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Hi All:
I have looked all over for the answer to this, but I end up with either confilicting answers or answers for the opposite setup I have. Here's the deal:

I have a single monitor at home and wish to use Remote Desktop desktop to access my work PC, which has dual monitors. How does it work when I need to access the secondary monitor at work using RDC? Is there a way of switch between the 2 or does Remote Desktop handle it a different way (or at all?) I have only found answers regarding the /span option. but that appears to work for the opposite scenario (2 monitors at home, 1 at work).

thanks in advance,
Matt
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When you RDP into your work computer it will fit everything down to the size of your one monitor at home .

For example, I have two monitors running 1440 x 900 at work (2880 x 900 total)

When I connect from home (1024 x 768) all of my icons are moved around to fit into the one screen, which is kind of annoying when I get back to work and can't find my icons in the normal spot... :)
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by:sfarazmand
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spamster is correct. (love that name btw)
WYSIWYG
You are limited by what you are using to RDP to. If you have dual monitors at home you can use dual monitors. Keep in mind RDP is using your OS (operating system) to connect to another computer. It's not like you have a camera set up beind your monitors so you can see both.
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:) Thanks!
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by:mattk-tcw
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Thanks for the responses.

1. Is there a special command (ie. /span) that I have to invoke or does RDC just do it automatically.
2. So a window (say .. Outlook) that normally opens on the secondary monitor will just open with in my RDC window?
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1. RDC does it automatically if you're using a computer with one monitor to connect to a computer with multiple monitors.
2. Yes. One catch is if you're already logged in at work, and you have outlook open on your secondary monitor you *might* have to either close and reopen it, or just right click on Outlook's button on the taskbar and choose Restore (if it's maximized), then right-click it and choose move and it should show up. But it's usually fine. :)
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Thanks. It works as described.
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