Mirroring Two Out of Three Monitors
This is where you'll go to find out how to release your Mac's potential and make the most of your purchase. Last week Matt Elliot covered how to organize your Mac's desktop using Spaces. Spaces offers a virtual method of adding more desktops without multiple monitors. While Spaces is a productivity haven for Mac users, sometimes using an extra monitor is the only way to get things done.
I've been using a secondary monitor for nearly two years now, and I couldn't imagine a better setup for what I need. Connecting a second or third display to a Mac is something you can do with very little tech-savviness, and only a little time to actually set it up save for the time it takes you to actually pick out a monitor. It's important to note, some Mac's are limited to powering only one external monitor the MacBook Air, for example , while others can support two or more.
The easiest way to find out how many monitors your can connect to your Mac is to visit the Apple Specifications page for your respective Mac. Visit this page , find and select your Mac, then look under Graphics and Video support for number of external monitors supported. When you shop for a monitor, pay attention to the type of connector that comes bundled with the monitor.
As Geoffrey Morrison explained here , if it's at all possible, avoid VGA as it doesn't offer pixel-perfect image quality. Since Apple abandoned both connection types long ago, you'll need to purchase the corresponding Mini DisplayPort adapter i. The adapter converts the signal coming from the monitor, making it compatible with your Mac.
Don't sweat if you own a newer Mac with a Thunderbolt port -- it doubles as a Mini DisplayPort as well. The adapter isn't terribly expensive if you get it from online stores like Amazon or Monoprice.
For those who prefer to get accessories direct from the source, you can also find them in the Apple Store. Some users report that the official adapters are more reliable, but I've had success with the third-party variety. Once you've acquired all the necessary parts, set up your monitor, power it on and plug it into your Mac's Thunderbolt or Mini DisplayPort.
At this point, make sure you're logged into your computer and have both screens powered up.
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After connecting everything, your Mac will begin mirroring its display to the new monitor automatically. In the configuration window, you'll see both displays stacked to indicate mirroring mode. To disable mirroring, uncheck the box just below the display preview window located next to the "Mirror Displays" text. Both screens will go black for a brief moment.
When they come back you'll have two different desktops, with the menu bar and dock being restricted to only appearing on one.
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OS X will automatically determine the ideal resolution for both screens, but should you want to tweak this setting, you can do so by selecting the Display tab within Displays the preferences panel. Now every new display gets its own workspace and you can create different desktops or fullscreen apps for individual monitors. This is great if you plan on using one monitor just for media, to monitor your website, or for social media updates.
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When it comes to multi-monitor wallpapers, Mac is kind of weird. When you right-click on the desktop and select Change Desktop Background the app will actually bring up the wallpaper picker window on each different screen.
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Of course, there are apps out there that make the process of applying panoramic wallpapers easy but most of them are paid. But you can still do it for free; all you have to do is download panoramic wallpapers that are already cut out for individual screens. You can do that with Wallpaperfusion or dualmonitorbackgrounds. Once you have your cut out wallpapers downloaded, select that folder from the sidebar and choose the relevant images for each screen. And now we come to a grave problem with the Mac that only amplifies itself when you add more displays. Window management. Windows has great window management had to live up to the name, I guess , where everything is tight and snaps into place.
Wait — actually, you can. Thanks to an awesome free app called BetterTouchTool. Just click and drag any window to the left or right edge to make it take up half the screen.
Moreover, you can go to the corners to allot your window to the relevant quarter of the screen. Finally, dragging a window up to the menu bar expands the window on the current screen not to be confused with the fullscreen mode. But fear not, because alternatives exist and they are discussed below. As I said above, BetterTouchTool lets you map specific actions to trackpad, keyboard and mouse shortcuts. And BetterTouchTool has an amazing library of window management actions.