Duplicate menubar/Dock in different res monitors?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cube, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    OK, this seems to be a fundamental flaw in OSX. I cannot find how to do this:

    - I have a MBP and an external monitor and I want to use only one at a time.
    - I want to use the optimal resolution for each monitor.
    - It seems the only way to put the dock and menubar in both monitors is by mirroring, but that sets the external monitor at a lower resolution.
    - I don't want to have to drag the menubar from one to the other.

    Any solutions?
  2. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    To only use your MBP display, unplug the external (duh :))

    To only use the external, close the MBP lid and connect a mouse and keyboard.

    To use both, uncheck "Mirror Displays" to go into extended desktop mode. You can have separate resolutions, but only 1 can have the menubar. The dock can either be on the bottom of the display with the menubar or it will move between monitors depending on whether you select left or right.

    You cannot stretch the menubar or dock across two displays.
  3. cube thread starter macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    OK, but when I try to set the resolution higher than 1400x1050, even when only the external is working, I can't see the menubar or Dock.
  4. cube thread starter macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Crippled Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter.

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