If you are running the Windows 11 Enterprise or the Windows 11 Pro for Workstations editions, you will have a Remove display from desktop feature that allows you to use your monitor as a Specialized Display. A monitor is categorized as “specialized” if it is neither intended to be used as a “desktop” monitor nor as a head-mounted display.
The Specialized Display feature enables a display to be dedicated to a specific purpose, such as:
- Fixed-function arcade/gaming rigs like cockpit/driving/flight/military simulators
- Medical imaging devices that have custom panels (e.g. grayscale X-ray displays)
- Dedicated video monitoring scenarios
- Monitor panel testing and validation (e.g. in the factory)
- Video walls
What was new in 20H1 preview builds
If you turn on Remove display from desktop for a display, it will stop Windows from using this display. It will be available only for special-purpose apps that need to use it.
If you turn off Remove display from desktop for a display, it will be available for Windows again.
This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off remove display from desktop in Windows 11.
You must be signed in as an administrator to turn on or off Remove a display from desktop.
Open Settings (Win+I).
Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Display on the right side. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Advanced display. (see screenshot below)
If you have more than one display, select the display you want to apply this to in the drop menu. (see screenshot below)
Turn On or Off (default) Remove display from desktop for what you want. (see screenshot below)
You can now close Settings if you like.