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Windows 7: Odd configuration: Setting up Dual Monitors

01 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7/Windows XP/Ubuntu 9.04 Triple Boot
Odd configuration: Setting up Dual Monitors

Ok, so I just added Windows 7 to my lineup. After an epic battle with permission problems between XP and 7, I finally managed to fix it and have moved on to a slightly more odd yet annoying problem- my dual monitors.

The way I used to have my monitors set up was my monitor on the right had my task bar and icons... but the monitor on my left was the main monitor. That way when a program opened it would open on my left monitor (which is right in front of me) while still allowing me complete access to everything under my taskbar and all my icons to my right.

Is there any way to do that in Windows 7? When I select "Make this my main display" it moves the task bar over to that monitor, which is annoying. Any suggestions?

Note: for those of you curious on how to do this in XP or Vista- pick the monitor you want to be your main monitor (the one programs open on) and pick the one you want to have your taskbar. Let's use my setup- main monitor on the left/Task bar and stuffs on the right).
-Go to display, right click on the right monitor and uncheck "attached". This will turn it off. Now all you have is the left monitor with taskbar and stuff all over it.
-Right click the right monitor again. Check "attached" AND "Primary". Click apply. Right monitor turns back on. Everything refreshes and task bar is on the right monitor.
-Right click left monitor and click "Primary". Task bar + icons are still on the right monitor, but now all programs open on the left one.

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01 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7/Windows XP/Ubuntu 9.04 Triple Boot


I found it immediately after posting this. You can just unlock the task bar and drag it to the other monitor. Problem solved.


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