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Can't use full screen on second display.

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  • Averageappleuser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 8, 2011 12:21 PM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    I'm refering to the original post,

    ronfrombantry wrote:

     

    Just installed Lion.

    Running a second display.

    The 'full screen' function doesn't work on the second display.

    What happens is, clicking 'full screen' icon makes the app window go back to the main display.

    Clicking again to make it 'usual size' sends it to the second display agin.

     

    So full screen doesn't work on a second display.

     

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Dec 8, 2011 2:00 PM (in response to Averageappleuser)

    you're not reading it clearly, fullscreen apps will take over the second display as a fabric background. The OP doesn't care which screen is the main one, he wants to be be able to use his second display while an app is in fullscreen mode.

     

    even if you change the other display to the main display, fullscreen will still block anything on the other display. therefore:


    ronfrombantry wrote:

     

    ...full screen doesn't work on a second display.

     

  • Averageappleuser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 8, 2011 8:38 PM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    My apologies, my understanding of it was that he wasn't able to to run fullscreen on the external display sorry.

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Dec 8, 2011 10:35 PM (in response to Averageappleuser)

    no appologies needed, I was just trying to let clarify for you. Keep up the trouble shooting! your input is always appreciated in these forums, every bit helps!

  • UK-Max Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
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    Dec 9, 2011 1:17 AM (in response to Averageappleuser)

    I have sent several reports to Apple on this subject, indeed one each time I encounter a new inconvenience caused by the new multi-monitor protocol - there have been many.

     

    This week I was contacted by Apple on this subject so although I have absolutely no information or knowledge about what they might be doing, I am heartened by the fact that the issue has at least reached the top of someone's pile.

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Dec 10, 2011 10:28 AM (in response to UK-Max)

    So what was the phone call about? Did they just want your system information??  Are you not allowed to say?

  • lberr2 Calculating status...
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    Dec 30, 2011 2:47 AM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    What I do when I want to view something in fullscreen with Lion on a secondary display is change the primary display by clicking and holding down on the white bar in the "System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement" and drag it over to the secondary display. You can then have full screen on the secondary display. Then when I am done I just swap it back over.

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    Jan 8, 2012 10:21 AM (in response to Oneironaut)

    .

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    Jan 15, 2012 10:23 AM (in response to lberr2)

    Thanks, this tip worked great for me.

  • matthardwick Calculating status...
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    Feb 10, 2012 10:13 AM (in response to UK-Max)

    When I first cotacted Apple about this I got a call back within a couple of days and they assured me they were aware of the issue but it was a "challenging engineering problem".

     

    I told them I had several ideas about how it could work, having a software and HCI and science background, then they closed up and shut up, and stopped listening to me. I guess they didn't like the idea of a user/customer coming up with ideas about how they could solve a large problem.

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Feb 12, 2012 9:05 PM (in response to matthardwick)

    What number did you call? who did you talk to? if anything, whoever it was probably had no clue what apple development was up to and speaking in anyway about it is probably prohibited.

     

    Your thoughts are better focused at: http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html or http://bugreport.apple.com if you think that it's breaking something on your machine.

     

    these two methods are a sure fire way to get apple's attention.

  • matthardwick Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 1:57 AM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    Wow condescension much?

     

    I didn't call, I got a call back. They seemed keen to hear my ideas which is why they called me several times. The first person I spoke to was in (what I can only guess was) PR, and he didn't have much idea of the situation or the fault; but he got an actual engineer to talk to me about the issues. We spoke several times and the PR guy rang me back a couple of times too.

  • UK-Max Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 3:23 AM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    Hi - sorry for the delay in replying, but the thread faded from my attention until it was bumped back a couple of days ago.

     

    There were 2 calls in fact, the first just to gather the usual system information and the second, with an engineer, to run thru' the problem. I had logged the problem via the developer's bug-reporter (see below), which allows you to monitor the status. It remains 'open', so I guess they're still working on it. I had high hopes for 10.7.3 but sadly not.

     

    https://bugreport.apple.com

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 12:58 PM (in response to matthardwick)

    @matthardwick: I didn't mean to sound condescending, I was trying to point you to other avenues since it seems like you've exhausted the ones that you already stated. I was merely stating that anything that Apple is working on is locked tight behind a wall of secrecy, so you're not going to get any information from them. However, again, it sounds like you have important information and I was trying to assist you in sending it directly to apple. If that was not your intentions then I miss read your post.

     

    @UK Max, I mention this link in the post you are replying to

  • matthardwick Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 1:55 PM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    I gave them my ideas, and that is when they shut up, so they already have them. The engineer seemed receptive to most of them, and kind of hinted that I was on the right track with their thinking... so it shows they are looking into things.

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