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How can I make my apps launch on an external monitor instead of on my MacBook's built-in monitor?

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That worked perflectly! Thanks for the suggestion. – user65516 Jan 31 '11 at 17:33
up vote 4 down vote accepted

System Preferences > Display > Arrangement Tab

Drag the menu bar (represented as stripe on one of the displays) to whichever screen you desire.

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