Best Way to View Multiple Sceens / Monitors With VNC.

Posted on 2010-11-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hello All -

I frequently use VNC to remotely manage numerous workstations.  I have trouble. though, viewing computers with 2+ monitors attached.  Remotely, they either display 1 long screen, 1 of the two screens, or occasionally the 2 screens overlapped.

I'm trying to find the best solution for working on these remote workstations.  Ideally, I'd prefer to be able to view one of the screens as you would with a single monitor, but be able to switch back and forth between the two monitors of the remote machine.

As for the distros that I currently use, first, I'm a big fan of Smartcode's VNC Manager so any answer specific to that would be great!  With and without VNC Manager, I use TightVNC mostly due to it's compatibility with Windows 7.

Thanks for any suggestions!
Question by:BzowK
LVL 69

Expert Comment

ID: 34183622
Of the remote control apps I know of DameWare is the only one which allows to view all monitors combined or only a single one, and in latter case of course switching between the monitors. I don't think any VNC adaption is capable of anything besides "span" mode (combining all monitors).

Expert Comment

ID: 34183690
TeamViewer is good for multiple monitors especially if you have 1 monitor and remote machine has to
The standard remote desktop connection program in windows can do it too.
LVL 69

Expert Comment

ID: 34183753
RDP does not allow for switching monitors, only for reducing to a single monitor or spanning using all (the client having more than one monitor).
I could not verify TeamViewer, but never heard of it featurring multi-monitoring. It is not mentioned in support or feature list.
Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!


Expert Comment

ID: 34183781
I use teamviewer and it definitely supports it.

Expert Comment

ID: 34187029
teamviewer does work, i have a similiar situation and this i what i use.

Accepted Solution

N3admin earned 500 total points
ID: 34202536
Standard VNC doesn't support multiple monitors. I use UltraVNC nearly every day, when I'm helping a client with dual monitors I turn off the dual monitors for the support session, then turn them back on when I"m done.

Featured Post

Surfing Is Meant To Be Done Outdoors

Featuring its rugged IP67 compliant exterior and delivering broad, fast, and reliable Wi-Fi coverage, the AP322 is the ideal solution for the outdoors. Manage this AP with either a Firebox as a gateway controller, or with the Wi-Fi Cloud for an expanded set of management features

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Secure VPN Connection terminated locally by the Client.  Reason 442: Failed to enable Virtual Adapter. If you receive this error on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 while trying to connect with the Cisco VPN Client then the solution is a simple registry f…
Let’s list some of the technologies that enable smooth teleworking. 
After creating this article (, I decided to make a video (no audio) to show you how to configure the routers and run some trace routes and pings between the 7 sites…
Windows 10 is mostly good. However the one thing that annoys me is how many clicks you have to do to dial a VPN connection. You have to go to settings from the start menu, (2 clicks), Network and Internet (1 click), Click VPN (another click) then fi…

726 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question