Windows 10: Forcing a program to open on the second monitor rather than the main

  1.    08 Aug 2015 #1

    Forcing a program to open on the second monitor rather than the main

    I have my TV connected to HDMI and a small, old monitor connected to VGA on a Radeon 4600 video card. I have Kodi (multimedia player) set to open full screen when the default user account logs in and it does so on the main monitor which is my TV. I have the smaller, older monitor set up so I can still use the computer when someone is watching a movie on the TV. I have multi-monitor set to extend the desktop. But my problem is when I open a program it wants to default to opening on the main monitor and when I open a program from the second monitor, it opens behind Kodi on the main monitor (and I have to click and drag it over to the second monitor) - so I would like to switch the old VGA monitor to be the main monitor and the TV to be the second.

    Is there a way I can force Kodi to open and stay on the second monitor once I make my TV the second monitor?
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  2.    08 Aug 2015 #2

    So I figured out how to make the old computer monitor the "main" display. Then I figured out that Kodi has a setting in the program to tell it to start on monitor #1 or #2. So Kodi is good to go. But if I specifically want a program to open on the TV that is not the main monitor, is there a way to do so?
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  3.    09 Aug 2015 #3

    Only if the program in question has that feature like Kodi. Windows itself doesn't control on what monitor the application loads on. The application does that.
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       09 Aug 2015 #4

    A program other than Kodi? As logic said, the program has to have such a feature. Or, how about the Radeon card? How old is that, some of the older driver software used to have Profiles where you could assign a program to launch in a specific monitor. But it has been a long while since I have seen that.

    nVida used to have a "Profile Manager" that did that too, it would add a button to the Explorer shell that could be set to open a specific program in a specific monitor, like if you have "profile A" set for the main display and "Profile B" set for the smaller one.

    Is your HDTV set as the main monitor? You should switch so the HDTV is launching the main window. Or, check the Multiple Displays settings in the Radeon CCC, there may be a way to do it from there.
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  5.    09 Aug 2015 #5

    XweAponX said: View Post
    Is your HDTV set as the main monitor? You should switch so the HDTV is launching the main window.
    The problem with having the HDTV set as the main monitor is that if someone wants to use the computer for other things while a movie is playing on the HDTV, whatever program the second user wants to run will, by default, open on the main monitor and if that is the HDTV it will open hidden behind the movie playing and all the second user will get is a taskbar icon for the new program they opened.
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  6.    23 Dec 2015 #6

    Choosing monitor for applications

    logicearth said: View Post
    With Windows 10, you could change the primary monitor "rigth click on mouse". Than you can choose on wich screen the apps is using .
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