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Windows 7: Full screen program on secondary monitor?


17 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Full screen program on secondary monitor?

Hey,

Is there any way in Windows 7 to force a specific full-screen program (like a game) to open on a secondary monitor? Or does full-screen stuff only work on the primary monitor?

- Phil

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17 Oct 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Many games have a setting in the options screen. Some ask you to choose your monitor when starting. Some you can hack to do so. They're all different.
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17 Oct 2009   #3

 

I have a couple of apps that I run full screen in the second monitor. They open there automatically when the monitor is on. Sun VBox and Hulu Desktop.

The apps just seem to remember their position. I made no setting.
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17 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Are you trying to do this because you prefer the position of your second monitor, or because you want to still be able to see the taskbar while playing?

I haven't been able to get any fullscreen games to run on my secondary monitor without switching it to the primary, but before I open them, I just unlock my taskbar and drag it to the second monitor so I can still see it while I'm playing.
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19 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Sorry for not responding over the weekend. The computer I want to do this on is a 16.4" laptop with a 22" external monitor. The screen on the laptop itself needs to be primary, but I want to play games on the larger monitor.
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19 Oct 2009   #6

 

Do the games fail to remember the preferred monitor?
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20 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Do the games fail to remember the preferred monitor?
I can't get them onto the preferred monitor in the first place. Well, if I put the game into windowed mode, I can drag it onto the second monitor. But then when I put it back in full-screen mode, it goes back to the primary monitor.
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20 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 -x6
 
 

what about running the game in a window. dragging that window to the 2nd monitor and maximizing the full window on that 2nd monitor.

To get a game or other full screen program to open in a window Create a shortcut to the program you want to run, Than right click and go to properties, Change the target to "Application or Game Location (this is already here)" -window ( or -w or /w depends on the program your trying to run)

it would look like this : "C:/games/worms" -window (actually i believe worms uses -w)

play around with it, see if it works.
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20 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Gamers window relocater will relocate any windowed window set to the resolution of the monitor. This means if you set a game to windowed mode at the same resolution as the monitor, then you can move it over and it will move it over so it looks full screen.

~Lordbob
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20 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheTeZ View Post
what about running the game in a window. dragging that window to the 2nd monitor and maximizing the full window on that 2nd monitor.

To get a game or other full screen program to open in a window Create a shortcut to the program you want to run, Than right click and go to properties, Change the target to "Application or Game Location (this is already here)" -window ( or -w or /w depends on the program your trying to run)

it would look like this : "C:/games/worms" -window (actually i believe worms uses -w)

play around with it, see if it works.
I can't play this particular game in windowed mode, because it's an RTS with edge panning (move the cursor to the edge of the screen to pan around the view). In windowed mode, this feature becomes nearly impossible to use.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Gamers window relocater will relocate any windowed window set to the resolution of the monitor. This means if you set a game to windowed mode at the same resolution as the monitor, then you can move it over and it will move it over so it looks full screen.

~Lordbob
Would you know if this program actually restricts cursor movement to the game's window only?
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