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My Work pc is Windows 7 Professional with 2 1280*1024 resolution monitors. My Home pc is XP Pro with 2 1280*1024 resolution monitors.

I have a RDP connection with the 'span monitors:i:1' switch that works fantastically - I connect from home to work and can use the work pc as normal (the Windows 7 drag windows feature is a bonus here!)

I've just added a 3rd 1280*1024 monitor to the home pc and would like to setup the rdp connection to span 2 monitors but leave the 3rd available.

Is this possible?

I've tried various options in the rdp file, but can only get it to stretch across the 3 screens...

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Not easily. From The Old New Thing:

VideoReDo 19 Jan 2007 4:20 PM

I'm running a 3 monitor system, all 1280 x 1024. If I /span to another machine the remote desktop occupies all 3 displays. What I really would like to do is have the /span work across 2 displays, leaving the 3rd monitor displaying windows from the host machine (email, IM, etc).

Was able to simulate this by disabling the 3rd monitor, starting mstsc /span, and then re-enabling the 3rd monitor. Works great, but its a pain to setup each time.

Does anyone know a way to have mstsc span a limited number of monitors? Using /w and /h work OK, but then I don't get the nice little title bar like you do with the /span.

All in all though, the /span is a significant improvment over previous releases.

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I can't get this to work for me... but to be honest, I didn't think it would be possible. Thanks for your suggestion though! –  Jeremy Dec 3 '10 at 17:30

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