Frequently Asked Question
PC - Remote Desktop Multi Screens
Last Updated 3 years ago
To use your local multi screens for a remote desktop session:
- Run the traditional Remote Desktop application on your local PC, or if you have it saved as a file (not a shortcut, then Right-click on the Remote Desktop Connection and select Edit
- Click on Show Options
- Select the Display tab
- Tick the box "Use all my monitors for the remote session"
- Go back to the General tab
- Click on Save to retain the setting.
- Once connected to the remote desktop:
- Connect to the Remote Desktop
- Right click on the Desktop screen of the remote PC and select Screen resolution or Display settings (depending upon the screen you are connecting to:
- The multi-screen layout of the remote desktop window will reflect the display set up of your local PC.
- You can confirm this in the remote PC's Screen resolution (LH image) or Display Settings (RH image):
- If you don't see the remote desktop on both screens when they are side-by-side, drag/stretch the Remote Desktop Connection window on your local PC across your two screens:
2. To only use 2 out of 3 local screens for a remote desktop session:
we need to edit the text file that holds the Remote Desktop connection properties:
a. Right-click on the Remote Desktop file itself
b. Select "Open With" > "Choose another app" > "More Apps" and select "Notepad" from the list of Apps.
.i NOTE: ensure the box "Always open this app to open .rdp files" is NOT ticked
c. Insert the following text after the line that says "use multimon:i:1":
.i The numbers in the above line relate to the monitors you want to use to display the remote desktop, and the left-to-right order in which they do so.
.ii So your configuration may be 2,1 or 2,3 etc.
.iii To find out which monitors you can select:
Press WindowsLogoKey + R
Type: mstsc /l in the Run box
You will be presented with a list of monitors you can use for RDP sessions:
- d. Save the Notepad .rdp file.