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I have a dual monitor setup,get things to open on the screen they

I have a dual monitor setup. I want to know how I can have icons on the right screen open the program to show up on that monitor and not the left one.

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  • dsczepanski Sep 01, 2009

    Programs are only going to open on the primary monitor and then you will have to drag it over to the other monitor?

  • dsczepanski Sep 01, 2009

    How would you do it from the command line? Can I create a .bat file to do this? I haven't had to set a computer up this way before. I hate Big department heads.



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Try to set your right monitor as primary monitor in display properties.

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What is your video card? How new is the driver for that video card? I will need to know this in order to assist you further.

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    Well I need to know what your video card in order to give you the proper instructions on how to assist you.

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Standard xp instructions here. Set right screen as primary.
Beyond that, controls depend to some extent on what graphics card you have installed.
You could try adding a quick launch icon to the toolbar on the second monitor, and see if that works in xp. If that doesn't work, you may have to open them from a command line and specify which monitor to use.
A simple way to do so is to get a copy of Ultramon. See here. You can download a 30 day trial and check it out.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

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