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Windows 7: Control Panel Display Settings


27 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit Professional
 
 
Control Panel Display Settings

I have two monitors - I use one primarily.
My normal setup in Display Settings is "Show Desktop only on 1" - this works fine.
If I switch to "Extend These Displays" my desktop moves over to the second monitor and my main monitor shows the desktop background image with no icons.
How do I get the opposite to happen? I want my normal desktop to stay on monitor one and just the background to be extended onto monitor two.


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27 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1
 
 

do you have the Nvidia control panel under your desktop "Right Click" options?

If you do, open it up and choose the "Set up multiple displays " option.

You should see a grey box with two numbered smaller boxes in them.

Swap them by holding a left click over one of the numbered boxes and moving to the other side of the grey box.
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27 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 bit Professional
 
 

Thanks - I have an ATI 5770 but that's not the problem maker. This is a new problem that started when I installed a new monitor - in this case a Dell U3011. Before this I had a Dell W228 that worked "normally" - meaning that when I selected "extend these displays" my main monitor would stay as it was and the desktop background would just be extended onto the second monitor.
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27 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Oh, sorry. Your system specs say that you have an Evga 8800Gt....

I'm not familiar with the ATI control panels. But you could always just swap the monitor cables in their ports....
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27 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 64 bit Professional
 
 

Ooops - I should update my profile - that was 2 cards ago.

The "second" monitor is actually a projector run off of a USB connection.
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27 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Have you tried Right clicking on the desktop, and selecting "Screen Resolution" ? It will give you the same option to swap the physical location and main monitor.
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27 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 64 bit Professional
 
 

Yes, that shortcut just takes you to the Win "Change Display Settings" box.
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27 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1
 
 

So what happens when you grab box 1 and swap places with box 2 and apply?
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27 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 64 bit Professional
 
 

Nope - doesn't allow swap - I can move the number 1 box but it jst snaps back into position. Can't move the number 2 box at all.
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27 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 7 64 bit Professional
 
 

Yep - I'm stymied too.
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