How To Change Mouse Direction In Dual Monitors

This brief tutorial has been put together following a recent problem with a Windows Vista PC that supports dual monitor output. Depending on your experience with using more than one monitor at a time, working your way around mouse direction issues may not always be as easy as it appears.

The Problem

Usually, the problem with the mouse direction is noticeable after the dual monitor set-up is completed. Basically, you notice that you are unable to move your mouse from the primary monitor to the secondary monitor in the left to right direction. While this gives the impression that the cursor is stuck, you also observe that moving the mouse to the left of the primary monitor actually makes it appear on the right of the secondary monitor. So then, how can you make it work vice versa i.e. primary-right to secondary-left?

The Solution

Vista Dual Monitor

There are potentially two solutions to this problem. First, you can physically swap the monitors around so that the secondary monitor is to the left and the primary monitor, to the right. However, this is not very practical. Thus, alternatively, right-click the primary desktop, select the Personalize option, then Display Settings and locate the pictures of both monitors in the Monitors tab. Next, use the mouse to drag either monitor to its correct position (i.e. left to right or vice versa), click OK to save settings and you are done.

Talking Point

Do you know how to change monitor-positions in other operating systems? You can compare dual monitors here.

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  1. I had this problem too and this is exactly what I did to fix it:

    Right click the desktop and click “Properties”

    Click on the Settings tab. You will see two boxes labeled 1 and 2, these are virtual representations of your monitors.

    There should be a button near the bottom that says “Identify”… click that and the big numbers will come up on the monitors. Odds are that “2” will appear on the left monitor and “1” will appear on the right.

    Click and drag the virtual representation of “2” to the left of “1” in the settings tab.

    Click the “Apply” button and wait a few seconds. The monitors may blank out. Once they are both back up, try moving the mouse left and right between the two screens. This should fix it. Click OK and you are done.

  2. Right click a blank area on the desktop. Left click Personalize, Display settings. In the Monitor window that opens you should see your two monitors. Find out which is which by clicking Identify Monitors. Click and drag the right hand monitor left to the left of the original left monitor and release the drag. That should change the positions of the two monitors so that the mouse motions should be the way you want them.

  3. Oh my gosh that was so easy. I recently switched out pc’s and had to reset my monitor settings; I could not for the life of me remember to just move the screens. Thank you!!

  4. Just wanted to say that this is one of the best and helpful sites that I have ever visited. This site has fixed my problem and I am thankful.


  5. Is there a mouse that has a side button that switches from one monitor to the other? because i don’t have enough room for 2 mice + keyboard

  6. Thank you for this information. Mine happen after i install drivers for a new printer. Not sure but maybe the network admin clicked something when he did the install. It was about to drive me nuts
    Thanks again

  7. We purchased these to cover monitors on equipment in our automotive repair shop. They are what we needed to keep dust off the screens. They fit nicely and are doing a great job!!!

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