can't make my external monitor the primary monitor

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by erikpmort, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. erikpmort macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2006
    guys when i try to make my dell 20" monitor my primary monitor (make the start button and task bar come up on the big monitor) it won't let me! I can run the monitor fine, but when i click that "use this device as the primary monitor" it doesn't work.

    anybody had this problem?
  2. Dane D. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2004
    I'm assuming you are running Windows. Control Panels>Display, is there a way to drag the task bar to the other monitor? Don't have a PC at home to reference.
  3. erikpmort thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2006
    I Got It!!!!

    THIS IS BIG! you just have to right click and go graphics options, then go output to monitor and it worked! ahhhhh this is what i wanted ! hope someone benefits from my frusteration and success.
  4. gabegehret macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    Make external monitor Primary

    I had to trick the machine by 1st disabling the original primary monitor (as if you only had the 2nd monitor, similar to using a laptop that you want to close). On my IBM thinkpad/laptop, I did this by pressing the blue Function key on the keypad and F7 at the same time, which is the split screen display quick-key for IBM (on my old dell, there was a function key to send the screen to an external monitor as well). Pressing this shuts off the screen on my laptop (goes totally black on the laptop) and everything appears on the external monitor, since it is the only monitor and now primary. Then on this working external monitor, go to start>Control Panel>Display>Settings>, highlight the grayed out non-working #2 monitor, check the box to "extend my windows desktop onto this monitor", then hit "ok". The 2nd monitor should now be your secondary monitor with the "primary monitor" being the external monitor.

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