Although Windows 10 does a pretty good job detecting and setting up a display, when connecting multiple monitors, the system doesn't understand the setup's physical layout. As a result, you may end up running into issues if the setup isn't in the same order as the connections to the video card, the monitors are in different positions, or you recently removed one of the external monitors.
Regardless of the issue, Windows 10 includes settings to arrange a multi-monitor set up correctly, allowing the system to understand the physical layout so that you can move the mouse pointer freely across displays for a more immersive experience. (We also have a guide with more tips to set up more than one display on Windows 10.)
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the easy steps to rearrange monitors to match the physical setup layout.
How to rearrange displays on Windows 10
To rearrange displays on Windows 10, use these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on System.
- Click on Display.
- Under the "Select and rearrange displays" section, click the Identify button to determine which displays you'll be arranging.Quick tip: If one of the monitors is not showing up on the settings page, make sure it's receiving power and connected correctly, and click the Detect button. If you are still having problems, reset their connections (or restart the device), and then try the Detect button one more time.
- Click, drag, and drop each display to arrange them according to their physical layout on the desk.
- Click the Apply button.
Once you complete the steps, you can start using the multi-monitor setup with a digital layout that matches the displays' physical position.
If you have two or more displays in line, make sure that all the devices align at the top perfectly. Otherwise, you'll have problems moving the mouse cursor between monitors from the corners.
The setting is only available when connecting two or more displays, which means that if you only have one monitor, the rearrange option won't be available.
Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.
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