Spanned desktops

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by asmith3006, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. asmith3006 macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2006
    Is it possible, when spanning your desktop across two screens, to set the external screen as the "main" screen. Specifically to have the dock and menu bar on?
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Absolutely. In the Displays pane (on the Arrangement tab) of System Preferences, just drag the menu bar onto the external monitor.
  3. asmith3006 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2006
    cheers. Also, when I close my macbook lid it goes to sleep, does this behavior still happen when you have an external screen attached? I want to use an external keyboard, mouse and screen on my macbook so want to close the lid.
  4. mattscott306 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2007
    Yes, the MB will go to sleep unless you tell it not to. I'm on my work PC right now so I can't tell you the workaround, but I'll post it when I get home (if someone else hasn't beaten me to it).
  5. Mydriasis macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2005
    I dont know how to keep the MB awake when you close the screen, but I know if the screen in down and you awake the MB by sending any awake message (like hitting a button on the mouse or keyboard), the screen stays off.

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