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I have been looking for information about using a second monitor, and thought of using a touchscreen.

Will a touchscreen monitor work in a dual setup if it is not the main monitor? I haven't found any information on this; I've only found information about the touchscreen being the main monitor. That is, except at this SU question (snippet below):

If you mean do the touch screen features still work on the other machine, the answer is yes.

Past that, you can even see some of the touch screen features on a non touch screen monitor (just not the multi touch features!) For example, on the taskbar, click (without releasing) on any icon and then drag the mouse up, and you will see that it does the same as using your finger and dragging up.

I have a HP 2510 for the main monitor. I'm thinking of adding a HP 2310ti (the touchscreen) as the secondary. My graphics card is a geforce gtx 295. I'm running Windows 7 Professional.

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Have a look in the Control Panel.

Control Panel/TabletPC/calibration - a dialog pops up, press the settings button, and there you can select which screen the touch works for.

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this worked for me. My development PC is a dual display. I added a touch screen for the POS development, and have it set as the 3rd display. The control panel settings worked great. –  nurgent Apr 13 '12 at 20:38

Sorry it took so long to spot this question. The reason you're not seeing anyone talking about the touchscreen function is that it has nothing to do with the screen and everything to do with primary vs secondary. however the touch screen is simply a mouse built into the monitor. The only reason it lines up with your finger is that it's calibrated to do so. If you run multiple monitors with touch screen or run one with and one without neither screen can calibrate properly for both screen areas and the touch mouse is locked to the primary monitors logical location.

The only way I've seen this done effectively is to use the touchscreen as primary. We did have a customer try dual touch screens but he had major driver issues and eventually ended up disabling the feature on his secondary monitor.

You could still have the touch off to the side and make it primary with the monitor you work from set as secondary but right in front of you.

And yes all the gestures and mouse flicks work regardless of the pointing device some just lend themselves better to a mouse or the finger.

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Press enter at the primary monitor to skip it, press the touch when the dialogue is on the correct monitor.

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