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me

join:2002-12-08
Iapetus

Laptop and projector - how to switch quickly?

Like most laptops mine has the FN key to do 3 things:
1. display on laptop only
2. display on projector
3. display on laptop and projector
This is done in sequence with a long pause in between

I would like to "quickly" go between 1 and 3 and never 2.

Can I setup a shortcut key sequence or is there a very basic switching app?


LLigetfa

join:2006-05-15
Fort Frances, ON
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Most brands of laptops allow for the two to be independent and software such as PowerPoint can be setup to use the external for the presentation while using the built-in display for crib notes.
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me

join:2002-12-08
Iapetus

I will be using PDF.


LLigetfa

join:2006-05-15
Fort Frances, ON
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Extend the desktop and drag the window over when you want it to display.



JohnInSJ
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join:2003-09-22
San Jose, CA
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said by me:

Like most laptops mine has the FN key to do 3 things:
1. display on laptop only
2. display on projector
3. display on laptop and projector
This is done in sequence with a long pause in between

I would like to "quickly" go between 1 and 3 and never 2.

Can I setup a shortcut key sequence or is there a very basic switching app?

Windows 7 or greater use Windows-P to pop up a window where you can choose how multiple displays are treated.
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me

join:2002-12-08
Iapetus

I'm using Vista unfortunately.


bgoodbody
Bill G

join:2002-05-08
North Truro, MA

Upgrade to Windows 8 before Jan 31 for 39.99

»windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/buy
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- Bill



JohnInSJ
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join:2003-09-22
San Jose, CA
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said by me:

I'm using Vista unfortunately.

"Well there's yer problem" - no idea what you can do in Vista
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me

join:2002-12-08
Iapetus
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Yes windows 8 works nicely with switching screens. I already have windows 8 pro key and ISO. I'm just not sure this laptop will be compatible. I will do the upgrade advisor.

This however does not address my posted problem. I would be interested if there is a way to create a shortcut key or if there is a quick switching app.



JohnInSJ
Premium
join:2003-09-22
San Jose, CA

said by me:

Yes windows 8 works nicely with switching screens. I already have windows 8 pro key and ISO. I'm just not sure this laptop will be compatible. I will do the upgrade advisor.

This however does not address my posted problem. I would be interested if there is a way to create a shortcut key or if there is a quick switching app.

It does, actually, since the app itself can do that from the command line or a batch file

»answers.microsoft.com/en-us/wind···b1f794ef

So win7 or better:
displayswitch /internal
displayswitch /clone

is 1 and 3

You can make two shortcuts to displayswitch and add the needed /internal or /clone parameters to the shortcuts
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me

join:2002-12-08
Iapetus

That's great to know. Thanks.

I am currently dealing with Vista. What can I do to only display on monitor or monitor+projector only.
Maybe there is a registry key to disable the fn key setting for "display on projector only"


Shootist
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join:2003-02-10
Decatur, GA
kudos:3

I believe it is a hard wired option in the notebook BIOS/Firmware and not OS specific. I've been using a notebook at work with external monitor connected from 2002, Dell i8200 back then with XP Pro and now a Dell E6420 with Win 7. On each the fn+F function key combo always switched from internal only to both to external only. So I don't see that the OS is controlling this. It is the computer itself. No such option on a desktop system, that I know of.
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natedj
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join:2001-06-06
Columbia, SC
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Your best bet is to follow LLigetfa's advice and extend your Desktop to the projectors screen. It will be much more faster than fiddling with keys and your laptop screen is always private.
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Good judgement comes with experience...Experience comes after bad judgements



natedj
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Columbia, SC
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Another option is to choose Option 3 (display on laptop and projector) and keep the remote for the projector handy so you can switch the projector to a blank screen or freeze the screen.
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Good judgement comes with experience...Experience comes after bad judgements