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Is there a way to get Windows 8 to use my secondary monitor for the start screen?

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Ok, so from what I hear, it sounds like the Windows8 start screen is incapable of spanning 2 screens? –  djangofan Dec 30 '12 at 22:17

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The Windows Start screen's monitor placement can easily be toggled between multiple monitors.

When viewing the Start screen, press Win+PageUp or Win+PageDown to move it to the next monitor.

It will continue to open on the other monitor until you switch it back. Windows 8 apps (previously known as Metro Apps) will also follow the start screen and open on the second monitor.

Windows 8.1 Update - The Win+PageUp or Win+PageDown shortcuts no longer work in Windows 8.1. You must now use Shift+Win+Left Arrow or Shift+Win+Right Arrow

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Brilliant!! Thanks :D –  Svish Sep 30 '12 at 22:14
    
Easy, yes. Intuitive, no. –  Alex Sep 19 '13 at 22:43
    
Not doing anything for me... Can anyone confirm whether this still works on 8.1? –  Kavi Oct 19 '13 at 15:17
    
Kavi, you are correct that it no longer works in Windows 8.1. You now have to use Shift+Win+Left Arrow or Shift+Win+Right Arrow. –  Jeremy Oct 21 '13 at 18:50
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Thanks Jeremy. Shift+Win+Right Arrow does work on Windows 8.1, but it doesn't seem to remember which monitor it was switched to. Start reverts back to the primary monitor every time. –  Kavi Oct 22 '13 at 16:13

Typically, Windows puts the start screen on whatever monitor is set as main.

To change which monitor is set as main:

  1. Right click on an empty space on the desktop and click on Screen Resolution.
  2. At the top, you will see your current main display with the Start Menu in the lower left corner. NOTE: If you do not know which monitor is which, then click on the Identity button to display the number on the display to match them with.
  3. At the top, click on the numbered display device (ex: monitor, projector or HDMI TV) that you want to make your main display to have its border highlighted.
  4. Check the Make this my main display box, and click on OK to apply. NOTE: You will notice that you when you check this box, the Start Menu will now be in that numbered display.

I am not aware of any method that allows you to change which monitor the login screen is on without changing the monitor the start menu is on. Perhaps, one can write a script triggered by login. Perhaps another wonderful superuser can chime in below.

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Problem with this is that applications and such will open up on the wrong monitor by default, which would be a bit annoying. –  Svish Sep 27 '12 at 21:12
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Many times, the application actually remembers what monitor it was on when it closed and then defaults to that monitor next time you open it. For example, when I leave my laptop plugged in at home, spotify remembers to open on my laptop screen and not my monitor which is set as main. –  EntropyWins Oct 12 '12 at 15:23
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Yeah, but main problems are for example full screen applications like games and such which only opens on the primary monitor. –  Svish Oct 14 '12 at 16:01
    
Ahh, fair point. –  EntropyWins Oct 14 '12 at 21:13

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