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Is it possible to use a macbook pro as the second monitor for my imac? Both have the thunderbolt port. If not, is there another way?

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You can not use your MacBook Pro as a second monitor for your iMac without additional software.

ScreenRecycler claims to allow you to expand your desktop across multiple computers.

Screen shot from ScreenRecycler website

As an alternative approach, Synergy is an open source solution that lets you combine multiple computers into one. It will let you use both computers from a single keyboard and mouse.

Synergy

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