Utilities for Multiple Monitors


  1. Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    Utilities for Multiple Monitors


    In my home theatre I have a Win 10 Pro PC , set up for Extended Display set up for:
    - a large 4k TV (the default), with high res settings (Monitor 2)
    - a small legacy 17" display, low-res settings (Monitor 1)

    The large screen is the default screen, as that's what I need to be displayed when watching media, and controlling things via a wireless keyboard on the couch.

    The purpose of the small display is simply so that I don't have to have to keep the large display on when:
    -doing minor config/setup work
    -listening to music via iTunes
    -viewing the 'current' song being played on my digital cable box
    -etc

    It's more or less working well, but THE ISSUE IS THIS:

    When working when both displays are on, and the active window in on the large display, I can select it and drag it over to the small display to work with. But when the large display is powered off, I am blind ; all I see is the task bar and whatever I launch goes , of course, goes to the default display.

    -Is there any tool or utility I can use to virtually see the open window on the active monitor and so I can drag it over?
    -Is there any tool or utility , like TeamViewer has, where there is a top level menu "Next Monitor" to help manage the screens.

    Ironically, when I do use Team Viewer from another room, its perfect as I can flip between monitors at will (as I am starting on the 'default' screen). But when I am in front the physical machine, in front of the small monitor, I dont have that option.

    What I kinda need is the multiple monitor option of Duplicated displays, but that does not work because of the different resolutions.

    I can use Show Desktop Only on 1, as I cant get there ( ie a right click will always show up on the large screen only as is the default.

    My workaround for now is poor. I need to power up the large display, drag the window (eg iTunes) to the smaller display, and then turn off the large TV.
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  2. Posts : 14,596
    Windows 10 IoT
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    If you press the Windows logo key and the P key, you could just switch it back to PC only and all Windows should open on the one screen. Then switch back to extend when using the two screens. I put shortcuts for PC only and Extend on my taskbar so I can switch with just one click. I only use one monitor when I game.
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  3. Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
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    Re those taskbar shortcuts, could you be kind enough to share the command line you use for:
    -PC only and
    -Extended

    If they work when only using the non-default monitor ( the one that only has the taskbar showing), that would be great!
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  6. Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
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    alphanumeric - a million thanks - that's what I needed. Seems to work perfectly.
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