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For those of you with more than one monitor, can windows span two monitors?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: February 16, 2017 10:09AM
One thing I've always liked about Mac over Windows was that app could span multiple windows. That might not be the case on all Windows machines, but at best it's pretty rare.

Now with this new MBP, I've discovered it can't display a window across multiple screens. Not only that, but it has a hard time remembering window placement when I disconnect and reconnect (which I do many times per day to go to meetings.) Now I end up with, for example, a sliver of Outlook two monitors over from where it was. I have to click on that thing strip on the thin header to be able to drag it to another screen.




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Re: For those of you with more than one monitor, can windows span two monitors?
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: February 16, 2017 10:14AM
This sounds like a case for...... Mission Control! But maybe not. I haven't really used it, even from the Exposé/Spaces days. Can you try creating a desktop space that has the multiple windows when you're connected to external monitors, and another that just uses the laptop display? And switch between them based on your current setup?



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Re: For those of you with more than one monitor, can windows span two monitors?
Posted by: raz
Date: February 16, 2017 10:24AM
My recollection is that there's a setting somewhere to choose between
a) windows span multiple monitors
b) windows only live on one monitor, but you get the menu bar on both (with only one active)

I'd prefer a combination, but I need (b) more than (a)

YMMV



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Re: For those of you with more than one monitor, can windows span two monitors?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: February 16, 2017 10:39AM
Did you mean this?

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Re: For those of you with more than one monitor, can windows span two monitors?
Posted by: ArtP
Date: February 16, 2017 11:20AM
I think in 10.9 or 10.8 the ability to "SEE" part of a window on both screens went away.

I am on a iMac with 10.9.5 with external monitor. If I move this window to the other it shows a ghost image on Mouse click and hold but disappears on mouse release.

It still shows 1/2 the window on one screen but not the other.

Edit: just realized the ghosting follows opposite the Mouse pointer - if I click and move from the External - the iMac is ghosted until the Mouse pointer comes across to the iMac



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Re: For those of you with more than one monitor, can windows span two monitors?
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: February 16, 2017 11:25AM
Yes, they can.

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Re: For those of you with more than one monitor, can windows span two monitors?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 16, 2017 11:53AM
.........span...akopita....??



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Re: For those of you with more than one monitor, can windows span two monitors?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: February 16, 2017 12:11PM
In Mission Control preferences, there is a "Displays have separate Spaces" option. With that disabled you can have a window span ALL the monitors, although it will require a log out to take effect.
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Re: For those of you with more than one monitor, can windows span two monitors?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: February 16, 2017 12:35PM
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mikebw
In Mission Control preferences, there is a "Displays have separate Spaces" option. With that disabled you can have a window span ALL the monitors, although it will require a log out to take effect.

This.

It's just a feature you can turn on and off. Separate spaces has advantages and disadvantages but I never need windows to span 2 monitors so I just leave it on.
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Re: For those of you with more than one monitor, can windows span two monitors?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: February 16, 2017 04:12PM
That's probably what it is, but it requires a restart. It must have been reset when I did a OS upgrade. I normally keep it off.




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Re: For those of you with more than one monitor, can windows span two monitors?
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 16, 2017 05:51PM
The most annoying thing about 3 monitors is the launch bar. Or just the launch bar in general. And the dock. Or the dock in general.

Or just switching between applications part, of which neither really help with.



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Re: For those of you with more than one monitor, can windows span two monitors?
Posted by: bfd
Date: February 16, 2017 05:55PM
Never would've thought to look in "Mission Control" for this lost "feature".

Thx.
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