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Currently I am using a three-monitor setup, based on a GeForce GTX 680 graphics card:

  1. 3D monitor for gaming and work.
  2. Secondary monitor for work, only.
  3. TV for watching movies and sometimes playing games with friends.

The TV is fixed on my room's wall and I cannot really use it when I am sitting in front of the other monitors, I' using for work, because of the flat perspective. When I want to watch an movie I simply drag the movie player to the monitor and double click the player - that's okay, but I can't do the same with games.

My question is, if it is possible to select the monitor, a game (or 3D application) uses?

I tried a few things now and also searched for an solution, but apparently most setups are based on 3 monitors, residing next to each other, where this is no problem. I thought about some setting in NVidia's Control Center, but didn't find anything suitable. At the moment, I need to change the primary display from the system settings and start the game, but this is not really handy, since I allways need to switch monitors back, whenever I quit the game.

Do you know any way to choose the monitor a fullscreen application uses?

Thanks for your help!

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Each game will handle this differently. In the event that you're looking for a Windows setting, this belongs on SuperUser. –  Frank Apr 9 '13 at 15:48
This question and answer on Super User will do what you need: Change Display Arrangement via Batch/Command Line on Windows 7. The utility linked there can rearrange your monitor setup, run a game, then restore the original settings when the game is done. Read the comments for how to use it in a batch file to handle Steam games properly. –  SevenSidedDie Apr 9 '13 at 16:38
Could you specify the operating system you're using? –  GarrettJ Oct 21 '14 at 20:56

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If the game/application does not propose the setting to choose the display it will run on, then there is no way to specify it manually.

By default, the games will start on the primary screen as set in the control panel. Should you need to put fullscreen games on a specific display, you would have to temporary set your primary display to the desired screen, launch the game, then switch it back.

The second best option (in my opinion) is to run your games in borderless windowed mode whenever possible. This should allow you to move windows (right-click on task in tasbar, move) or even use windows-7 shortcuts like WIN+Left/Right to move the window to the desired screen.

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If you're using Windows 7 (or 8), I've picked up a handy trick to switch the screen my browser window takes up. (I tend to browse websites fullscreen)

Start the game, and when it is fullscreen on one monitor, push

  • Windows Key+Shift+Left Arrow (or Right Arrow, depending on your setup)

to move it between monitors.

Not too sure if it will work with all games, but give it a try.

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I already know about this, but unfortunately this does not work for fullscreen applications... actually the browser's fullscreen isn't a real fullscreen. –  Aschratt Apr 15 '13 at 16:51
Ah fair enough, I did not know that –  Robotnik Apr 15 '13 at 23:18

I have a four monitor set-up and I have one monitor that always gets the stuff I want on another, so if you're using Windows 7, listen up:

  • Go to your desktop background, right-click, screen resolution.
  • Here are your monitors, click on the one you want to have your stuff on most of the time, and click, "Make this my main display".
  • All the others can be selected with, "Extend these displays".
  • Now all the items you open up will be on this display, and like Robotnik said, if you wish to change what screen it goes on, click Win+Shift+arrow key.
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Put the game in window mode, drag it to the desired screen and switch to full screen again.

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