VB Magic

2012/03/19

Getting Remote Desktop Full Screen on Second Monitor

Filed under: Windows 7 — Tags: , , , — vbmagic @ 11:05 am

Just expanded my PC setup to include a second monitor which is a different resolution to the primary monitor. I wanted an RDP session to open up full screen on my second monitor. Easy, I thought. Loads of people would want to do that…It seems not.

Firstly I’ve not found a way of getting the remote desktop session to start full screen on the second monitor permanently. There seems no way in the dialogue box for remote desktop to do this.

I spent around twenty minutes googling to try and find a solution; but all solutions to this seem linked to an older version of remote desktop and do not work with this latest one.

I then played around with the remote desktop configuration and found a solution which works but you have to drag the window and maximise it each time.

In the display settings set the screen resolution to the dimensions of the second monitor. (Make sure to save this setting before connecting otherwise it will revert back next time you open it)
Launch the session and log into the remote account.

The window should appear on your primary monitor. Drag this window to the second monitor and then maximise it. It will then be full screen rather than windowed.

If anyone knows a way of doing this permanently, then please drop a comment.

Cheers,

Jas

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