How to make monitor using my MBP the main screen?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ReidStylez, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. ReidStylez macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2010
    I want to use a montior with my Laptop when I'm at home. How would I use my main monitor as the main screen? Like have the dock and status bar on it?

    Or is there a way to make it be the only screen when hooked up?
  2. TheJing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2011
    Somewhere in Europe

    Just go to System Preferences > Displays > detect displays and then you can choose which one you want to be your Main Display.
  3. ReidStylez thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2010
    That does nothing. I click detect displays and it just pauses for a second and then does nothing.
  4. ReidStylez thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2010
    oh, you can drag the status bar over to what monitor you want to use.
  5. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    If you want your external monitor to be the only one, you can use "clamshell mode" which is where you plug in your monitor, close your MacBook, and wake it up by pressing a key on an external keyboard. This will make it so it will be the only display and will be on even with your MacBook closed.

    If you want to use BOTH monitors but still have the external one be your primary one, go to Apple > System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement. Then drag the little white bar to the display you want to be your primary one.


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