Extended Desktop Help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by modestvolta, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. modestvolta macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Hi (first post!)

    I have an external display for my MacBook Pro, and I'd like to run some short tutorial videos on the external display while I use my MacBook to take notes, recreate lessons, etc.

    The problem is that every time I click a new video to watch it, it opens on the MacBook display, which means I have to then drag the video over to the secondary display. Is there any way to tell Quicktime to open the videos on the secondary display without resetting my monitor options? (I'd like my MacBook display to stay as the primary monitor.)

    I know I could just take notes on the secondary display, but the MacBook screen is a) connected to my keyboard (not a big fan of my non-MacBook keyboard. I like to call it my Windows gaming keyboard because that's all it's there for) so it's easier to use and b) it just looks better.

    Thanks! and sorry for the long post; hopefully this is in the right section (and hopefully I'm not asking a repeat question).
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen

    That would make the external screen/display your main display though.

    And the keyboard has nothing to do with how many displays you have connected.
    I use two keyboards at work, with two displays, and both keyboards can be used with both displays.
    But I think I get your meaning.
  3. mrbash macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2008
    Quicktime does not remember the last open position. This is a well known deficiency in QuickTime.

    Your solution to this would be to write an AppleScript script:

    tell application "QuickTime Player"
    	open URL url_path
    	play document 1
    	tell window 1
    		set position to {200, 200} -- # set window 1's position
    	end tell
    end tell
  4. modestvolta thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    So it turns out the easiest solution was just playing the videos in iTunes (pretty obvious in hindsight).

  5. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

    May 24, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    Ah man I hope that doesn't tire you out too much.

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