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Thunderbird - dual monitors ?

Posted on 2010-09-21
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I have Windows 7 with two monitors.
Anyway to get the detail panel to show on a second monitor?
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by:Marc Z
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Detail panel?  what version of TB?

does this help?
Go to Tools --> Options --> Advanced --> Reading & Display (tab). Change the "Open messages in:" selection to "A new message window".
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by:Marc Z
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oh, After that, you have to open a message, drag it to the second monitor, close it, then the next time you open a new message it should go there again.
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by:Jess31
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I wasn't asking about opening an email but when it is displayed. There are three sections on the screen that are displayed - the folder, the headers and the details. I would like to get the Details to show on second monitor.
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by:Marc Z
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"Details".
What version of TB?  You're using win7. Can you use the snipit tool and markup a screenshot of the Details so I can see what you are referring to?  It kind of sounds like the preview pane, but I'm not sure.
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by:Jess31
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using version 3.1.4 of TB, and windows 7.
When you go to View / Layout there are three option - Classic, Wide and Vertical. Each of these have three panels - Folder, Headers, and Detail (actual email/message). What I'm looking to do is have the Detail display in another monitor, as  I browse, not when I open it
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by:Marc Z
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I don't believe that is possible but I'll take a look when I get in front of TB later today.
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by:Jess31
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Did you have a look?
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Marc Z earned 500 total points
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Sorry Jess31, I must have overlooked this response. it's been a while, obviously, since i've been back here to EE.

As I'm sure you have figured out by now, you can't do what you want, without some CRAZY workarounds.

You COULD drag TB to the Left hand window, Don't maximize it, but pull the right hand side of it to the desired size partially on to the right hand montior, change your Thunderbird View->Layout to Vertical View, make sure Preview Pane is still showing, resize the window again to keep the Preview Pane (which you have called Details)  in the right hand monitor and the rest of your TB on the left hand monitor.
Of course, if you are using the Lightning add-on (calendar) you may have to turn off the Today pane (F11).

I realize that doesn't give you the Preview pane opening in a separate window, but there isn't a way to separate the Preview pane from the emails them selves.  The only other workaround, I gave you already with the Messages themselves being opened in a New Window, but that isn't as fast or convenient as the Preview pane.

Sorry I couldn't help.
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