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I have 2 monitors, unfortunately one is smaller than the other.

I want to use the 1920x1200 monitor for a fullscreen RDP session (this is where I do my main work).

And I would like to use the smaller (1280x1024) monitor on the side for email/skype/browsing etc.

The problem is that the RDP "fullscreen" resolution seems to be limited to the resolution of the monitor that I configured as my primary screen.

No problem, I thought, and configured my bigger screen as primary. But the problem with this setup is that the fullscreen RDP session hides my taskbar, and I miss email and skype notifications.

How can I have my taskbar display on my smaller screen, while still have a fullscreen RDP session on my bigger screen?

Edit: My current workaround is this: Make my bigger screen primary, start the RDP session, then make my smaller screen primary (not satisfactory at all).

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This may sound stupid, but have you tried to drag the RDP Window to the bigger screen and maximize it there? Windows should, by default, maximize an application to the screen it's currently on. – who.knows Jul 18 '13 at 6:40
Yes I did. When I click the maximize button, the rdp window just resizes to the resolution of my smaller primary screen (1280x1024). – Zalumon Jul 18 '13 at 6:43
What about the resolution setting in the RDP "View" configuration tab, is 1280x1024 the maximum you can set there? – who.knows Jul 18 '13 at 6:46
No, the last 2 settings are 1920x1200 and fullscreen. It is saved at fullscreen. – Zalumon Jul 18 '13 at 6:48
up vote 4 down vote accepted

The solution is to set the resolution in the view tab manually to that of your big screen (1920x1200 in this case), instead of "fullscreen".

This is due to the fact, that the initial RDP window always opens on your primary display and will take that display's current resolution as "fullscreen".

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awesome, that worked. thanks a lot! – Zalumon Jul 18 '13 at 7:09

You can set ANY resolution you like by editing the .RDP file in a text editor!

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Edit the RDP settings by right clicking the link. Go to the Display tab. Drag the slider off the Full Screen setting and you should see the highest resolution of your available monitors.

Save the settings.

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Actually that is exactly not working for me, as described in my question. With the full screen setting I get the resolution of my primary monitor (even if it has the smaller resolution). – Zalumon Jul 24 '13 at 6:10

Open up Remote Desktop Connection, then go into options on the bottom.

Then under Display there is an check box to "use all my monitors for the remote session".

May not be exactly what you want, but may help get more real estate.

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