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My primary monitor is a standard computer monitor, while my TV is connected via HDMI as a secondary monitor. I just installed the Steam beta and wanted to try out the new Big Picture mode, but to my dissapointment it opened on my primary display not on my TV.

Is there any way to make Steam open the Big Picture mode on the secondary monitor?

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Other than setting your TV as primary? – MBraedley Sep 12 '12 at 16:05
@MBraedley Yes, I don't want to do that as it causes other problems. And always switching the primary display when I want to use my TV for such stuff is also annoying. – Mad Scientist Sep 12 '12 at 16:09
I had this sort of setup a while ago, and basically what I did was just have my two displays show the same thing (duplicate displays). That way I could just turn on the bigger one when I wanted to use it. But this means you can't really use both displays, since they both show the same thing. – GnomeSlice Sep 12 '12 at 16:15
Isn't the answer "File a feature request, since it's still in beta"? – SevenSidedDie Sep 12 '12 at 17:34
@GnomeSlice: There's also a good chance that the two aren't the same resolution. – MBraedley Sep 12 '12 at 20:50

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Under settings/Display Settings you can change your target monitor on a drop down list.

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This works, but unfortunately it does so by making the target monitor your Primary Display, and it does not set it back when you exit. – Noah Yetter Dec 14 '12 at 6:45
This has been fixed. It now makes the original display the primary one again. – DanMan May 1 '13 at 17:12
The downside is that it keeps putting my desktop icons on the wrong screen... – DanMan Sep 15 '14 at 8:35
This doesn't work with Linux.. they might have removed this setting from other platforms as well with the latest release of Steam & BPM – phil Oct 25 at 15:03

You can switch Steam Big Picture to your secondary display and back using:

Windows+Shift+ /

But this will only work if the primary and secondary display have the same resolution.

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Doesn't seem to work in Windows 10 – Eckstein Nov 24 at 4:38

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