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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens Apps
Recently, I picked up a MacBook Pro specifically so that I could run XP and access my work environment from home. What really surprised me is how well Parallels works in a multi-screen environment.

All that is needed is an external monitor hooked up to the Mac and the standard Parallels install, along with the extensions that come with Parallels for the guest OS (in my case, XP). Arrange your screens however you prefer, then place Parallels on the screen that doesn't include the Dock and the Mac OS X menus. Next, set Parallels to full screen mode, and it will maximize to fill the external monitor. Now you can go back and forth between the two OS's simply by mousing from one screen to the other and clicking to activate the OS on that screen.

In this dual screen mode, Exposť works, but the guest OS environment is not involved in the action. Also, zooming is just plain broken.
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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens
Authored by: UniAce on Feb 20, '07 07:39:59AM

I've done this before and can confirm that it's awesome.



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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens
Authored by: cjamesadams on Feb 20, '07 08:35:43AM

I can also confirm this to be an awesome set up. I have a 20" iMac on the right and an 20" dell widescreen monitor on the left. The monitor on the left is running full screen mode Windows XP in Parallels. And I actually don't have a problem with Zooming on either OS.

Awesome setup! Highly recommended.



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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens
Authored by: KaosDG on Feb 20, '07 09:16:52AM

I use virtuedesktops, and run parallels fullscreen in a seperate virtual desktop.

It's great, and confuses people (imagine OS/2 running on an MBP?) :) It's also got cool transitions.



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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens
Authored by: hrbrmstr on Feb 20, '07 09:40:08AM

what key sequence do you use to switch? the guest OS traps all that I've used.

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Parallels and VirtueDesktops
Authored by: dean_muc on Feb 20, '07 10:20:10AM

Instead of using a keyboard trigger you have to use a mouse trigger. I am using the left and right borders to switch between Win and Mac. You can also mix keyboard and mouse triggers, but the keyboard triggers will only work in the Mac environment.



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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens
Authored by: webmac on Feb 20, '07 12:18:17PM

I've the best experience with the mouse triggers. I use double-click right/left monitor border.

I also modified other keyboard triggers, e.g. for the virtuedesktop pager, some have covered windows modifiers (shift+tab)...



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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens
Authored by: vdanen on Feb 20, '07 09:54:56AM

You have OS/2 running in Parallels? Dang, I'm jealous.

I wonder if my Warp4 CDs would work... hmm... how to boot the thing without a floppy drive?

I'd love to kick around with OS/2 again... =)



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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens
Authored by: jvoskuil on Feb 20, '07 10:16:25AM
For months I've had my MacBook and Power Mac hooked up to a big monitor through a KVM switch, and it never occurred to me to use the MacBook's screen along with the big monitor. [Insert hard slap on forehead here.] And one of the main things I use the MacBook for is running Parallels. [Insert second slap, harder than the first.] This hint has changed my world!

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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens
Authored by: phoopee3 on Feb 20, '07 01:31:26PM

I use dual screens AND virtuedesktops! haha ok, I admit it's a little much, but i have mail/news reader on the first desktop (monitor 1/2) then on the second set of desktops i have all my web stuff, dreamweaver on one monitor, firefox/safari on the second. You should also run Parallels in coherence mode on the second monitor, because then you can just put the menubar at the top/bottom of the screen and have IE floating in the screen right next to safari and all that. it's absolutely amazing. having 2 gigs of ram also helps A LOT.

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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens
Authored by: ghay on Feb 20, '07 02:24:27PM

I prefer Coherence mode in the latest beta.



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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens
Authored by: SeanAhern on Feb 23, '07 07:32:38PM

Yeah, Coherence is cool. If only the betas didn't kill shared networking. :-(



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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens
Authored by: chrinder on Feb 24, '07 01:27:19PM

I want to use two external monitors with my Powerbook. I know I can do it with my PowerMac but is it possible to do this with macbook or powerbook? I don't want to use the screen on the laptop. Ideally I'd like to dock my laptop and use two external monitors with it.



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Easy OS switching with Parallels and dual screens
Authored by: macevangelist on Feb 25, '07 12:41:30PM
You will need a PCMCIA graphics controller like the VTBook for $250. This card will not work in MacBook Pros.

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