How can I choose where new application windows open?

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I have a new docking station and monitor for my Windows XP work laptop. I’ve set it up so my monitor is the primary display and the laptop display is secondary.

However I have an irritating problem: every time I open a new application it opens on the laptop’s screen even though it’s secondary. Can I fix it somehow to always open on the primary monitor? Even an explanation why this is happening would be helpful even if it cannot be fixed!

The display adapter is an NVIDIA Quatro FX 880M. The laptop is a Lenovo W510.

EDIT: I messed around with my KVM switch. Now all of a sudden the icons moved to the secondary display in the desktop but now ALL the programs open in the right window. Ridiculous but now it works.

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

Are you sure you don’t have any manufacturer-specific drivers affecting that? I have used static two-display configuration on Windows XP and Windows 7 for long time, and windows by default always open to the primary screen, except some better programs remember their last position and open there.

Method 2

Okay, seems like you can configure all kinds of thins from the Nvidia Control panel. I got everything now working perfectly. I used the Nvidia Display wizard to set support for multiple screens. I also found from there how to set different color settings for different screens.

Method 3

if it’s an Intel adapter they have their own settings tab under Display Properties\advanced adapter settings. Those usually override whatever you set under the windows display properties.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
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