How To Change Primary Monitor – A Complete Guide

Is your primary monitor not behaving the way you want it to? 

Maybe it’s not displaying correctly, or maybe you just don’t like how it looks. 

It’s not uncommon to have multiple monitors these days. They can come in handy for a variety of reasons, from watching movies on one screen while working on another to having extra space to spread out your work. 

But what if you want to change the primary monitor?

That’s where this guide comes in. We’ll show you how to change the primary monitor in three different interfaces so that you can get the most out of your setup.

So, let’s get started:

Changing Primary Monitor on 3 Different Interfaces 

We are going to discuss how you can switch your primary monitor on Windows 10/11 and also by using the command prompt interface.

Method 1: Change Primary Monitor in Windows 10 

Occasionally, you may need to change your primary monitor in Windows 10. This can be done quickly through the following three ways. 

  1. Via Display Settings 

If you want to change your primary monitor in Windows 10, there’s an easy way to do it via the display settings. 

Here are the steps:

First step: Right-click on your desktop and choose “Display Settings” from the pop-up menu.

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Second step: In the Display Settings window, click on the “Identify” link under the “Multiple displays” section.

Third step: A number will appear on each of your monitors. Note the monitor number you want to be your primary display.

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Fourth step: In the Display Settings window, click on the “Make this my main display” checkbox next to the monitor number you want to be your primary display.

Final step: Click the “Apply” button at the bottom of the Display Settings window.

That’s all there is to it! Your primary monitor will be the one you selected in the fourth step.

  1. Via NVIDIA Control Panel

It is possible to choose which of your monitors will be the primary display if you have more than one connected to your computer.

Changing your primary monitor differs depending on whether you’re using an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card.

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card:

First step: Right-click on your desktop and select “NVIDIA Control Panel.”

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Second step: In the left-hand sidebar, click “Display.”

Third step: Under “Select a display,” click the drop-down menu and select the monitor you want to be your primary display.

Final step: Click “Apply” at the bottom of the window to save your changes.

  1. Via AMD Radeon Settings

Assuming you have already installed the AMD Radeon Settings software, now it’s time to change your primary monitor using this software.

Here are the steps to follow:

First step: Right-click on your desktop and select “Catalyst Control Center.

Second step: In the left-hand sidebar, click “Display.”

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Third step: Under “Select a display,” click the drop-down menu and select the monitor you want to be your primary display.

Final step: Click “Apply” at the bottom of the window to save your changes.

That’s all you need to do! Your selected monitor will now be set as the primary display.

Method 2: Change your Primary Monitor in Windows 11

The following will provide instructions that you can follow if you want to change your primary monitor in Windows 11:

First step: Right-click on the desktop and select “Display Settings” from the menu.

Second step: On the “Display Settings” page, click on the drop-down menu under “Select a display.”

Third step: Select the monitor you want to be your primary display and click “Apply.”

Final step: Your changes will take effect immediately. Enjoy your new primary display! C

Method 3: Changing the Primary Monitor Using Command Prompt

In case you have NirSoft’s NirCmd installed on your system, you can use the following steps to change your primary monitor via the command prompt:

First step: Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.

Second step: Type nircmdc.exe and press Enter.

Final step: Type “set primary monitor” {monitor number} and press Enter.

For example, if you want to set your second monitor as the primary one, you would type nircmdc.exe  “setprimarymonitor2”.

You can also use NirCmd to set your monitors’ resolution and refresh rate. For more information on how to do this, check out the NirSoft website.

Final Verdict

There you have it, three different ways to switch your primary monitor. While Windows Display Settings provides the fastest method if you own a dedicated graphics card you can also use that method.

As soon as your primary monitor is up and running, you might want to change the refresh rate or even overclock it to take full advantage of it. We’ll even show you how to clean it properly.

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