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Windows 7: Icons moved to seconday display, can't move them back to primary?

29 Oct 2013   #1
NormAtHome

Windows 7
 
 
Icons moved to seconday display, can't move them back to primary?

I disconnected my main monitor (my main monitor is connected by a DisplayPort cable) to move the wire and reposition the monitor on my desk. When I did that all the desktop icons and the taskbar moved onto my secondary monitor which is connected by DVI. When I reconnected my main monitor I had to run through the nVidia dual monitor setup and respecify my primary display which moved the taskbar back to where is had previously been.

My secondary monitor is to the left of my main monitor. Next I tried highlighting a small group of icons and dragging them back to my primary display but when I release them they end up back on the secondary display on the right hand side of the screen that borders on the left hand side of my main monitor. I've also tried highlighting some icons and right clicking and dragging then to the main display and the releasing and selecting "Move here" from the context menu and the same thing happens and they end up back on the secondary display.

Has anyone seen this problem and have a solution to enable me to move my desktop icons back to my primary display?

- Norm


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29 Oct 2013   #2
barnabas1969

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Right-click somewhere in empty space on the desktop. Choose "Screen resolution". In the dialog box that appears, click the image of the screen that you want to be your primary. If you're unsure which image represents which physical monitor, click the "Identify" button. Once you've selected the image of the screen that you want to be the primary, check the box that says "Make this my main display", and click OK.

Display - Change Main Display
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29 Oct 2013   #3
NormAtHome

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by barnabas1969 View Post
Right-click somewhere in empty space on the desktop. Choose "Screen resolution". In the dialog box that appears, click the image of the screen that you want to be your primary. If you're unsure which image represents which physical monitor, click the "Identify" button. Once you've selected the image of the screen that you want to be the primary, check the box that says "Make this my main display", and click OK.

Display - Change Main Display
Thanks, but I did that when I ran the nVidia dual display wizard and when I right click on the empty space of my primary display and select screen resolution i.e. Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display\Resolution it says "This is currently your main display" so that does not appear to be what the problem is.

- Norm
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29 Oct 2013   #4
xunile

Win 7 x64
 
 

If you right click on your desktop and click view, is auto arrange icons checked?
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29 Oct 2013   #5
NormAtHome

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xunile View Post
If you right click on your desktop and click view, is auto arrange icons checked?
No, it's not.
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31 Oct 2013   #6
NormAtHome

Windows 7
 
 

Don't ask me why but when I rebooted by computer the icons went back to the main display so I guess problem solved although this was really weird.
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31 Oct 2013   #7
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sometimes a restart is needed after making the main display change box.
It all depends on the video card driver.
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