Searching \ for '[TECH] Multiple Monitors' in subject line. ()
Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure! Help us get a faster server
FAQ page: www.piclist.com/techref/index.htm?key=multiple+monitors
Search entire site for: 'Multiple Monitors'.

Exact match. Not showing close matches.
PICList Thread
'[TECH] Multiple Monitors'
2009\01\06@020545 by William \Chops\ Westfield

face picon face
On Jan 5, 2009, at 10:46 PM, Matthew Mucker wrote:

> And I do, of course, use the second monitor for reference docs while  
> I do my
> coding on the first monitor.

So what kind of non-standard SW is there for managing multiple  
monitors (Mac OR PC.)  I've tried them a couple of times and find it  
really obnoxious to have "the desktop" extended across monitors that  
have different sizes and aren't actually next to each other (and "not  
good" even when they are "tiled.")  What I'd like is some utility that  
would allow me to throw up certain pages (windows of running apps, I  
guess) onto the second monitor where it would stay, untouchable, till  
I do something else special to get rid of it.   Meanwhile, the "main"  
monitor would get all the normal behavior, all the menus, and all the  
mouse pointers...

But I've never had enough motivation to try to track down third party  
multi-monitor apps that might be useful.  Does anyone have suggestions?

BillW

2009\01\06@021957 by Vitaliy

flavicon
face
"William "Chops" Westfield" wrote:
>> And I do, of course, use the second monitor for reference docs while
>> I do my
>> coding on the first monitor.
>
> So what kind of non-standard SW is there for managing multiple
> monitors (Mac OR PC.)  I've tried them a couple of times and find it
> really obnoxious to have "the desktop" extended across monitors that
> have different sizes and aren't actually next to each other (and "not
> good" even when they are "tiled.")  What I'd like is some utility that
> would allow me to throw up certain pages (windows of running apps, I
> guess) onto the second monitor where it would stay, untouchable, till
> I do something else special to get rid of it.   Meanwhile, the "main"
> monitor would get all the normal behavior, all the menus, and all the
> mouse pointers...
>
> But I've never had enough motivation to try to track down third party
> multi-monitor apps that might be useful.  Does anyone have suggestions?

Well, it kind of makes sense to have the monitors next to each other.
Multiple monitor configurations are supported natively by Windows, and you
have two choices: you can treat the two monitors as a single extra-wide
monitor, or have a primary and secondary monitors (which is probably what
you want).

In this configuration, your taskbar and icons reside on the primary monitor
(unless you move them).

Display Properties lets you align the monitors so that the cursor doesn't
"jump" while crossing the boundary.

Vitaliy

2009\01\06@040544 by Alan B. Pearce

face picon face
>So what kind of non-standard SW is there for managing
>multiple monitors (Mac OR PC.)

Not sure what you are doing that gives you problems with multiple monitors,
but I have no problem with them.

The trick is to be using XP or Vista when using Windows (don't know what the
story is with Macs), as then each monitor is 'sort of' treated separately.

On W2k it treats multiple monitors as one big screen, and so if you have two
monitors the logon prompt bridges across both, but on XP and later they are
treated in a more sensible manner. Then the only way to have a window bridge
across both monitors is to not have it maximized, so you can move it around.

However with XP and Vista, as soon as you maximize a window, it is maximized
on the monitor that has the largest percentage of the shrunk window, which
can make moving a maximized window between monitors a clever trick - shrink
the window, move it slightly so the other monitor has more of the window and
maximize again.

So no non-windows non-standard software required.

2009\01\06@044134 by Vanzo Stefano

flavicon
face

With the two monitors you can have Sun's VirtualBox running a different
OS on one of the monitors
Or you can have two completly different app running (datasheet and MPLAB)

I would say that once you try it, you will never go back to a single monitor

Stefano



William "Chops" Westfield ha scritto:
{Quote hidden}

2009\01\06@063617 by apptech

face
flavicon
face
>> ... What I'd like is some utility that
>> would allow me to throw up certain pages (windows of running apps, I
>> guess) onto the second monitor where it would stay, untouchable, till
>> I do something else special to get rid of it.   Meanwhile, the "main"
>> monitor would get all the normal behavior, all the menus, and all the
>> mouse pointers...

Most software is reasonably well behaved with two monitors.
The extended desktop behaves well enough with programs displaying there if
placed there and otherwise accessing the primary display.

When there is nothing else to do with the secondary display (not of course
that that ever actually happens) I like to put a random slideshow on the
secondary monitor so I can be distracted by memories of the places I have
been to while I try and work :-).


   Russell


2009\01\06@065213 by Gerhard Fiedler

picon face
On 2009-01-06 05:05:23, William "Chops" Westfield wrote:

> So what kind of non-standard SW is there for managing multiple
> monitors (Mac OR PC.)  I've tried them a couple of times and find it
> really obnoxious to have "the desktop" extended across monitors that
> have different sizes and aren't actually next to each other (and "not
> good" even when they are "tiled.")  

As other have said, with WinXP the desktop elements don't spread across
several monitors and stay on your primary desktop.

FWIW, I use MaxiVista <http://www.maxivista.com/> to add a third monitor
that is connected to a system that I use as a file server etc. I don't
work on it normally, but I have a monitor on it, and I can use that
monitor as third monitor of the system I'm working on. With a quick
keyboard shortcut I can switch it back to the server if I have to do
something there.

> What I'd like is some utility that would allow me to throw up certain
> pages (windows of running apps, I guess) onto the second monitor
> where it would stay, untouchable, till I do something else special to
> get rid of it.   Meanwhile, the "main" monitor would get all the
> normal behavior, all the menus, and all the mouse pointers...

At some point I tried UltraMon <http://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon/>
but didn't find it necessary for me. It adds a few monitor-related
commands to the usual windows-related commands and may do some of what
you're talking about here.

Gerhard

More... (looser matching)
- Last day of these posts
- In 2009 , 2010 only
- Today
- New search...