League of Legends has a very fundamental display problem, as noted by most of the community. There’s no in-game option to switch LoL to a different monitor. You can, however, overcome this problem externally. We will show you how to make League of Legends open on a second monitor with a few steps.
Set Your Display As the Primary Monitor
If your game is launching on the wrong screen, then you might not have your desired display set as the primary monitor. This is easily done through Windows’ display settings.
- Right-click on your desktop.
- Click on Display Settings (If you’re on Windows 11, click on “Show more options” first).
- Here, you will see all of your monitors marked by numbers.
- By clicking on “Identify”, you will be able to see which number represents which monitor.
- Click on each of the numbered displays, to see which is marked as your primary display.
- If “2” is the monitor you’d like to use, select it and click on “Make this my main display”.
When you open League of Legends after following the steps above, it will open on the monitor that you marked as your primary display.
Dragging LoL Windowed to a Second Screen
Some players might prefer to not change their primary displays, and play LoL on a secondary display while keeping track of other tasks on the main monitor.
League of Legends does not have a direct solution to this through its in-game settings, but there is a workaround that is less than ideal that players can utilize.
When you first launch the game, you can go into Windowed Mode and drag LoL to your desired monitor. You can change this from the ‘Options’ menu in the ‘Video’ sub-section.
The problem is that you are going to have to do this every single time you launch into the game. A quick way to do it is to press Alt + Enter as the game launches, and dragging LoL to your second screen.
How To Put League of Legends Map on Your Second Monitor
If you want, you can also try and put a live map from your LoL game onto a second monitor for a better view of the game’s field at all times.
Using third-party software is generally prohibited. Utilizing the minimap on a different screen isn’t unheard of, and since OBS is a commonly used tool, you are safe and won’t risk any bans on your account.
- To do this, you will have to download “OnTopReplica” from GitHub.
- Install the application, and run it.
- You will see an empty box, which can be used to clone the LoL map.
- Start up League of Legends.
- Go into a custom game.
- Right-click on the empty square and click “Select window”.
- Click on the League of Legends client.
- Right-click the square again, and click on “Select region.”
- Crop the display to the map only.
- Simply move the window to a second monitor and resize it as you see fit.
If you don’t want to use “OnTopReplica”, you can use a more trusted software like OBS. Granted that OBS isn’t primarily used for something like this, but the streaming software is a good and more trusted alternative.
- Start up OBS, and click on the Plus sign found in the Sources tab.
- Click on “Display Capture”.
- Create a new source here, and title it to whatever you like.
- Highlight the display your game is on and press “OK”.
- Disable “Capture Cursor” to avoid seeing a large pointer on the cloned map.
- Select your newly created source; ours is titled “Minimap”.
- Right-click it and select “Filters”.
- Press the Plus sign and click on “Crop/Pad.”
- Resize it, so only the minimap is visible.
- Close when done, and move OBS to the screen you want to view the minimap on.
A game as old as League of Legends should at least have the option to switch between different monitors through the in-game settings to make it more convenient. While the available methods aren’t ideal, they are the ones available to players.
By following through the steps outlined in the article, you’ll be able to change between monitors for your League of Legends client.
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