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Switching the view between multi-monitors during a remote desktop session

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With NoMachine you can connect to a remote computer which has multiple monitors attached and decide which of the monitors' content to display in your NoMachine session using the easy-to-use Switch Monitor button. NoMachine automatically detects that multiple physical displays are available on the server side and the Switch Monitor button will be visible in the NoMachine session menu. It's easy to use. Read on to find out how.

How to switch the view between multiple monitors

Using the Switch Monitor icon

  • Connect to the remote desktop which has multiple monitors attached.
  • Open the NoMachine menu using the page-peel or Ctrl-Alt-0 (Fig. 1).
Image of NoMachine Connection Menu

Fig. 1 – The Quick Access Display Icons are in the footer of the menu

  • In the Quick Access Display Icons, click the Switch Monitor icon (Fig. 2).
Image of Quick Display Icons in NoMachine Connection Menu

Fig. 2 – When multiple server side monitors are detected, the Switch Monitor icon appears

  • Select the monitor you wish to view from the available displays that NoMachine detected. You can also view all the monitors in one window if you prefer (Fig. 3).
Click on the display you wish to view in your NoMachine session

Fig. 3 – Click on the display you wish to view, or alternatively view content of all displays in one window.

Using the handy shortcuts

  • To quickly identify the display being viewed, you can use the shortcut Ctrl-Alt-I to show them by number.
Image of shortcut Ctrl-Alt-I which identifies the multi-monitors by number

Fig. 4 – The shortcut Ctrl-Alt-I identifies the multi-monitors by number

  • Ctrl-Alt-A to switch to viewing all monitors in one window.
  • Ctrl-Alt-(monitor ID) to switch to viewing a specific monitor e.g., Ctrl-Alt-2 will take you to monitor 2.

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