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  • Richard Olpin Level 1 (5 points)

    Not suggesting you should post here mate, it's great to discuss with others..


    Just reminding you that Apple won't necessarily be listening here so it's still important to post a bug report if you want to make sure that Apple hear your opinion..

  • davefrombaltimore Level 1 (0 points)

    I can no longer send full screen video to my HDTV from iTunes or quicktime without disabling my other displays. 


    Maybe this lost functionality is a "feature." Just buy an apple TV and use buggy Airplay instead. This is the only "workaround" that I have found so far.


    8 core Mac Pro user and I am considering going back to 10.5.8 because it handles full screen apps in the background better than 10.6 or 10.7.


    Way to miss the point Apple!


    Loyal power user since 1984

  • Etienne Maheu Level 1 (0 points)

    At least, there is a workaround. Go to system preferences > Display > Arrengement. You will see that one display have white bar at the top (the menubar). This is your primary display; the one that will be used for fullscreen applications. When you want to fullscreen a movie on an other display, simply drag that white bar to the other display and you're done.

  • Richard Olpin Level 1 (5 points)

    Or, just use VLC

  • Mactheny Level 1 (0 points)

    Under Leopard and Snow Leopard there was a nice program which anticipates the whole fullscreen hype: RightZoom. Just one shortcut and you maximize your window. Works under Lion as well on every displays.


    And if you like working without menu bar, you can use Megazoomer. Unfortunatly it does’nt work  with every Lion app... .

  • Mactheny Level 1 (0 points)

    I find a way to change the ugly fullscreen texture on the left display. Path: > System > Library > Frameworks > AppKit.framwork > Versions > C > Resources > NSTexturedFullScreenBackgroundColor.png.

    (Needs admin rights.)


    And if you hate the Mission Control background you have to change following pngs:






    Path: > System > Library > CoreServices > > Contents > Resources

  • John Kitchen Level 3 (645 points)

    This is the single reason why I am still using Snow Leopard on my iMac which has two additional displays connected to its ThunderBolt ports.


    I didn't buy monitors to display fake grey linen.  The real linen is cheaper.


    Please provide feedback on this design decision via -


    I'm hoping that if enough pressure is built up, they'll add an option:-


    "Allow me to use my external displays = Yes/No"


    I use Aperture, and here is what it looks like under Snow Leopard


    example screen shot as it should be.jpg



    When running Lion, the left and right screens look like this

    grey pattern on display 2.png


  • ruster089 Level 1 (0 points)

    yes this dual screen fullapp problem is for me a desaster two !!

    for my work i must watch quicktime movies in fullscreen on my second screen i love quicktime but now

    i am forced to download VLC player!!

    And why i cant use the second screen when a app is in fullscreen ??

    i cant believe it !!!

    please god fix it !

  • Mactheny Level 1 (0 points)

    Who can read posts has a real advantage... .


    Get RightZoom and forget Apples Fullscreen hype!

  • davefrombaltimore Level 1 (0 points)

    Thats not a solution. All this does is change the behavior of the zoom button. Please try to understand the issue before posting.

  • John Kitchen Level 3 (645 points)

    ruster, I doubt that a god will fix this, but Apple might if you ask them at -

  • geetduggal Level 1 (0 points)
  • John Kitchen Level 3 (645 points)



    Once having tricked it, will it allow existing open apps to display normally?


    Do you have to keep tricking it whenever going into fullscreen mode?


    And do you think it will work with more than two displays?

  • geetduggal Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi John,


    > Once having tricked it, will it allow existing open apps to display normally?


    If we understand your question, I believe so.  When we perform the trick, no other applications seem to be affected.  However, we do notice that when opening Safari or Chrome, the autocomplete box for the URL opens in another space temporarily but then returns you to your full-screened space after you choose the URL.


    > Do you have to keep tricking it whenever going into fullscreen mode?


    Anytime you open an application in an existing full-screened space, the trick must be applied.


    > And do you think it will work with more than two displays?


    When an application successfuly loads in a full-screened display, there doesn't appear to be a restriction on where you can move the application.  We don't have a dual external monitor setup to try this on, however.


    Also, this is of course just a hack.  As awesome as Apple stuff is, they need to fix this :-).

  • John Kitchen Level 3 (645 points)



    Thank you so much for your reply!!


    Another question just to clarify things. 


    Let's say I have Aperture open on my main display, but not in full screen mode.  And I have other apps which I want open on the 2nd and 3rd displays.  Then I use your trick like this


    Switch Aperture to full screen mode

    Do the three finger move, hold it, and then open TextEdit etc


    Will all the other apps now become (or stay) visible on the secondary display(s)?

    Will the situation stay stable is I switch back and forth beaween Aperture (in fullscreen mode) and the other (non-full screen mode) apps


    Sorry if I'm kind of asking the same question again, but the devil is in the details.

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