When I make an app go full screen on my primary display - a 24" Apple Display - everything previously visible and accessible on my second display - my MacBook Pro screen - is hidden by the default Lion background image.


Is there a way to run one app in Full Screen mode on one display and still be able to view and access applications on secondary display(s)?


The built in full screen (Lion) dominates both screens - and I've not been able to find any setting which lets me use the other one for anything else.

The fix I use for this is Divvy - which enables me to maximise on each screen - but this isn't quite full screen and doesn't provide entirely the same experience. It is, however, a good compromise.

  • This is clearly the main workable "non-solution" since the full screen dark linen effect on secondary screens hasn't been tweaked, hacked or adjusted in a reliable way yet. – bmike Feb 17 '12 at 19:57
  • I agree - although this functionality is something that OSX should have baked in. They took the hint with Growl, I wonder if they will with Divvy. – George Pearce Feb 17 '12 at 20:46
  • I'll take a look at Divvy. Thanks. Hopefully this will be resolved soon within OS X. – tlatkovich Feb 20 '12 at 18:51
  • It will be interesting to see what Apple do with window management as OSX draws closer to iOS, but divvy is definitely my favourite so far. – George Pearce Feb 20 '12 at 20:28

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