Main monitor - NO the air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bgsnmky, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2012
    I have hooked up my air to a larger monitor. And also have it setup to where they are not mirroring each other.

    BUT is there a way to designate which Monitor will be the main monitor. So the dock shows up on the NON air monitor.

    I an t figure out how to do that . (in the windows world you would tell it which one to be monitor 1 etc).

    Also, I noticed if I am on an application (i.e. Email or safari etc) and I take it to full screen, it moves what is on the 2nd monitor to blank. I have to keep it in NON frull screen. Is that normal? Or is there a setting where you tell the system if you go full screen to keep the other monitor available with what it has on it.
  2. macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2012
    I can only help you for you first issue which is very easy to solve.

    Go to the System Preferences -> Display -> Arrangement

    When you're there you should see your two displays, one of them (in your case your Air) should contain the menu bar which you will simply drag onto the other monitor displayed. Done.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2012
    COOL..that worked...I didn't realize that white one was menu bar!!
  4. macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Yeah haha I can understand that. That thing is tiny. I guess if I hadn't read the text above it I would have missed it too. But I'm glad I could help!
  5. macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2008
    Nope, fullscreen always deactivates the other screen. On Mountain Lion you can use the second display as the fullscreen one, simply by dragging the window to the second display before making the app go full screen, but then it will black out the main display.

    I hope apple addresses this in a future OS release.

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