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Working on two screens

Discussion in 'Using Alibre Design' started by Hunter, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. Hunter

    Hunter Senior Member


    Perhaps this is a Windows issue, but I cannot get persistent behaviour of new windows opening up on the same screen.Like most users I use a laptop, but have a larger external screen on which I do my CAD work. How do I get Alibre Parts, Assemblies, etc., to always open on the external screen?

  2. NateLiqGrav

    NateLiqGrav Alibre Super User

    I've not tried that specifically but I use w program called Display Fusion with custom triggers to move any opening window to the monitor my mouse is on. There are hundreds of settings and options so it probably can do what you're asking. I'll test today and let you know.

  3. NateLiqGrav

    NateLiqGrav Alibre Super User

    I tested and the following DisplayFusion trigger worked for me. Note: This is not available in the free version of DisplayFusion.
  4. Hunter

    Hunter Senior Member

    Thanks for checking, I'm going to try their trial version. Personally I'm not a big fan of yet another piece of software to solve something that should work as expected, but I'll also do more research on the Windows front itself too.
  5. NateLiqGrav

    NateLiqGrav Alibre Super User

    I use it on all my PCs because it has many things I like for multiple monitors (including the previously mentioned). For example taskbars on multiple monitors in Windows 7. Supports the Classic Shell / Open Shell replacement start menu. Prevent mouse from sticking in corners of unaligned monitors. Different wallpapers on different monitors.
  6. JamesMC

    JamesMC Member

    Nvidia display manager can do that, if you have an Nvidia video card that is...
  7. JST

    JST Alibre Super User

    I have found o the Dell laptop and Win 7, that if I drag an "open" program to the other screen, it will always open there if that screen is available, until dragged back.

    Evidently you do not see that behavior?
  8. NateLiqGrav

    NateLiqGrav Alibre Super User

    Hmm... They have improved some since I last used that.
  9. Hunter

    Hunter Senior Member

    It looks like if I launch Alibre on the my external screen from the Taskbar/Start on that screen, then it opens the main program (the splash screen thing) and children windows on that screen. That at least makes sense. I did however find that some windows popped up on my other screen, but that seems to be related to my workflow (see steps below), for that specific window. I guess what happens is that I move windows around as I work and maximise/restore and then kill windows as required, an then get unexpected behaviour the next time I open a part/assy to work on it.

    I read on another non-CAD forum that you must maximise and then restore the window on your preferred screen, then kill it. If you launch again, it will open the window on the screen on which you killed it. This seems to work but I haven't tested it extensively, here are the steps:

    1. Open the application.
    2. Re-size the window so that it is not maximized or minimized.
    3. Move the window to the monitor you want it to open on by default.
    4. Close the application. Do not re-size prior to closing.
    5. Open the application.
    It should open on the monitor you just moved it to and closed it on.
    6. Maximize the window.

    I have not yet looked at fiddling with options in Nvidia Desktop Manager, leaving that for now, just changing one parameter at a time. There are also options in Win10 that adjust window positions automatically that seems to affect where windows pop up, so I need to look at that too.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2019
  10. JamesMC

    JamesMC Member

    Yep, its quite good now.
    Having said that, it did open a part window on the other screen today...

    I blame Microsoft.:(

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