Remote Desktop maximizing over both screens instead of one

Posted on 2009-02-11
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
Hi guys,

I have a Windows XP SP3 with 2 LCD displays which are connected to the laptop via Matrox analog dual-head connector. I am using Matrox Powerdesk SE to control the maximizing of the Windows on both screens. It is set to maximize the windows onto current screen. Everything is working fine except for remote desktop which is maximizing (meaning going to fullscreen mode) over both screens. I tried every possible setting of the Powerdesk but nothing worked.
I would like to have remote desktop maximized just on the current screen. Any ideas how to achieve this?

Question by:teknite
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    There is no way to extend that remote display over your second local monitor.
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    by:Toni Uranjek
    If you use RDP client 6.0 the following command should work:
    "mstsc /span"

    Remote Desktop Connection supports high-resolution displays that can be spanned across multiple monitors. However, the total resolution on all monitors must be under 4096 x 2048 pixels. The monitors must have the same resolution. Additionally, the monitors must be aligned side-by-side.

    "Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0)"


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    I suggest to use mstsc.exe for this.

    The command line parameters are described here:
    You can use the /w and the /h parameter to specifiy the dimension of one of your displays. If you cannot access the whole remote desktop because of the window borders and have to scroll vertical and horizontal, I suggest to use values for the /w and the /H parameter that are e. g. 50 pixels below the maximum value so that the complete remote desktop fits on one screen with its borders.
    Hope that helps...
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    Accepted Solution

    Sure there is.....

    start>run>mstsc /span

    Need both the target and the host ot have the same configuration though......

    For your situation though....

    Look in My Documents for the default.rdp file.....

    Edit the following....


    Your width is probably at 2560 (or similar, but you get the idea..)

    Then save it...

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