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Can I use my laptop as a second monitor?

Is it possible to make my laptop's screen act as a second monitor for my desktop computer?
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Dual monitors on Windows - How do I set a different DPI or text size on each monitor?

My laptop is a 15" wide screen running at 1600x1050, and in addition to that I connect an external 19" LCD which runs at 1280x1024. The problem with this setup is that if I increase the text size to ...
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How to get Windows 7 logon wallpaper to tile to other monitors?

In 2000/XP/Vista it was easy to set a wallpaper for the logon screen, either manually through tools like Logonstudio or simple registry changes by hand on prepared installation images or through ...
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Can two users simultaneously share one pc

It's easy to have multiple user accounts on one computer and even switch between accounts without logging off. It is also possible to have more than one display connected to a single computer. Is it ...
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How do I get different background images on my dual monitors?

Is there a way to set two different background pictures for my two monitors in Windows 7? By default the same background picture is used for both displays. I am looking for a solution without ...
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How to control Windows 7 snap feature with two monitors?

There is the Snap feature in Windows 7. But it seems to not work when dragging window to the edge that are adjoin to the second monitor. How to make it working? May be some regedit cheat or something? ...
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What is the best multiple monitors app for Windows 7? [closed]

What is the best app for supporting multiple monitors in Windows 7? Ultra mon was perfect in Vista and XP but I don't think it works with Windows 7 yet. The main features I'm looking for are: ...
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Dedicated mouse and keyboard for a virtual machine, is it possible?

Let's say I have a PC with two monitors atached. I'm running e.g. Windows Vista natively, and start up a virtual Ubuntu PC. I change to fullscreen mode so that on one Monitor, I see my Windows ...
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How to move windows that open up offscreen?

I have a dual monitor setup, and I recently played around with the positioning settings, and some of my single window applications do the favour of preserving where they were last closed, and opening ...
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Looking for a real DisplayPort hub/splitter [closed]

In my search for a new display, I came across the Dell Multi-Monitor Hub MMH11, which seemed to be an alternative to my search for daisy-chainable DisplayPort displays. However, before I cave and ...
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How do I get the Windows 7 taskbar with the Start Menu to display on dual monitors?

I am looking for an application with features as follows:- It will give me a dual monitor set up with a Windows 7 taskbar with Aero peek and the Start Menu on each monitor. The taskbar should ...
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Windows 8 Metro/Modern UI with Dual / Multiple Monitors?

I'm using always 2 Monitors and just installed Windows 8 and always need to scroll to my Application in the new Metro interface, because the Metro is only on my main screen (the other one shows the ...
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Monitor Calibration Tools and Software

At work, I have two monitors. Both of them are Dell E198WFPs, however, manufactured 8 months apart from one another, so they're not from the same lot. I'm looking to calibrate them. Currently, my ...
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What is a free/open source tool to allow me to control another computer or use it as a second monitor? [duplicate]

I tried MaxiVista (their free trial) recently for using my laptop as a second monitor and it worked great. It also allowed me to control my laptop from my desktop PC. Does anyone know of a tool that ...
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How can I use a DVI splitter cable on 1 DVI port?

I have a GTX 275 video card with 2 DVI ports. I already run 2 monitors, but I've seen cables that plug into one DVI port and split into 2 more connectors. Is there some special trick to getting this ...
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How to disable sticky corners in Windows 8?

I have 2 monitors and in Windows 7 I used to just mouse-flick maximized windows from one monitor to the other. With Windows 8 however (charms disabled), my mouse hangs in the corners while doing ...
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Is there a way to fake a dual (second) monitor

Is there a way to fake a dual monitor for testing. I have only one monitor and I have to make an application that is suitable for two monitors. The second monitor screen should appear as a window ...
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Is it possible to connect a MacBook to two monitors?

My friend has a MacBook from around when OS X Leopard came out. It's one of the white plastic ones. Can he connect this to two monitors? If not, what does he need to do so? Moderator Edit: ...
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Can I use an onboard and pci vga simultaneously?

I have an old machine I'd like to get running with dual monitors. The pci vga only has only 1 output port. However, I have another output via the onboard video card. Can I leverage both video cards to ...
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3 Monitors, 1 graphics card

I have a Nvidia GT 120 graphics card. It has a VGA, DVI and DMI output. Can I have 3 monitors with this? One for each port. Also if not, can I use DVI and HDMI and have 2 monitors. I know I can do 2 ...
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Three monitors setup on machine with integrated graphic card

I have a HP DC7100 and want to use three screens with it. The machine has an integrated graphics card, 2 PCI slots, 1 'PCI-E x 16' and 1 'PCI-E x 1' slot. What is the best setup for three screens? ...
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What is the best way to enable the use of triple monitors?

I'd like to use three screens. I've looked on Google and found a lot of different and contradicting answers, so I decided to post a question. What I have now: three screens, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX ...
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Multi-monitor Usage [closed]

How many different applications do you use with a 2, 3, 4, 5 or more monitor setup? What's the most sophisticated multi-monitor setup you've seen? To be more specific, I would like to know exactly ...
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Minimize all windows on the active monitor

I'm looking for a way to use a keyboard shortcut to minimize all the windows on the monitor that currently has my mouse on it. I found this page: http://vbcity.com/forums/t/163339.aspx but that ...
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How to disable monitor auto detection in Windows 7?

I am currently running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with a dual monitor setup with an NVIDIA 7950 GT graphics card. One monitor is dedicated to this machine and the other monitor is connected to a DVI ...
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How to use different scaling for every monitor?

One of the new features in Windows 8.1 is the new "Desktop display scaling", which allows user to configure scaling per monitor. I've been trying to get this working in preview but with no success. If ...
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Windows 7 display profiles shortcuts for switching monitor setups

I have 3 monitors attached to my 8800GTS, which can only use 2 at a time. I use 3 different setups: single screen (1) dual screen (1+2) single screen + TV out (1+3) having to click screen ...
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How can you maximize a window on to dual monitors in Windows 7?

I have dual monitors and I want to span my current window so that it appears as one giant window on both monitors. Does anyone know how to do this natively from windows? If not, any free utilities ...
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Windows 8 Metro/Modern Start Screen with Multiple Monitors — Keep it always maximized?

Before installing Win 8 today, my plan was to keep the Metro UI up on my smaller, laptop monitor and have the classic UI running on my two larger monitors. However, in reality, as soon as I click on ...
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Set one background to stretch across multi-monitor display?

I have two monitors and my coworker has three. We were wondering if there was a way to set a single background image to stretch across all the monitors. Right now it's the same image but repeated, so ...
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Is there a way to duplicate the taskbar across multiple monitors in windows 7?

I don't want to expand it. I want to duplicate it on both, keeping the expanded desktop
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Maximum number of monitors Win 7 Supports?

I want to set up a system with (9) monitors arranged in a 3x3 grid. Is this configuration possible with Windows 7? Does it max out at a set number of monitors? Any suggestions about known working ...
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Is there any way to get a windows application to always start on “Monitor n”?

The specific app I'm having a problem with is Firefox but I'd like a generic solution. I have 2 monitors the larger is my main monitor. I would like to be able to tell windows that every time I start ...
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How to automagically move windows between monitors with one keystroke?

In Windows I had this great little app that allowed me to move application windows between 2 monitors with a click of a button (or a key-stroke). I'm aware of an application that will change the ...
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prevent monitor switching when closing laptop lid

I got one of those little lilliput external monitors for my laptop. When I close the lid on my laptop, it switches the primary display to external monitor. I want to prevent it from doing this, and ...
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Daisy-chainable DisplayPort Monitors

I am the proud new owner of a MacBook Pro with a mini-DisplayPort. My desk setup used to allow me to position the screen of my old MacBook beside an external monitor, essentially allowing dual-head. ...
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Multiple Monitors with one DisplayPort

I've read that DisplayPort supports multiple monitors. My question is how can I connect 3 monitors with one display port, is there such a splitter? I have 2 DVI monitors and one VGA (which I could use ...
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How to move an application's dialog box from a disconnected monitor to the main

I have a problem similar to this question, where I have a dialog box (several, actually) that opens on a disconnected monitor. Since the dialog box does not have an entry on the taskbar, I cannot ...
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What registry key or windows file determines where monitors are placed in a multi monitor environment?

I have a laptop with a USB to VGA adapter which allows me to add a third monitor to my laptop (the second monitor uses the onboard slot). It worked fine on Windows Vista - you could go into Windows' ...
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How do you get multiple monitors to display different background images in XP

I am wanting to get a nice, lightweight solution to having multiple monitors display different background images. I know that the existing thinking is install UltraMon or Display Fusion. I am also ...
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Do KVMs exist for multiple monitors?

If I have my PC setup with 2 monitors (for wide desktop, useful for web development), and my mac setup with multiple monitors - is there a KVM available that can support this? It seems most of them ...
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Can the new MacBook / MacBook Pro Support Dual EXTERNAL Monitors

I'm a looking at getting a new MacBook or MacBook Pro, but what I'd like to do is have it drive 2 external Dell 24" monitors 1920x1200, and I want to close the lid on the laptop itself Can the ...
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Stop Start Screen on W8 from minimizing on dual screens [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 8 Metro/Modern UI with Dual / Multiple Monitors? I'm running Windows 8 with two screens, and have set it so that I have Metro on my secondary screen, because I ...
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Is it possible to make consoles full screen?

Is it possible on to switch a console to full-screen in Windows XP on a single monitor? Meaning on a dual monitor that only the left (or right) screen displays the console while the other one remains ...
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Use laptop A's LCD as secondary monitor for laptop B [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I use my laptop as a second monitor for my desk computer? I have a working laptop (laptop A), but am interested in using the laptop's LCD as a secondary monitor for ...
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How can I force Excel 2007 on Windows 7 to always open another instance of the application? [duplicate]

I want to be able to compare to large spreadsheets side by side... Since you can not natively expand to all monitors I would like to have the two documents open in two instances. These files are ...
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Multiple video cards on Windows 7

I've got an Nvidia Geforce 9500GT and am thinking of buying an ATI Radeon HD 4850. I have two PCI-Express slots. Would I be able to run these cards simultaneously on Windows 7? I want to also be ...
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Is it possible to retain multi monitor settings when one monitor is “unplugged”?

Background Info I recently completed a new 'Home Theater' setup in our new house. In the living room I have a TV and sound bar, and in my office on the other side of the wall I have my PC (running ...
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How can I play games on a triple monitor setup using my Nvidia graphics card?

I have a new nVidia GTX 560 based card and an older GTX 260 card. I have a single 2560x1600 monitor on the 560 (center of my desk) and two 2560x1600 monitors on the 260. (to the left and right of ...
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Can Remote Desktop connect only 2 monitors when the client has 3 or 4 monitors connected?

I have three monitors (all 1920x1200) connected to my desktop and I would like to RDP into another computer (running Windows Server 2003) and use only two of my three monitors. The main monitor is ...