Have Apple fixed fullscreen on multiple monitors?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Jamie0003, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Jamie0003 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2009
    Norfolk, UK

    If you scroll down to System, it says this:

    Go full screen on any display
    If you have a secondary display connected to your Mac, you can take an app full screen on either display. Drag the window to the desired display and click the full-screen button.

    So does this mean Apple have fixed the bug where it would show the linen background when viewing a fullscreen app on an external monitor? If so this is brilliant :)
  2. ps3zocker macrumors regular

    May 3, 2012
    Yes, but you can still not have two fullscreen apps open at the same time :rolleyes:
  3. CyBeRino macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2011
    Also known as: no, it's still crap.
  4. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    Not even on the same monitor?
  5. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    I think it means just on different monitors, you can presumably still have several open and switch between them with Mission Control.

    This news is incredibly disappointing however, as Lion's fullscreen feature is perhaps the single worst feature in OS X's history for multi-monitor systems. It also seems Notification Centre still can't be moved onto a different screen, which nullifies its usefulness in a multi-monitor setup as well. Looks like AirPlay isn't going to be all it's cracked up to be, not that half of Apple's users can use AirPlay anyway since they've bound it to a chipset feature that several perfectly powerful machines (i.e - all Mac Pros) don't have.
  6. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    There is no bug when taking an app full screen. If all you see is a linen background, that means the app you are using hasn't taken advantage of how Full Screen works in Lion/ML by using the second screen for secondary windows related to the app.

    Either that or you just haven't opened any secondary windows for the app. For example, open Keynote or Preview and the Inspector panels for the app while in full screen. You can drag the inspector panels to your second monitor.

    Full Screen mode is meant to put the focus on the app you are using and therefore uses the secondary monitor for additional windows, boxes, and panels related to or produced by the app. If Adobe for example ever gets around to making Creative Suite work in full screen, all the panels should be able to be placed on the secondary monitor.

    The linen background is there so you don't have to move, close, or minimize other apps littering the background and being a distraction while your secondary windows/panels are on the secondary monitor.

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