Windows 7 RDP and Multiple Monitors

Posted on 2012-12-30
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Last Modified: 2013-01-02
I am trying to use RDP from my Win 7 laptop (single monitor) to access my desktop pc which is also running Win 7.  My desktop pc has 3 monitors.  Is there a way i can switch which monitor i'm looking at through RDP?
Question by:deklinm
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by:Kent Dyer
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If I simply start mstsc, I see an option to "use all of my monitors for the remote session" for the connection which I can also save..  There are third party tools/software that allow this too.



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i see that option however it is grey'd out
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marsilies earned 2000 total points
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It's grayed out because you don't have more than one monitor on your laptop.

RDP doesn't mirror the console desktop session, but creates a new remote desktop session. So the desktop is only as big as what the remote desktop client has set it as.

If you truly want to view what's on the 3 desktop monitors on your laptop, you'll need a 3rd-party "screen sharing" program like VNC or logmein.

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