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How to access multiple monitors on remote Windows 7  - Step by step with screenshots 



With Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise, you can access multiple monitors on remote computers. There are three ways to access Remote Desktop on a system with multiple monitors.


1. Standard Monitor Support - it accesses only one monitor. .


2. Spanning Monitor Support - After connecting to the remote desktop, you'll immediately see the desktop of the remote system spread across your multiple monitors. If you need to have access to both the local and remote desktops, you can reduce the size of the remote system's desktop to only one monitor by clicking the Restore Down button on the Remote Desktop window. As a shortcut, you can also use the keystroke: [Ctrl][Alt][Break].

3. Multiple Monitor Support -   Multiple monitor support for Remote Desktop Services allows users to open a Remote Desktop connection expanded across all the monitors on the client computer regardless of the client monitor configuration. With this feature, the user can fully utilize all the monitors connected to the client computer for the Remote Desktop connection thereby providing extra desktop space and an almost seamless experience with the client desktop that is much improved over “Span mode”.



1.Connect using the Remote Desktop Client 7.0 (mstsc.exe) available initially on Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2.
2.Enable Multimon using one of the three methods described below:
a. Click “Use all monitors for the remote session” in the client (mstsc.exe) window.
b. Use the “/multimon” switch on the mstsc.exe command line.
c. Add “Use Multimon:i:1” to the RDP file.
3.Connect to a computer running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.



Command for spanning monitor support is

mstsc.exe /span


Note: that the multimon switch and “use all my monitors on the remote session” option ONLY work when the remote computer is running Windows 7 ultimate or enterprise edition, or Windows server 2008 R2.

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