Extra monitor went black and all windows were moved to the main monitor -- what did I do?
Thread poster: Heinrich Pesch

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 17:32
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Feb 10

I was editing a Word document under Win10 on my external monitor. I tried to press alt gr +9, but somehow my finger slipped and the external monitor went black and all windows were moved to the main monitor on my laptop. Fortunately after re-starting Windows the external monitor was activated again and I could move the windows back on the bigger screen.
But I wonder what key I really pressed. Scary.

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2020-03-24 20:03 GMT]


 

Giuliana Maltempo
Argentina
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Display key Feb 10

Most probably you pressed the "chage display mode" function key. In my laptop it is just above the 9 key.
This key combination switches through different modes of projecting on a second screen: Main screen only > Duplicate > Extend > Second screen only.
You can get back to your prevous setting by pressing the shortcut again, or from the quick settings section (click the notification icon next to the clock) > project


 

Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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Win+P Feb 10

Heinrich, on Windows 10, you can switch monitors by pressing Win+P. It will pop out a menu listing possible monitor combinations.

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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Win + P does the trick, but SDL Studio does not comply Mar 14

When I have Studio open on my second screen and chose "only computer screen", the windows switch all to the computer screen, but the search window (cntrl+F) does not, it has to be moved manually.

 

Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
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to Heinrich Mar 14

This is a bit strange, but in any event you don't need to actually drag the window over, you can instantly transfer it to the other monitor by pressing Win+Shift+Right_arrow or Win+Shift+Left_arrow (when you have more than two monitors, these two combinations transfer the active window to the next monitor or the previous one, respectively).

On second thoughts, there may indeed be the problem with dialog windows. These exist in several different varieties, and there may be a c
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This is a bit strange, but in any event you don't need to actually drag the window over, you can instantly transfer it to the other monitor by pressing Win+Shift+Right_arrow or Win+Shift+Left_arrow (when you have more than two monitors, these two combinations transfer the active window to the next monitor or the previous one, respectively).

On second thoughts, there may indeed be the problem with dialog windows. These exist in several different varieties, and there may be a combination of attributes that creates a problem you describe.

[Edited at 2020-03-14 18:20 GMT]
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David Hop
Bangladesh
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Glad to learn! Mar 23

Great! Finally you have recovered. I even didn't face this kind of situation yet. Anyways, thanks a lot for sharing.

 

Mostafa Kamel
Egypt
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One press Mar 23

You just press "Win⊞ + P", choose Duplicate or second screen only.
your screen will display correctly
(⊞ Win+P toggles between the devices that receive video card's output.)


 

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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That's a bug in Studio Mar 24

Anton Konashenok wrote:

This is a bit strange, but in any event you don't need to actually drag the window over, you can instantly transfer it to the other monitor by pressing Win+Shift+Right_arrow or Win+Shift+Left_arrow (when you have more than two monitors, these two combinations transfer the active window to the next monitor or the previous one, respectively).

On second thoughts, there may indeed be the problem with dialog windows. These exist in several different varieties, and there may be a combination of attributes that creates a problem you describe.

[Edited at 2020-03-14 18:20 GMT]


Bug has been there since ages. If you don't remember to drag the find-box to you main monitor manually, you have to do without it when working mobile.
I even wonder would even whole Studio main window open on the non-existent second screen if I forget to drag it away. Either manually or with the Win+P-function.


 


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