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Windows 7: opening app on non-primary monitor

04 Jan 2017   #1
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 
opening app on non-primary monitor

Trying to get this app to open on secondary monitor, or maybe there is a workaround. I use lotus 1-2-3 a lot, a program from 1998. No matter what it wants to open on my primary monitor, which I do not want. I've tried the trick where you unmaximize it, move it to the secondary monitor, close it, then re-open it in hopes it will open on the secondary monitor but that does not seem to work.

btw I use displayfusion pro 3.1 for multimonitor management and want to keep using it. I read that ultramon may be better, but do not want to switch.

Lately I've been coping by doing a workaround where I make my lotus 1-2-3 monitor my primary instead of secondary, then moving all desktop folders and taskbar over to the other monitor (which use to be the primary), but then it becomes annoying anytime I save a new file or folder to the desktop, I have to manually move it from the new primary monitor back to the old one. Kudos if you can follow along here.

Any other ideas?


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04 Jan 2017   #2
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Have a look at my thread and the setting in DisplayFusion that I mentioned.

programs forgetting which display they were opened/closed from
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04 Jan 2017   #3
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Hey thanks, I'm playing with that setting now. Getting some weird results, here's my deal so far...

whether I check or uncheck "move newly opened application windows to the current monitor" the program will open on whichever monitor its shortcut exists. That is, move the shortcut to a different monitor and that's where the program opens. Same result if I click on the .exe directly from a folder - if the folder is shown on monitor 2, the program will open on monitor 2. Checking or unchecking the displayfusion setting in question seems to have no impact.

Within the shortcut properties, no matter what I put next to the "run" option, whether start maximized, start minimized, or normal windows, the program always starts maximized.

I tried creating a batch file on monitor 1 that points to a shortcut on monitor 2, but in that case the program is still starting on monitor 1.

One more thing, no matter on what monitor the program is running, its right-click dialogs work like this - you can right-click anywhere within lotus 1-2-3 and it will show you a menu of things you can do, and that menu shows on the same monitor you are running on. Good so far. But once you select anything on the right-click menu, THAT dialog will open only on the primary monitor.

My goal is to make a click of some type on monitor 1 and have the program open on monitor 2, but it hasn't happened yet

Alternatively, perhaps is there a way to just go back to making my lotus monitor my primary monitor, but somehow telling windows that when it saves a file to desktop, the desktop is really on monitor 2? That would also solve this.
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04 Jan 2017   #4
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Make sure all programs are closed. Uncheck the box like in the pic below (leave the other one checked). Open a program you want, drag it to your preferred display and then close it. The next time you open it it should appear on the "correct" display.

How many displays are you using and any other multi-monitor programs?


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04 Jan 2017   #5
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

3 displays, am only using displayfusion on win7 pro

made the changes to displayfusion you pointed out

just did what you said with three different programs, and all reopen on the new display just like you said, however Lotus 1-2-3 does not, it always opens maximized on the monitor where its shortcut or folder is when I click to open it.
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04 Jan 2017   #6
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Does this only happen with Lotus?
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04 Jan 2017   #7
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

yes only with lotus. Its pretty old, lotus 1-2-3 v9.8, millenium edition. There is no newer version though. You'd think I could do something in the registry or group policy to this, but not sure what.

If I could just tell windows that when it puts on file on the desktop to put it on monitor 2 instead of the primary monitor, I'd be good to go and would not have to mess with lotus.
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05 Jan 2017   #8
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I have no experience with Lotus. If you right click the icon, do you have any options as to which monitor it opens on?
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05 Jan 2017   #9
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Nothing on the right-click menu but within lotus user settings there IS an option to always open maximized and it was indeed checked. So that must have been overriding displayfusion. Now that its unchecked, here's what happens.

Open it, unmaximize it, move it to second monitor, close it, re-open it and VOILA it does open (unmaximized) on the second monitor. Progress!

BUT since I'm wanting it to always open maximized, when I move it unmaximized to the second monitor, then maximize it and close it, thereafter it opens on the primary monitor. So its not opening maximized on the second monitor with any method yet.

Thinking outside the lotus box though, do you have any thoughts about leaving lotus out of this altogether and just using some windows setting to tell windows to place new desktop icons on the monitor 2 desktop rather than monitor 1 (primary) desktop? That would solve everything cuz then I could just make my lotus monitor the primary. I think ultramon may do this, may be time to switch to it..
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05 Jan 2017   #10
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

At work. Ill look into it when I get home
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