Switch between monitors while connected remote server using remote desktop

Is there a way of switching or toggling between monitors while connected to a remote Server 2016 server during a remote desktop connection from a Windows 10 laptop that only has one display?

I have a server connected to six different monitors and need to switch between the monitors to get to particular programs that are set to open on different monitors.

This is something I am able to do while connected to the server using Log Me In or Solar Windows MSP.

I have looked at the remote desktop settings and haven't been able to yet find such a setting. This is something that the "Use all my monitors for the remote session" option won't do.
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McKnifeCommented:
No, there is not.
You would need to install a 3rd party software for that.
I used ultraVNC years ago which I used with 2 remote monitors - maybe it can handle more by now. I guess teamviewer can handle more than 2.
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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Does anyone know if Microsoft has any plans of adding this functionality within future updates or OS versions?
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McKnifeCommented:
I see no reason why they should and have no idea if they will. Having more monitors at the server side than at the client which accesses it is rarely seen.
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Andrew LeniartEE Senior Editor & Independent IT ConsultantCommented:
Is there a way of switching or toggling between monitors while connected to a remote Server 2016 server during a remote desktop connection from a Windows 10 laptop that only has one display?
Agree with McKnife, not possible without third party software like Teamviewer, LogMeIn or similar solutions.

One workaround you can use is to just bring up Task Manager, select the program or app from the processes tab, right click it and choose "Switch to"

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McKnifeCommented:
Workaround not needed since connecting to it the way he does, all apps are merged to one monitor, anyway, all can be seen.
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Andrew LeniartEE Senior Editor & Independent IT ConsultantCommented:
Sure, but depending on the number of programs that are open and Taskbar space, it can often be a much a quicker way to flick over to a wanted program than hunting through a dozen or more minimized windows.
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McKnifeCommented:
Sure, but I would not start and use task manager for that, but simply alt-Tab or winkey-Tab :-)
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Andrew LeniartEE Senior Editor & Independent IT ConsultantCommented:
..and put up with all screen refreshes as you cycle through until you hit the one you need? The idea behind my suggested workaround is to eliminate that as well as all the Aero crap that windows defaults to these days. It's more efficient and you're just sore because you didn't think of it first! lol ;)
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McKnifeCommented:
Could you describe what screen refreshes you are referring to? What Aero crap? I have no idea.
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Andrew LeniartEE Senior Editor & Independent IT ConsultantCommented:
Are you serious? Have several windows open in any windows default install. What happens when you hover your mouse over minimized programs in your taskar? See those stupid little previews that pop up? That's aero crap. Now press your Windows key + Tab. Notice how your entire screen changes to show what's available to select from? That screen needs to be downloaded and redrawn on your monitor at the remote side - ie: screen view is refreshed. Perhaps you are too spoiled with the Internet speeds you enjoy to fully comprehend and appreciate the problems those things can often cause when working remotely. Come work with Australian Internet speeds for a while.
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McKnifeCommented:
If you have many, many  windows open and those show dynamic content, those might be a problem at bad connections - agreed.
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Andrew LeniartEE Senior Editor & Independent IT ConsultantCommented:
those might be a problem *with slower* connections

There you go. Fixed your typo for you ;-)
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arnoldCommented:
Not quite sure what you mean, when connecting using Remote Desktop, you get a "virtualized" display, as far the remote server is concerned, it presents the data to the remote user as big as the dimensions of the settings you set.  Never use the full screen mode on the remote connection as that will fix your RDP into a single monitor.

If you have, two HD 24" monitors stacked side to side and you want the RDP session to span them both,

Mstsc /h:1080 /w:3840 /v:remoteserver

This will tell the remote server the size of your monitor is 1080x3840
No full screen you need to stretch the RDP window on your local size...

Adjust the /h: and /w: to match your local physical monitor dimentions
A verticle stacking of monitors would be /h:2160 /w:1920
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arnoldCommented:
Rereading the question.

As note, RDP presents as a single monitor. Apps that try to open, right click on the app in the task bar, select move, use any arrow key at which the application window will attach to the courser, moving the mouse, you can position the application window so that you can see it.

To maintain as others you have to use apps likes logmein, teamviewer, gotomypc, etc that provide an inbound connection to the existing system's resources........
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serialbandCommented:
If you have more than 1 monitor at your workstation, RDP will span multiple monitors.  RDP is not a remote screen sharing session, so you don't get the number of remote monitors, instead you get however many monitors you have at your local station.  All those 3rd party applications are screen sharing, so you share the remote screens to your local monitor.  If you don't have as many monitors on your own local screen as the remote session, then you get presented with an option to switch to the different remote screens.  Those are screen shares, which is different than what RDP does.

@Andrew Leniart
I would generally turn off the "Aero" settings on RDP and set it to "Modem (56kbps)" to avoid all that "slowness", since I generally have multiple RDP sessions at the same time.  I don't need my computer to be slow when I'm doing remote work.
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