I've MacBook Pro with 2 external monitors connected. Is there a way to configure Parallels so that it allows you to use 2 monitors for Windows and the main one for Mac? I only found option to make it all or just 1. Also I don't want to expand Windows across the 2 monitors (i guess there's an option to do that). I want them treated as separate spaces so i can easily move things around between 2 monitors (for example Outlook on one, chrome on the other).
The best solution is referenced here.
My setup is as follows:
- Parallels Desktop v15.1.5
- MacOS Catalina v10.15.7
- Windows VM running in full screen mode
- MacBookPro 15" 2018
- 3 external monitors + the 1 MacBookPro laptop screen
- One of my external monitors "owns" the menu bar within System Preferences > Displays (this seems to make the MBP screen always appear as monitor #2 in Windows).
- Download (and decompress) the MultiMonitorTool to a folder inside your Windows VM https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/multi_monitor_tool.html. Note the full file path where you save the MultiMonitorTool.exe tool.
- Open startup folder: Within Windows VM > do Windows Key+R [or Cmd+R] (alternately click start > type "run" > click the run search result)
- type "shell:startup" in the run textbox > enter (this will open the startup folder)
- Right click within your startup folder > new > Text Document > rename the document to "TurnOffMonitor.bat"
- right click TurnOffMonitor.bat > Edit (this will open notepad)
- paste the following using the path you saved to above (note this disables monitor 2 which is my MBP screen but you may need to adjust this number for your setup):
<path>\MultiMonitorTool.exe /disable 2
- Save TurnOffMonitor.bat file
- Start > Power > Reboot your Windows VM
- upon startup, it should disable whichever monitor is marked as #2
If your unsure what number your monitor is, run the MultiMonitorTool.exe > top pane > look at the "Name" column which has the monitor #.