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How to Set Default Graphics Card on Windows

A lot of laptops and desktops come with a dedicated graphics card which means it has been graphics processing rather than using the default inbuilt graphics processing unit of your laptop or desktop. But even though you have a dedicated graphics processing card installed, you need to make sure that the laptop or desktop is using it when required to get the best performance. So in this post, we will show you how to Set Default Graphics Card on Windows.

Set Default Graphics Card

Since the PC or laptop comes with default graphics card, it will be used for lighter tasks and when heavier tasks are required it will use the dedicated graphics card. But you can always specify it on your laptop or desktop.

How to Set Default Graphics Card on Windows:

1. To set default graphics card, open the NVIDIA control panel from the system tray. We are showing this step for NVIDIA cards, for other cards, the process is similar, but interface might change. Alternatively, you can also right click on the desktop and open the control panel.

Set Default Graphics Card


2. Once you have opened the graphics card control panel, navigate to “Manage 3D settings” as shown in the image. Here you can set the preferred graphics processor for default 3D tasks. If you have an installed graphics processor, it will be listed here.

Set Default Graphics Card


3. If you want to set the graphics processor for any particular app, click on the program settings tab. Here you can see the list of installed apps. You need to select the app and then set the graphics processor for the app.

Similarly, you can set for each app and it will pick the GPU when running on your Windows.

Please note the interface might vary based on the GPU you have installed, but the process is the same.


Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. Blogging has been his passion for more than a decade now, he started with this blog in 2007. He can be contacted at nirmal@nirmaltv.com. You can find Nirmal on , and .

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