Spanned desktops

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by asmith3006, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. asmith3006 macrumors member

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    Is it possible, when spanning your desktop across two screens, to set the external screen as the "main" screen. Specifically to have the dock and menu bar on?
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Absolutely. In the Displays pane (on the Arrangement tab) of System Preferences, just drag the menu bar onto the external monitor.
     
  3. asmith3006 thread starter macrumors member

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    cheers. Also, when I close my macbook lid it goes to sleep, does this behavior still happen when you have an external screen attached? I want to use an external keyboard, mouse and screen on my macbook so want to close the lid.
     
  4. mattscott306 macrumors 68040

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    Yes, the MB will go to sleep unless you tell it not to. I'm on my work PC right now so I can't tell you the workaround, but I'll post it when I get home (if someone else hasn't beaten me to it).
     
  5. Mydriasis macrumors 6502

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    I dont know how to keep the MB awake when you close the screen, but I know if the screen in down and you awake the MB by sending any awake message (like hitting a button on the mouse or keyboard), the screen stays off.
     

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