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)?

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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, 2012 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. Feb 17, 2012 at 20:46
  • I'll take a look at Divvy. Thanks. Hopefully this will be resolved soon within OS X.
    – tlatkovich
    Feb 20, 2012 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. Feb 20, 2012 at 20:28

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