MBP + External Monitor Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MPHL, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. MPHL macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2008
    I have a new MacBook Pro and I am getting a 24'' Dell external display.

    My question is this... How does the "spaces" application work with an external monitor. Does it treat is as one space or can a new set of spaces be launched from the external monitor??

    Any information on this would be helpful, Sorry if my question is poorly worded, its kind of hard for me to explain.

  2. telecomm macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    Let's say you've got Spaces set up to have 4 different spaces. That gives you 4 desktops to work with. If you then connect an external monitor, you've got an extended desktop that spans two monitors. When you use Spaces, you still get 4 different spaces, but now each consists of a monitor pair. (The monitors appear side-by-side in my configuration, so I get 8 screens, one pair in each of the 4 Spaces regions.)
  3. msprouls macrumors member


    Feb 5, 2007
    I just got a MBP 15" and have a Dell 2407 and it works just as the previous poster reported.

    I just made the switch from PC and can tell you it works really well. I have played with dual head setups on windows boxes and that just what it is.... playing, maybe it's better now.

    With osX you just move the monitors into arrangement of your liking under system pref and move the menu bar to the monitor of your choice and you are done, no drama at all.

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