How to Use Dual Monitors for a Remote Desktop

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Microsoft released dual monitor support in the Remote Desktop 6.0. This means network administrators can span a Remote Desktop session across two monitors. There is one caveat to the advantage. Administrators must make sure the screen's resolution is no more than 4096 by 2048. For most people, this is not an issue. After the monitor resolution is verified, administrators can open the Remote Desktop session using a command line entered into the Windows Run text box.

  • Right-click the Windows desktop and select "Properties." In Windows Vista, the menu option is labeled "Personalize."

  • Click the "Settings" tab to view the resolution properties. If the resolution is too high, use the scroll bar to reduce the settings. Click the "Apply" button to save the settings.

  • Click the Windows Start button and select "Run." Type "Mstsc /span" into the text box and press the "Ok" button. This starts the Remote Desktop application with the option to span it across dual monitors.

  • Enter the IP address into the text box and click the "Connect" button. When the Remote Desktop session starts, the terminal window spans across multiple monitors.

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