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Why is “Make this my main display” greyed out? Quick Fix

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You can use multiple displays to enhance your productivity, whether for gaming, writing, multitasking, or creative work. But, sometimes, when you want to change the primary display or set up a new monitor, you might encounter an issue where the make this my main display option is greyed out.

In this article, we have discussed the causes of the ‘Make this my main display’ greyed-out issue and a few ways to help you fix the issue.

Causes of the ‘Make this my main display’ greyed out issue

Below, we have mentioned a few possible reasons that might be causing the ‘make this my main display’ greyed-out issue.

  • Not performing proper steps.
  • Outdated graphics driver.
  • Outdated software.

Also read: PC turns on but no display: Quick Fix

How to fix the issue?

If the ‘ Make this my main display’ option is greyed out, we have explained a few methods that might help you fix the issue below.

Follow proper steps

It might be possible that the ‘Make this my main display’ option is greyed out for you because you are not following the proper methods; this was the case in most cases that were facing this issue. To change the primary display, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Right-click on the Desktop, and then in the dropdown menu, click on the Display settings option.

Step 2: Click the monitor number box to make your primary monitor. This is the place where most users make mistakes, you have to choose the display number box first to make it your primary display.

Step 3: Scroll down, and then under the Multiple Displays section, checkmark the box beside the Make this my main display.

Update the graphics driver

Outdated graphics drivers may lead to compatibility issues and cause this issue with your display. Ensure that the graphics drivers are up-to-date. To update the graphics driver, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press the Windows+X and tap on the Device Manager option in the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Find and expand the Display adapters category and right-click on the driver.

Step 3: Click on the Update driver option in the pop-up menu.

Step 4: In the new window, click on the Search automatically for drivers option.

Check out our article to learn how to update the Nvidia graphics driver

Update Windows

Keeping your Windows OS up-to-date is important for the smooth functioning of your computer. The Windows update always includes some bug fixes and improvements that can resolve the display issue you are facing.

Check out our article to learn how to perform a Windows update

Also read: Fix: Windows 11 display resolution greyed-out

Akash Singh

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