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      • #2265757 Reply
        WSjimcummings
        AskWoody Plus

        I have just done a clean install of Windows 10, I have a Dell 830 with Nvida GT 1030 display. Before the new install I had two monitors with my icons on the right monitor and the desktop extending to the left monitor. This would allow me to have Photoshop on the right and  menus, etc. on the left so I had the full right monitor for the photo being edited.

        Since the install the left monitor has the icons no matter how I move them around in the Display menu on Windows. I have the latest drivers. Any thoughts?

      • #2265802 Reply
        GoneToPlaid
        AskWoody Plus

        Do you have the latest drivers installed, which are direct from both Dell and nVidia and not from Microsoft?

      • #2266122 Reply
        WSjimcummings
        AskWoody Plus

        Yes, but, just to be sure I d/l ed them again, reinstalled and restarted my computer. No joy. I guess my next call will be to Dell but that will be 3 hours of redoing everything I have with little chance of success in my opinion.

      • #2266246 Reply
        b
        AskWoody Plus

        Change “Make this my main display” at Settings, Display, Multiple monitors to the other one (i.e. after selecting 1 or 2 at the top).

        If this doesn’t help, please clarify whether “my icons” means desktop or taskbar.

      • #2266295 Reply
        WSjimcummings
        AskWoody Plus

        Still doesn’t work. I am referring to the desktop icons. The taskbar icons are OK, adding to my confusion. Thank you for your help.

        Jim

      • #2266311 Reply
        Al Taylor
        AskWoody Plus

        Here’s a simple solution that worked for me in June 2019 (found it by Googling, but sorry to say I have lost the link).

        1) Keep the second monitor connected

        2) Select all the icons and move them over to Monitor #1 (the one you want to be the Primary screen).

        3) Copy and paste ANY single Icon, or “dummy” text file, or empty folder anywhere onto Monitor #2

        4) Reboot and check that it works.

        (Good luck)

        • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by Al Taylor.
      • #2266475 Reply
        MrJimPhelps
        AskWoody_MVP

        You can shuffle the monitors around in the monitor setup screen, and you can also renumber them. I suggest you first number them from left to right (left = 1 and right = 2); then if they aren’t right after you have done that, shuffle them around in the monitor setup screen.

        Be sure to click the Identify button to make sure each monitor has the number you think it has.

        Group "L" (Linux Mint)
        with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
        • #2266602 Reply
          b
          AskWoody Plus

          You can shuffle the monitors around in the monitor setup screen, and you can also renumber them.

          How do you renumber them?

        • #2266661 Reply
          WSjimcummings
          AskWoody Plus

          I don’t know if I am stupid or.. Maybe stay with stupid. I moved the icons. choose “Make this my main display” in settings and it works. Ye gads! Thank you so much. Sometimes the simplest answer is the one you overlook.

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      • #2266698 Reply
        MrJimPhelps
        AskWoody_MVP

        How do you renumber them?

        The option to renumber them is within the Intel video software that comes with Dell computers. I don’t recall the exact way to do it, but I remember seeing it on a customer’s computer.

        Group "L" (Linux Mint)
        with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
        • #2266789 Reply
          b
          AskWoody Plus

          The option to renumber them is within the Intel video software that comes with Dell computers. I don’t recall the exact way to do it, but I remember seeing it on a customer’s computer.

          There’s no option to renumber displays in my Intel Graphics Command Center (and I can’t find any reference to such a capability anywhere else).

          • #2267403 Reply
            MrJimPhelps
            AskWoody_MVP

            The next time I run across this, I will post here how to do it. Sorry that I’m not able to check it now, because I don’t have a Windows computer handy with multiple monitors.

            Group "L" (Linux Mint)
            with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
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      • #2266797 Reply
        WSjimcummings
        AskWoody Plus

        Mine either, intel or Nvidia

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