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Old 12-17-2008, 06:39 AM   #1
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I helped a friend set up a new laptop yesterday and all went well except that she wanted to use a larger monitor while at home and had purchased a nice flat screen for the purpose.

Well, I got it to the point that the big one was an extension of the built in screen and I could drag stuff across from one to the other, but I wonder if there's a setting in the laptop that would make the larger screen the only one showing - or to at least have both showing the same desktop?
I know I had one set that way a while ago - the 2nd screen was a duplicate of the built in one.

The system is XP Pro - the laptop is a Lenovo if that matters.
If I go into the control panel and select display, both show up, but if I click on the big screen, I can't see a way to make that one the primary.

I'm sure I'm missing something. Does anyone know what it is?
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:09 AM   #2
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Generally, if you want to swap which monitor is primary, you have to stop extending the desktop to the other screen first, then uncheck primary on the other screen which will allow you to check the other screen as primary, then you can apply.

Before you do that, however, check out the advanced controls first. On the setup tab there should be an advanced button. Somewhere there it's possible there is a better way to accomplish what you're looking to do.

On my Dell laptop, in addition to the above, there is what the call a Quickset function, which is very helpful in screen setup and switching.
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Can't you just plug it into the port on the back of the laptop and hit F5? Usually cuts off the laptop screen and switches to the other video..be it another screen or a projector, smartboard, etc.
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It's possible John, but many laptops don't use that.

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OOOH I hope so. That's the kind of thing I was looking for. We'll try it.
Otherwise I'll try more with the settings as Ned suggested. I'm not sure I'd unchecked one before trying to check the other.

Thanks. I'll report back, but probably won't get in there again until after Christmas.
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It's possible John, but many laptops don't use that.
Never seen one that didn't!

But now that I am googling, it may be different keys on different brands. Try F8 and F10 as well

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F8 won't work.

On my laptop it requires Fn/F8, plus "quick set" has to have been set to enable that keystroke combo.

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Never seen one that didn't!

But now that I am googling, it may be different keys on different brands. Try F8 and F10 as well
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