Dual screen xfce panel cant set laptop as primary

Just installed xfce last weekend plus i3wm in a separate session. When connecting my laptop to hdmi, the panel goes automatically to the external monitor despite selecting the laptop as primary monitor.

Question: Is there a xfce config file I may need to delete or change? This seems quite odd and doubt it is a bug that others have too but thought I mention it.

Here is my hardware in case (from a bit older post, have now newest kernel 5.11):


I think it’s because the hybrid graphics automatically switches to the dedicated graphics (nvidia) when connected to another external monitor.

Edit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg_5B4eMVGE

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