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    Using 2 monitors, one screen goes black?
    I'm trying to do some work on my mac using microsoft word but there are a few videos I need to watch while I write up about them. I have a 2nd monitor that is linked via vga lead. Whenever I put the video full-screen, my mac monitor goes black and I can't use both simultaneously because of that. Is there a way to change this?
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    Pretty much have to take it out of full screen to do that. When I watch video I'll put it on the big monitor as almost-but-not-quite full screen then I get my built-in back, but otherwise I don't know you can avoid that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerj View Post
    Pretty much have to take it out of full screen to do that. When I watch video I'll put it on the big monitor as almost-but-not-quite full screen then I get my built-in back, but otherwise I don't know you can avoid that.
    That happens to me watching movies in itunes, but when i watch a movie in DVD i have it on my other monitor at full screen and can see my Mac screen. The only thing with it in DVD is when i click on my Mac monitor the DVD screen comes out of full screen and and reduces the DVD window to fit into the monitor screen ..... Not full.

    What are u using to watch the video ??

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    VLC (videloan.org) will allow you to set the monitor of your choice for the video window while leaving the control window on your main screen. It also allows full screen on the secondary with full control of the main. I use it for watching movies on my TV from the family G5.

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