diagram represents the orientation of your monitors as understood by Windows. To change it, we have to change the diagram.

To reposition a display, click on its rectangle and drag it where you want in relation to the other monitors you have connected.

Windows 10 screen reorganization

If your screens have different resolutions, the rectangles will have different sizes. It is useful to align the top or bottom of the two screens so that the mouse cursor and the windows you drag move between them as you expect. To do this, simply click on one of the screens and drag it until the upper or lower sides are aligned.

Screens have been reorganized in Windows 10

In the example scenario above, display 2 is now to the left of display 1. If you reach the left edge of display 1, your mouse cursor or window you drag, will appear on the right edge of the screen 2.

RELATED: How to move a window to another monitor in Windows 10

How to change the main monitor (main display)

In Windows 10, the “main monitor” or “main display” is the monitor on which new windows and applications open by default. You can change the monitor that is the main display from the same settings> System> Display screen.

In Display settings, click the rectangle representing the monitor you want to designate as the primary monitor in Display settings. Windows will highlight the box representing the selected monitor.

Display 2 selected in Windows 10 display settings

Scroll down to the View pane in Settings and find the “Multiple views” section. Check the box next to “Make This My Main Display”.

If there is already a gray checkbox, it means that the monitor you have selected is already the primary monitor.

Make a monitor your main screen in Windows 10

If you want to return to the main display, start with. select another monitor in the display settings by clicking on its rectangle. Scroll down and check the “Make This My Main Display” box for this monitor.

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