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

Kalixa

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Jun 25, 2007
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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?
 

macmattmini

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Apr 8, 2006
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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
 

Kalixa

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Jun 25, 2007
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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
That is correct. I just tried. I would just like it to be possible with other applications than VLC.
 

PCRanger

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Dec 12, 2006
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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.
 

Kalixa

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Jun 25, 2007
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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?
 

kostia

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Apr 14, 2007
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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.
 

Kalixa

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Jun 25, 2007
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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.
That sure is a sad and dirty hack. I sure wish apple would make some improvements for using multiple screens.

Thanks for your suggestion.