Allow ability to choose subset of local monitors for RDP session (full screen)
Allow ability to select a subset of current monitors with full screen. Currently can choose all or 1 but cannot choose for instance 2 of 3 (full screen).
Lu TechSource commented
I show a way on how to do this with Remote Desktop. It involves editing your RD presets in a text editor. Check out the video at
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Serega Byrlaka commented
I have 3 monitor set-up at home and at work. I need to be able to have RDP only use 2 out of the 3 monitors in order to have the 3rd monitor available to flip back and forth between the host and remote environments. How is it 2020 and Microsoft still has not given us the ability to do this? Especially given the fact the majority of the nation is working from home.
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Faye Jasman commented
Particularly important if launching via rdweb. If you set max monitors to 2, and have three monitors, you only get full screen on 1, otherwise its full screen on all of them.
Rodrigo Gonçalves commented
Great solution. Thanks!
great solution.... didn't find this at any forum / website... Thanks anonymous... Just a little correction
execute "mstsc /l" to show number monitor
Modify rdp icon in notepad and add "selectedmonitors:s:x,y" (x and y about number monitors)
execute "mstsc /l" to show number monitor
Modify rdp icon in notepad and add "selectedmonitors:s,y" (x and y about number monitors)
Chris King commented
Not sure where Scott Hanselman found the selectmonoitors parameter but he is my new favorite person. Being forced to work from home has been challenging and the one last hurdle has been vaulted.
RDP on select number of monitors! Thanks Scott.
Scott Hanselman commented
How to remote desktop fullscreen RDP with just SOME of your multiple monitors https://www.hanselman.com/blog/HowToRemoteDesktopFullscreenRDPWithJustSOMEOfYourMultipleMonitors.aspx
I want this feature badly. I have four monitors set up. I want to use 3 monitors for the RDP session, and keep one for the local session.
Jay Moran commented
This has got to come soon. I should be able to choose which monitors, and if I go into windowed mode, then the Mac client needs to resize the desktop with the Windows resizing just like it does on my Windows gaming machine. Argh.
How can it be that this feature has not already been implemented, it seems like it should be very simple unless the RDP source code is an absolute mess.
I spent countless hours using google to find a solution for this bug. Nothing worked. Changing group policies is not an option as i don't have the permission to do that. There has to be a normal setting somewhere.
It seems Microsoft likes to introduce new broken features in their "updates" and work on non-issues instead of fixing real problems.
Sorry for the negative comment but i am really frustrated about issues not beeing addressed in favor of (at least for me) useless features that cause even more problems.
Can we get at least this fix please?
This is why Microsoft needs a real competitor.
I have windows 10 in the office and at home, if I put it at home it does not work, if I put it in the office only one screen appears, I cannot get it to work with two,
Please simplify this by choosing the monitors from the application itself, there are many people who do not know / can touch certain things.
I may be misreading this post but I have 3 monitors and only use two for RDP. To set the limit you want on Windows 10: Start / Run / gpedit.msc. Click on Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Remote Desktop Session Host / Remote Session Environment. Then double click "Limit number of monitors" and set the Maximum Monitors to the number desired (1-16). You may have to move your monitors around or change which is your primary monitor to get RDP to display on specific monitors.
David Johnson commented
This has to be done By IT they can go into the Server manager on the gateway and set the number of monitors allowed. Downside it does it for everyone.