Moving an application to a second screen is not fully working

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by PhilEvans, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. PhilEvans macrumors newbie


    Dec 14, 2016
    I have done quite a lot of googling, and found nothing, so I'm hoping some of the experts on here can help....

    I have a Macbook Pro - a new 15" touchbar retina &c &c model. When I work from home, I plug a monitor in, so I have two displays - my Macbook screen, and my HDMI monitor. I have "Displays have separate spaces" selected in the Mission Control preferences, so that I can (for example) keep one programme open on the second monitor, and it's always visible whichever space my Macbook screen shows. All fine so far.

    BUT - when I select to activate the programme on the second monitor, the desktop space on my Macbook switches too! I have tried enabling/disabling the "When switching to an application, switch to a Space..." option, and it has no difference.

    This doesn't happen with every program: the main culprit seems to be NoMachine Player (used for remote connections to work). Indeed, when I select NoMachine, the menubar on the HDMI screen still shows "Finder" and the menubar on my macbook screen shows the NoMachine menu!

    This suggests somehow dragging the NoMachine window over to the second screen didn't cause OSX to recognise the app as being on that Space.

    I have tried killing NoMachine, and launching it explcicly on the second display (i.e. two-finger click on the dock icon -> options -> display on desktop 2). It makes no difference.

    I realise this is likely a fairly unique problem, specific to the NoMachine / OSX combinastion, but does anyone have any ideas?

    I've had this problem with my current MBP, a 2012 retina MPB (15") and certainly for El Capitain and Sierra, I can't remember older OSes!
  2. Ritsuka macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2006
    I would try to contact NoMachine developers and tell them the issue.
  3. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Try turning off the "displays have separate spaces" option, log out & back in, then see if you can move the app to the other screen. It's possible this app doesn't play well with separate spaces.
  4. PhilEvans thread starter macrumors newbie


    Dec 14, 2016
    Thanks both. I have contacted the developers (hence the long delay in replying) but their response so far has not been helpful. Off work for Christmas right now, so will try the log out/in option when I'm back.
  5. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    This will solve it more often than not. I have a similar piece of software and this happens quite often.
  6. PhilEvans thread starter macrumors newbie


    Dec 14, 2016
    Just to follow up on this, for the sake of anyone who stumbles upon this via Google one day: as the developers have discovered this issue only occurs when I use Mission Control to move NoMachine to the external display. If I simply drag the window "up" off my MBP screen then it is all fine.. If I do it via Mission Control, the problem occurs!

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