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Windows 7: Making program fullscreen opens in wrong display

18 Jan 2014   #1
zodac

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Making program fullscreen opens in wrong display

I'm using the ALT+ENTER keyboard shortcut to make an application become fullscreen. When windowed, the application is on my secondary display (a TV connected using HDMI), but when fullscreen, it's on the main display (my PC monitor).

Is there any way of forcing the program to go fullscreen on the display it's currently on, or to a specific display?


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18 Jan 2014   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It should always open on the screen you had it on last. Drag it to whatever display you want to view it on and close it, it should always open on that display. At least until you disconnect that display.
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19 Jan 2014   #3
zodac

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Yeah, that works for most programs, but doesn't for this one. It's possibly because I don't run the program directly - I start a launcher that then runs the program, and I can't change the default display of that launcher.

Either way, I don't think that should be an issue. I've started many windowed games from Steam that start on my primary display. I move it to the secondary display and ALT+ENTER, and it goes full screen on the current display. This is the first time it's not worked.
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19 Jan 2014   #4
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hold down the windows key and hit the right (or left depending on the monitor setup) arrow on the keyboard. You might have to hit it twice or 3 times depending on the screen resolution.
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20 Jan 2014   #5
zodac

Windows 7 x64
 
 

That allows me to move from screen to screen when windowed - doesn't seem to do anything when in fullscreen.
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20 Jan 2014   #6
Kari

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Are you talking about a game (you mentioned launcher)?

Some games are impossible to play full screen on secondary display. I'm not a gamer, only playing occasionally The Sims and Sim City but for instance both of these can only be played full screen on primary display.

As far as I have understood also for instance Steam only accepts primary display for full screen (not sure about this but I've understood it to be so).

Kari
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20 Jan 2014   #7
zodac

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Yes actually, it is a game. I've launched games similarly from Steam in the past and it's always worked fine - this was the first time it would only work on the primary display.

Guess I've just been lucky with my games so far. Shame, it's so much more effort reconfiguring my monitors just for one game.

Thanks anyway.
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20 Jan 2014   #8
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Check your steam display preferences.
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