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I have two screens and the desktop is not always on the same screen

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Hello all of you,

I have a laptop computer that runs on Windows XP.
On my laptop computer, I connected an external screen. (Because I find it more practical to see my documents on two screens.)
I want my desktop to be always on my laptop screen (the external screen should be here only in order to put a few windows in case I don't have enough room in my laptop computer.)
But the problem is that when I start my computer, sometimes, the desktop is on my laptop screen (that is good) and sometimes, the desktop is on my external screen (and I don't want that).
Note : when I am talking about "desktop", that means the "start" menu, the clock, etc...
=> What can I do ?
Please help me.

Thank you for your help.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 125 total points
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go to the screen properties, and choose your laptop screen to be the "primary" screen.
depending on if your external screen is on the left or the right of your laptop, you can drag-drop the 2 screens around.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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ps: the tab on the desktop properties is the one called "settings".
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by:Laetitia2000
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OK.
Thank you for your answer.
Let's say I want to change the primary screen:
for example, the primary screen is my laptop's screen. And let's say I want my external screen to be the primary screen, what can I do ?
(I have seen that I could tick the sentence "Use this screen as primary screen", but it is in pale-grey so that I cannot tick or modify anything for this sentence.)

Thanks again for your help.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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>for example, the primary screen is my laptop's screen. And let's say I want my external screen to be the primary screen, what can I do ?
above that tick, you have an area with 2 blue areas , names 1 and 2.
click on the one currently not selected, and there the tick should be available.
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by:Laetitia2000
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OK.
I understand what you mean.
I have tried, but the tick is still not available... (it is in pale-grey)
Does it work on your computer ?
Do you have another idea ?

Thank you,
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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>Does it work on your computer ?
yes, I use that alot.
now, is the other checkbox (extend to this monitor) checked on either monitor? Well, I guess yes...

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by:Laetitia2000
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Yes, it is.
In fact, when I select my laptop screen, the two checkboxes are both in grey and both selected.
When I select my external screen,
- the checkbox "Use this screen as primary screen" is in grey and not selected and
- the checkbox "extend to this monitor" is in BLACK and selected...

I would like that everything would be in BLACK (modifiable) and not in grey...

Thank you !
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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please remove the "extend to this monitor" on the external screen.
then, the "use this screen as primary screen" should appear available for both screens...
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by:Laetitia2000
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I did exactly what you suggested me.
And I looked the chekbox "use this screen as primary screen" for the laptop screen and for the external screen.
=> And neither one nor the other checkbox is available...
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