Switch Primary Monitor from Laptop to External-Without Looking at the Primary Monitor

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nomonitor

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When my laptop is plugged into an external monitor, the laptop screen is the "primary" display, where programs automatically open, etc. Is there a way to make the primary display not the laptop screen but the external monitor screen? Here's the catch--is there a way to do it *without looking at the primary monitor*?

I have this strange request because my laptop's screen recently died. I have connected an external monitor, and so can still use the computer--more or less. The problem is that I can't see my start menu, etc--they are all on the laptop screen, ie, the dead one.

I know, normally, how to switch the display: I would right click on the desktop and select "personalize," then "display" But when I do this, it opens the display in the primary monitor (the broken laptop monitor) and I can't see it to change the settings. It's a sad catch 22.

If anyone could help me with this is would REALLY appreciate it. Thank you.
 

cwwozniak

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Hi nomonitor, and welcome to TSG

Check your user manual for the laptop to see if has has a special key or a Function key that lets you toggle between the internal display and external monitor.
 

nomonitor

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Thanks Chuck--that's a great suggestion. In theory, when I hit the Fn key + F7, this should cause it to switch; there is even a picture of two monitors on the F7 key! But for some reason, when I hit Fn + F7 nothing happens. As I recall, when I "upgraded" this computer from xp to vista many of the function keys stopped working. I didn't use these keys much, though, so I didn't think much of it at the time. I could try to track down a driver or something that may make the Fn keys work, but it would be really hard, perhaps impossible, for me to install it without looking at the primary monitor. I really appreciate the suggestion though.
 

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Well, that shoots down the two ways that I can think of to switch between the built-in and external display. Maybe somebody here that is familiar with Sony Vaio laptops can offer some other option.
 
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