Question on using macbook with an ext. screen.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by domemvs, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. domemvs macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2009
    Hi guys.

    I bought my MiniDisplayPort to HDMI adaptor today and I have to say (almost) everything works alright. I dragged my Dock and my Menubar respectively to the external screen.

    Now I have the following issue: how can I an impact on WHERE a new program-window is being started? Some programs open on the external screen and some on the macbook one's. I thought the macbook would kind of momeorize the location where a new program(-window) should be opened. That works fine with a several number of programs, but for example GIMP (X11) always opens in the internal macbook screen.

    Any suggestions?
  2. domemvs thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2009
    Nothing to say about that?
    It worked fine till today. My Mozilla TB doesn't want to start in the macbook's screen anymore!?

    Any ideas? Please?
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    GIMP behaving the way it does is normal - X11 programs aren't privy to the automatic window state saving/restoring Mac OS X does for native programs. As for Thunderbird behaving oddly, odds are the default window position isn't set to something valid. This can be fixed by either editing the plist file or deleting it.

    There are 2 ways to edit the plist:
    1. Use the defaults command in Terminal
    2. If you have Xcode installed, use Property List Editor

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