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Dual monitors and fullscreen fiasco, is there a work around?

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  • DcGamer05 Calculating status...

    Apple needs to fix this Im still in snow leopard and dont plan to move to Lion unless this issue is addressed. I dont see that as more productive its much less productive, and negates the whole reason why I have a mac to output to my TV and watch movies while browsing or playing other games.

     

    Totally unacceptable that trick does sound interesting I might try it next time Im around a lion computer.

  • John Kitchen Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)

    Geet

     

    I tried your trick, but when I click on TextEdit, Aperture slides off the screen.

     

    When I bring Aperture back, I can see TextEdit, but not the previously opened apps

     

    But it was an interesting experiment!

  • geetduggal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's interesting -- I'll have to try that with my copy of Aperture.  I know that Terminal and TextEdit work just fine in combo.    Thanks for letting me know :-)

  • jenrowsell Calculating status...

    Absolutely INSANE. I can't believe Apple released an OS that does this. I have a TV that I watch movies on using my Macbook, and now this doesn't work with dual screens!! It better be fixed in the next update or I'm going back to Snow Leopard. Biggest waste of $30.

  • Greencard Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    If you do Fullscreen in Firefox, it avoids the Safari fullscreen error for 2nd monitor

    Great for watching YouTube

  • palmerjared Calculating status...

    I absolutely shocked that his made it through the what should be rigorous testing and development at Apple.  In a world where dual screen (or more liek me with 4 monitors running on a mac pro) is so common place with most desktop users this is a glaring oversight to take the versatility of dual screens and cut them off at the knees.  I don't see Apple eliminating the dual or quad screen inputs in their mac pros, or even their mac mini's for that matter.  So why the glaring "oops our software doesn't work with the hardware the WE put out.  Good on everyone posting the complaint because it's a BIG one and hopefully we'll see a patch to lion soon so that I can go back to this crazy little thing called multi tasking.....C' Mon Apple you are so better than this....

  • John Kitchen Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)

    Palmerjared,

     

    You must be really ticked off having 3/4 of your monitors rendered useless.  Only 2/3 of mine turned grey, so I guess I'm lucky?  ;-)

     

    Apple Engineering doesn't read these discussions, so I would encourage you to report this through the feedback page at http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

     

    If you feel passionate enough, you could do what others have, and that is sign up for a free Developer account (using your Apple ID), and report it through their Bug Reporting system.

  • palmerjared Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks!  Will do!

  • Matt Wie Calculating status...

    I hate to say it, but how can this be so difficult? Why did Apple have to over complicate this.  Seriously it's taken them what, 10+ years to introduce this feature MS Windows has had from the start and when they do introduce it, it's virtually unusable.  Why cant the window just maximise to the edge of the screen like on windows?  All this Mission control/dashboad/full screen/corners makes me giddy - I have windows flying around everywhere.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)

    Matt Wie wrote:

     

    I hate to say it, but how can this be so difficult? Why did Apple have to over complicate this.  Seriously it's taken them what, 10+ years to introduce this feature MS Windows has had from the start and when they do introduce it, it's virtually unusable.  Why cant the window just maximise to the edge of the screen like on windows?  All this Mission control/dashboad/full screen/corners makes me giddy - I have windows flying around everywhere.

     

    I think you're confusing Full Screen with a Maximized screen. Windows has had a maximized screen option since Windows 95, probably to soften the impact of transitioning from DOS. But, Full Screen mode is not quite the same thing.

     

    The current Full Screen mode is more comparable to what happens on an iPhone or iPad, devices not commonly used with 2nd monitors. The idea is to focus everyhting to the one screen.

     

    Note, have you ever tried using Excel for Windows with 2 spreadsheets, one on each screen, with a two monitor setup?

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  • John Kitchen Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)

    Lanny wrote:

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    Note, have you ever tried using Excel for Windows with 2 spreadsheets, one on each screen, with a two monitor setup?

     

    Lanny, that's funny.  Used to drive me crazy when using Windows.  I'm happy to say that under Snow Leopard, Excel 2011 is able to give me three full-screen spreadsheets, one on each of my monitors.

     

    I have no idea what the Exel behavior is under Lion, because I reverted when I saw how it treated Aperture.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)

    John Kitchen wrote:

     

    Lanny wrote:

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    Note, have you ever tried using Excel for Windows with 2 spreadsheets, one on each screen, with a two monitor setup?

     

    Lanny, that's funny.  Used to drive me crazy when using Windows.  I'm happy to say that under Snow Leopard, Excel 2011 is able to give me three full-screen spreadsheets, one on each of my monitors.

     

    I have no idea what the Exel behavior is under Lion, because I reverted when I saw how it treated Aperture.

     

    Office 2011 hasn't been updated for Lion's full screen mode, but when it is, it'll probably act the same as the other current full screen apps. However, you can use maximized screen apps on multiple screens just like you can in Snow Leopard. The key is that a maximized screen is not the same as a full screen.

  • Matt Wie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Excel works perfectly when using multi monitors on Windows.  You just have to run two copies of Excel.  Once you've done that you just expand each window to fill the screen.  I do this every day.

     

    Apple's implementation of full screen / maximise window is a comedy of errors, they just can't get it right.

  • Matt Wie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Maximise and Full Screen features both work badly.  In fact I would argue Apple have not managed to work out how to maximise a window yet.  Don't get me wrong, I love my Apples, but this one area is the most frustrating thing about mac software full stop.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)

    Matt Wie wrote:

     

    Excel works perfectly when using multi monitors on Windows.  You just have to run two copies of Excel.  Once you've done that you just expand each window to fill the screen.  I do this every day.

     

    Apple's implementation of full screen / maximise window is a comedy of errors, they just can't get it right.

     

    Generally, you can't get the 2nd copy copy of Windows Excel to open.

     

    The green dot on Lion's iCal, Mail, and iWorks Numbers now functions as a maximize button. It maximizes vertical height and html page width on Lion's Safari and iWorks Pages. This is new and improved.

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