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I have my laptop (running Windows XP SP3) at work hooked up to an external monitor. Whenever I unplug the external monitor (time to go home!) I have to manually change the display settings. This takes time and involves a lot of clicks.

Is there a way to automate changing these settings? I'm thinking of a hotkey solution or a little application that I can start with Launchy to toggle between two profiles.

I use the MultiMon tool for "extending" the taskbar to the second monitor - will I have to give that up?

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What kind of laptop do you have? I believe Lenovo Thinkpads have custom software for toggling displays. It's not automated, but involves fewer clicks. –  sunpech Apr 28 '10 at 16:23
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Most laptops have a hotkey or function key combination for toggling display modes. –  BBlake Apr 28 '10 at 16:45
    
I'm running Windows XP on a 2007 MacBook Pro... (the function key does not do much) –  Daren Thomas Apr 29 '10 at 6:32
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This was just posted on Lifehacker.com today:

HRC – HotKey Resolution Changer

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good answer! +1 –  studiohack Apr 29 '10 at 4:37
    
the documentation indicates only resultion changing - and also specifically says it won't work with different resolutions per monitor :( –  Daren Thomas Apr 29 '10 at 6:35
    
@daren your question only seems to ask about resolution changing/toggling with hotkeying. –  sunpech Apr 29 '10 at 18:57
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UltraMon has support for display profiles which can be activated via shortcuts

It also has a Smart Taskbar which provides a start bar on all monitors.

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I am currently trying out MurGeeMon - it only costs $5 and lets you disable the external monitor via a shortcut or via a tray icon menu. I think I will buy.

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I would say UltraMon is probably much, much better. UltraMon FTW! –  Dobes Vandermeer Jun 12 '11 at 23:42
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