I've got an external monitor and want to be able to use the monitor above the laptop.

It seems I'm supposed to use "Spaces" to support an external monitor which I have done and I've set up two spaces for this. Unfortunately it seems that I'm only able to move between spaces by moving my mouse cursor from left to right instead of from top to bottom and vice versa. Given the layout of the monitors it is really unnatural to have to move from left to right in order to access monitors that are stacked. I can easily do this on my Dell laptop running Windows but is there a way to do it with my Mac's OS X? Stumped.

(source: mikeschinkel.com)

Thanks in advance for the help.


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You don't need to worry about Spaces for this. What you need to do is go into:

System Preferences --> Displays --> Arrangement

Drag the icon representing your external monitor to the top of the icon representing your macbook monitor:

vertical display arrangement

You can also drag the bar representing your menubar/dock to whichever monitor you want to be your "main" display.

  • Perfect, awesome answer! I love StackExchange! But I do have a follow up question, I'll ask it on another question. Commented Nov 4, 2010 at 23:00
  • Here's the other question: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/3697/… Commented Nov 4, 2010 at 23:13
  • @Mike: glad I could help, and thanks for the enthusiastic thanks :P Commented Nov 4, 2010 at 23:24
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    Dude you are a saint! I was having a similar problem, thanks
    – user3086
    Commented Jan 30, 2011 at 3:23
  • @Chori: no problem, glad it helped Commented Jan 30, 2011 at 3:46

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