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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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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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Can I use my laptop as a second monitor for my desk computer?

Is it possible to make my laptop's screen be a second monitor for my desk computer?
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With dual monitors, one rotated 90 degrees, how can I get windows to line up correctly?

I have two monitors. One rotated 90 degrees. The other at standard station. I've adjusted the two monitors to heights that are comfortable for me. Allow me to attempt some ASCII art to demonstrate: ...
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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 do you prevent the dock from switching monitors in OSX Mavericks?

In Mavericks, Apple introduced a "feature" where if you hover at the bottom of any screen the dock pops up on that screen. This is disrupting my workflow as I am constantly having the dock pop up ...
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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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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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VirtualBox to use dual monitors

I am am running Kubuntu Hardy Heron, with a dual monitor setup, and have VirtualBox on it running Windows XP in seamless mode. My problem is, I can't get virtualbox to extend to the second monitor. ...
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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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Triple (3) Monitors under Linux

I have a 3 monitor setup (each 1680x1050) via an Nvidia NVS440 (2 GPUs, 2 outputs per GPU totalling 4 outputs); this works fine under Windows XP,7 but caused considerable headaches under Linux (Ubuntu ...
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Different backgrounds for dual monitor setup

I have read and seen on videos that support for per-monitor backgrounds have been introduced natively in windows 8, but I cannot seem to find where to change the 2nd monitor background anywhere. ...
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How do I open a remote desktop session on a secondary monitor?

How do I open a remote desktop session on a secondary monitor (in full-screen)? It always seems to want to open on the primary one and I cannot find a switch which lets me choose. Is there a known ...
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How to Use 3 Monitors

Right now my setup has a nice big 24" flatscreen in the center with a 19" flatscreen to the left. But I have a big gaping hole on the right. I have a 3rd monitor to put there, but I'm not sure how to ...
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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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Tools for presenting PDF slides with presenter notes on second display

I made a presentation using the latex beamer class. Now I have a problem displaying notes only on my screen while presenting the slides to the audience. Beamer notes produce very wide pdf pages, each ...
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How to watch a video in full screen on multiple monitors?

How can I watch a video in full screen on multiple monitors? I'm using Windows 7 x64 and I can only make it go full screen on one monitor.
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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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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 I sleep one of the displays on a dual-monitor setup (running Windows 7)?

I want to be able to 'put the display to sleep' on one of my two monitors when it isn't needed, so it doesn't distract me or use unnecessary power. Ideally, the display would be asleep, but the OS ...
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Is Displayport preferable to DVI for monitor connections? [closed]

I'm currently running a single Dell 24" (2408WFP) screen, but am considering adding a second. The problem I've got is that I'm currently using the DVI connector to the on board graphics, so will need ...
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Looking for a real DisplayPort hub/splitter

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 to split Emacs over a dual monitor?

I would like to split Emacs over a double monitor. How do I do that?
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How can I stop Flash from leaving full-screen mode when it loses focus due to a mouse-click in the other monitor?

On a multi-monitor system, if I'm viewing a full-screen video in Flash on one monitor, clicking the mouse on the other monitor causes Flash to leave full-screen mode and revert to normal size. What's ...
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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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Is it possible to open Modern UI apps on a second display?

It seems like when opening the Modern UI version of IE from the Start screen, it will only open on the main display. Afterwards, I don't know how to move it to the second display, since Win+← and ...
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Add panel to secondary monitor on Ubuntu 10.04

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx and I was wondering if it is possible to put a panel on a secondary monitor. Here are methods I have tried which did not work: Click and drag the panel from the ...
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Is there a way to move the taskbar to another monitor?

I am using Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 and three monitors. I would like for my taskbar to be moved to the third monitor. How can I get it over there instead of on my primary monitor?
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Add Dock to second monitor on Mac OS X

Is it at all possible to add a dock to a second monitor on Mac OS X? If so, how?
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How to buy a computer that supports multiple monitors?

When shopping for a new desktop computer, I'd like to get one that allows me to use two monitors. Is that something that most current-generation video cards can do (in late 2012), or do I need to ...
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How do I get Windows 8 to run 2 Metro apps on each display of an extended display?

I have a Dell U2312HM 23" screen connected to my HP Envy laptop in Extended desktop mode. Is there a way I get 2 Metro "Windows 8 Style UI" to run side-by-side, with one app on each of the screens? ...
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How do I make YouTube videos fill up an entire screen when using dual monitors?

I am using a dual monitor setup on Ubuntu 9.10 using the TwinView configuration in NIVIDA X Server Settings. My total resolution is 2960x1050 pixels, and my individual monitors are 1680x1050 (primary) ...
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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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Monitor utilities

I'm a big fan of good monitor usage, but only currently use a few utilities to help me attain display nirvana across several systems and monitors. Part of this is due to not knowing what's available. ...
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Moving a window from a disconnected monitor to connected monitor on Vista

I have a laptop that runs Vista Mega Ultimate Amazing for Business 64-bit. When at work, I connect a monitor via USB (which totally rocks) to the "left" of the laptop monitor. It's identified as ...
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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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Mac: What's the keyboard shortcut for switching between video mirroring and and extended desktop screens?

What's the keyboard shortcut for switching between video mirroring and and extended desktop screens? In Display Preference the feature is called "Turn On Mirroring" or "Mirror Displays." It took me ...
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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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Multiple monitors - add border collision? (Windows)

I'm using Windows 7 and two monitors with different resolution. As you can see, the right monitor is bigger then the left one, so when I try to go to the right upper corner of the left monitor to ...
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Change Linux Console's Default Monitor

Is there any way to specify which monitor the console is displayed on in Linux? Details: I have a 3 monitor setup with 2 video cards. When I boot the computer, the BIOS displays on the PCI graphics ...
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Running Ubuntu with multiple monitors having a panel each

I have just installed Ubuntu and I'm trying to set up a correct configuration for having multiple monitors. I want the two monitors to have their own workspaces, yet the ability to drag a window from ...
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ATI Eyefinity under linux

I know that the new 5xxx series cards from ATI are capable of powering up to 6 monitors, but I was curious if anyone had any such luck setting this up under linux. I actually only have three monitors ...
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Broken mouse cursor on main monitor, Windows 7 64 Bit, ATI Radeon HD 7870

Quite a while ago my graphic card died and I had to buy a new one. I decided for an ASUS Radeon HD 7870. While I love the power of the graphic card and have no problems while playing games, I'm ...
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How can I make my multi-monitor setup wrap around?

I have a 4-monitor setup on Win7 Ultimate (nVidia 8800GTS + 6600GT), and I'm experimenting with various layouts for optimal awesomeness. One thing that really bugs me is the sheer distance that the ...
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USB to DVI adapter to get around two monitor limit of my graphics card?

My graphics card is an nVidia GTS 450 which will only run two monitors at a time, but I'd like to add a third one. Will I be able to do that using a USB to DVI adapter or would the limit still be ...
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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?

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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Open Multiple Instances of Excel without PERSONAL.xlsb Lock Message

How does one disable or hide the "PERSONAL.xlsb is locked for editing" message when opening more than one instance of Excel 2007? I have at least two instances of Excel open at all times, since I ...
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Using Vim/Gvim with multiple GUI windows

Is it possible to have 2 or more (G)vim windows for the same session, or at least share some buffers. Here, "window" refers to a Gnome(or KDE, or Windows etc.) window, not a VIM window. I use two ...
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Magical moving desktop icons

I have encountered a very strange behavior in Windows 7 that I cannot seem to identify and I have never seen or heard of on any system configuration. Whenever I move my mouse to the left-most edge of ...