Dual screens: Full screen on one, while still enjoying the other.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Kalixa, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Kalixa macrumors member

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    Hello. I have a macbook pro, which is hooked up to a 17 inch lcd, so I have two screens for myself. The problem is that each time I wan't an app to go fullscreen. For example Preview, Frontrow or iTunes, just to name a few, the other screen will just go black. Is it possible to say, watch a movie on my LCD screen, but still surfing the internet using my laptops screen?
     
  2. macmattmini macrumors newbie

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    I have a feeling that if you watch a video in VLC media player, you can have it full screen on one monitor, and still use the other screen - thats what i tend to do.

    Matt
     
  3. Kalixa thread starter macrumors member

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    That is correct. I just tried. I would just like it to be possible with other applications than VLC.
     
  4. PCRanger macrumors regular

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    You can use Quicktime in fullscreen whilst doing other things.
    If you go to the preferences, the option can be found there.
     
  5. Kalixa thread starter macrumors member

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    So there is no universal way to do this. I just have to hope that the individual apps which I want in full screen will have an option to do so?
     
  6. kostia macrumors regular

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    DVD Player also has the option, but yes, it's a per-application thing.

    One trick I've used (not perfect) is to keep the video or whatever in windowed mode, but maximize the window. Then use control-scroll (universal access zoom) to zoom in a little, enough so the border disappears and the video fills the screen. The laptop screen will be zoomed too, but still usable.
     
  7. Kalixa thread starter macrumors member

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    That sure is a sad and dirty hack. I sure wish apple would make some improvements for using multiple screens.

    Thanks for your suggestion.
     

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