Lightroom: Ability to assign a second monitor with more than 3 monitors

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If you have more than 3 monitors, there is no way to assign the "second monitor" in Lightroom 3.5.
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Corey Butler

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Signed up just to say this has been years of irritation for me. Please just let us pick the monitor we want to use as a the secondary display, or at least stop resetting the position of the secondary display window when LR loses focus- absolutely ridiculous a pro app like this is still plagued with such a major issue.
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Jussi Punamäki

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Still not fixed in Lightroom 6
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Geobert Quach

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I was considering upgrading from LR5 but I see it's not worth it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom 5 problem with Second Display showing on correct monitor.

Hardware setup: 27" iMac running OSX 10.9.2 [Mavericks] and Lightroom 5.6, 2x NEC 27" outboard Thunderbolt monitors connected, one in landscape orientation (leftmost monitor, referred to as L in photos), and one in portrait orientation (rightmost monitor, R, with the iMac in the center, C).

I need to display the Secondary Display in the portrait-oriented monitor [see image 1R]

In order to accomplish this I have to drag and resize the window each time I launch Lightroom or wake the computer from sleep, because every time I run LR or wake the computer up, the Secondary Display reverts to sitting on top of the primary LR window, in the iMac display [see image 2C]

Selecting Window/Secondary Display/Full Screen puts the Secondary Display full screen on the {landscape} monitor [see image 3L] unless I unplug the landscape monitor from my system entirely at which point Full Screen places it where I need it to be. This is not the most reasonable solution for me for obvious reasons.

Please advise if there is a workaround for this, or if there is a solution in the works.

Thank you.
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This is a very good point.

I don't see how any serious photographer can work on portrait photographs without at least one portrait oriented monitor. In fact, I can't see how anyone can work a computer at all without at least one portrait oriented monitor... The Portrait / Landscape issue alone is MORE than enough justification to implement a better way to select what is displayed on each monitor... especially considering that almost all modern monitors are 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratios... working on a 9:16 photograph on a 16:9 screen is just ridiculous.. we NEED to switch monitors MANY times during an edit and freely change from portrait to landscape monitors so we can see what we're doing work efficiently without a lot of doodling around with monitors... Heck I move my web browser between my portrait and landscape monitor 40 times a day... actually MOST websites look better on a portrait monitor, but some need a landscape monitor.

Also since Adobe now supports GPU processing, and any serious graphics card supports 4 monitors, I don't see why we can't use lightroom on 3 or 4.. or 8 monitors at the same time.. let us decide what is on each screen.. even duplicate things on screens.. just put a little icon like the 1 or 2 we have now for each monitor available up to 8, since supporting 8 monitors is so easy on modern hardware... and let the user select a function for each... it's so simple to program it to do this, and would make the product much more professional.

By the way, nice photo in your example :)
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Adobe has been aware of this problem for more than 4 years now, their "Chief Customer Advocate" has merged any other similar bug reports into this thread, but they have done exactly NOTHING to remedy the situation. See the thread immediately below: 'It hasn't risen to the top of the list to implement support for more than 2 monitors'. So either we are in the distinct minority, or Adobe knows how we need to use their software better than we do, and that is with only 2 monitors in our workstations.

The arrogance and lack of feedback from Adobe is appalling, it would appear they don't care that their product has a persistent problem across multiple major releases (3.x-6.x) since the issue is the same as first reported more than 4 years ago. It's not like we're hacking their software to do something it wasn't originally intended to do, we're just trying to use a feature that is poorly implemented when there are more than 2 monitors present, which as you note is NOT such an exotic setup among working professionals in this day and age. The only "solution" Adobe has offered is a workaround, not a fix: drag the secondary display window around and re-size it each and every time LR goes daffy and forgets where we had it last, which for me at least happens EVERY day. Pretty absurd, and why I personally refuse to buy into this subscription model they keep trying to box us into which would seem to reward them for doing nothing to fix their product month after month.

And thank you for the kind words on my photo, they are much appreciated!
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Don't get me started on the entire CC concept.. I think it's retarded. It ends up costing way more than just buying it and personally I don't want ANY of my photographs on anyone's Cloud... If I want them on the internet, I'll post them. I don't even want or need my photo processing computer to be on the internet, EVER. Anything they can do over the cloud, could have been done on my own computer with 8 core processor and 32GB of ram... faster... If I want to edit on location, I will do so on a powerful laptop with a good screen and graphics card, not a tablet or phone.. CC has NO usefulness to professionals, it's a gimmick like google Picasa.. good for kids to play around with, but not really professional and just a way to sucker people out of more money on a regular basis.

Ug I REFUSE to download Acrobat Reader DC as well.. sticking to 11... Why in the world would I need or want to send my pdf file to somewhere online just to convert it to a word document? geese, I can just cut and paste most of them.. and the ones I can't I can run through my own OCR software.. wow technology from the 90's why do I need a document cloud for or pay anything for that?

I will NEVER buy any software with a subscription and pay monthly for it, NEVER EVER.. I'll make due with something else.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: 3+ years and 3 major releases without fix to problem..

Lightroom: Over 3 years and 3 major releases since problem was first reported, problem persists. Adobe continues to ignore new postings to user forums detailing that the problem hasn't been fixed.

Last response from Adobe was 3+ years ago with a "workaround" that fixes nothing. Does anyone from Adobe actually pay attention to these boards?
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Well I tried to get results by posting this directly to the "Report a problem" section. Tranberry merged my postings in here without any direct reply.

So the answer to my second question would be "yes, people from Adobe pay attention to postings to the boards."

But they still don't seem to care about the bug in their product.

Pathetic
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You're describing the same feature here. Wanted to add your vote.
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Can this be fixed? Will this be fixed? First report of issue was in LR 3.5, 3+ years ago. Latest post to thread indicated same issue in LR 6.x as of 2+ weeks ago. I can't speak for the others who have posted here, but I don't regard the application's behavior in this fashion as a feature. Some update of some kind would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
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It's possible. It hasn't risen to the top of the list to implement support for more than 2 monitors.
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This isn't a bug. It's just basic functionality that is missing. That has been missing for years despite being brought to their attention.

You cannot full screen the secondary display on a display of your choosing.

It's the same reason why Adobe has extremely poor performance converting Fuji RAWs and despite having been brought to their attention- refuses to address the issue.

And that reason boils down to: Marketshare.

Honestly how many LR users are using 3 monitors?

Not enough for them to care.
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very frustrating Adobe, so basic to implement.
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Stefan Klein

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Please Adobe, fix this! I want to use the secondary display where I want, not where LR wants!
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Yup, +1 for this please! Mind you, only 17 people like this idea, so I'd guess that not everyone has upvoted it? If everyone who has contributed to this thread votes, and everyone on the other threads I've seen come here and do the same, then maybe.... ;)
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Being able to control where the 2nd monitor is ok, but I would prefer to be able to put windows wherever I want on any number of screens I have (kind of like Visual Studio). I understand that Lightroom is different than say something like Visual Studio in that it connotes workflow, but some solution ought to be able to be worked out. As for priority, I think it's an expectation thing for a certain class of user. Those who have multiple monitors are generally used to being able to get apps to work in that environment without having to resort to help. In my experience, experimentation resulted in failure. Then I couldn't find a quick fix so I ignored it for a while. Finally, I got annoyed to the point of "I will find a fix for this", and I found this topic after some searching. I was surprised to find that multi-monitor support is a technical deficiency in Lightroom rather than me not getting the zen of the product. I generally I have a high opinion of Adobe as a company and as an implementer of software. I feel this is an area where you could raise your game; no one likes those "oh that's weak" moments when using their beloved software. By the way, should title read: "Lightroom: Ability to assign a second monitor with more than 2 monitors" instead of "3"?
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Almost ALL graphics cards worth a darn these days have outputs for 4 monitors, (my system supports 8 monitors, two GPU cards with 4 monitors each.. and I currently use 6 Monitors) So why are we all STILL having these issues?? You simply can't push Shift-F11 then drag the secondary monitor to whatever you want then push shift-F11 again to make it full screen on THAT monitor... Trying to resize the secondary preview is just not the same as having it full screen on that monitor, and you all KNOW it. When you are working on your photos, you don't want that border around it, you want your photograph surrounded by BLACK. Also if you move the main program to another monitor, the 'secondary' display moves somewhere else, there is NO control. This is ridiculous that this has been an issue for SO long when it's SO easy to fix from a programming standpoint. Dual monitors are nothing new, the original IBM PC supported dual monitors, once color, one monochrome, and there has NEVER been a time when there weren't dual monitors. Dual monitors have been out since the 80's that's DECADES of dual monitors.

I MUST point out one thing...
If you are working on a portrait view photograph, You MUST use a monitor that is also in Portrait mode, otherwise you are just NOT able to get a proper full screen view of the photograph. this is ESPECIALLY true on all the modern wide screen format monitors.. Almost ALL monitors are now 16:9 or 16:10 and all professional cameras take 4:3 photos, so looking at a 3:4 portrait mode photograph on a 16:9 monitor is just ridiculous. If you are on a 16:9 monitor, looking at a 3:4 portrait mode photo, you are only using 42% of your screen and on a 1080p monitor you are only looking at 810 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high, where as if you have a portriat view monitor, you get the full 1080 pixels wide by 1440 pixels high.. thus using 75% of the screen... quite a major difference!! if you have a 10:16 vertical monitor, then you could get the full 1200 pixels wide by 1600 pixels high, utilizing 83% of the monitor... the same as looking at a 4:3 photo on a 16x10 horizontal screen. If you have 4K monitors, the percentages are the same, and so why would ANYONE look at a portrait photograph on a landscape screen, why not have the maximum resolution possible for the task?
Those of us who are Professional photographers ALWAYS have at least one portrait oriented monitor for this purpose. Changing your Loupe Veiw monitor or Full screen edit mode monitor back and forth between the portrait mode monitors and landscape mode monitors is ESSENTIAL for REAL photo development and editing, by not allowing this simple feature you can putting lightroom in a lower class of product than it should be.

While we're on the subject, why is lightroom limited to TWO monitors, why not use 3 or all 4? Personally I would like one monitor showing the 'Full Screen with Menubar, a second showing a grid view, and a third showing Loupe View.. and as mentioned, I would like to easily change what is displayed on my portrait monitors and what is displayed on my landscape monitors, and swich which is which quickly and easily. Why not allow this??? Everything needed is already programmed, and Adobe needs to do is TURN IT ON.

The BEST way to implement which monitor is which is to just ASK which monitor you want to use for each display the same way virtualbox does for full screen windows, just select View and select which screen you want that to display on.. SIMPLE . Just put 8 little screens at the bottom instead of only two and let the user display what they want or weather to show displays or not. Allow Duplicate displays, because many times in a studio, 2 displays are facing the client, one portrait and one landscape, by allowing duplicate displays you could prepare a portrait slideshow and then when you are ready, turn on client view portrait display and start the slide show, then later, you can turn that monitor off, prepare a landscape slideshow, and turn on client landscape monitor and show that.

Now if you Adobe guys want to do some REAL programming, make it intelligent, and always alllow an option to select which monitors show portrait views and which show landscape views, and which show both.. then while working the portrait view photographs would just show on the portrait monitors and the landscape views would show on landscape monitors, and slideshows with mixed landscape / portrait photos would switch to the appropriate monitors as needed. Being a programmer for the last 35 years, I can tell you there is NOTHING complicated about this kind of functionality... heck even video games do it... Certainly a professional level photography product like Lightroom should do it.
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I might add that Adobe already provides a modicum of control in Adobe Premiere.  The windows stay put where you placed them, time after time.  If they can do it for one product they can do it for any product.  I too have four monitors, and I'm very baffled by Adobe's silence on this topic!
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Ditto above by James. I have 4 monitors and why does LR only use 2. Ability to designate where windows, displays open are expected today -- this ain't the 90s.

For me, F11, move window and Shift-F11 doesn't work. Always goes to monitor 4... which is the poorest color rendition meant for my email and non-essentials...
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BTW I can use panels in all monitors in Premiere Pro CC so... LR is so obsolete in this regard.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom 6 Multi-monitor support lacking.

Lightroom 6.3 Secondary Display (full screen) defaults to Monitor 3 (or 2 or 4) depending on which is the last monitor. Can't it be specified to one particular monitor.
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Workaround on Windows using Autohotkey (search and install it)
https://gist.github.com/Geobert/c00859b285e085792c78
You'll need to adjust the coordinates on the line with WinMove instruction

Add a shortcut to this script in
C:\Users\<User>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
So it starts with Windows.

Enjoy!
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This is the ONLY thing that has worked in a reliable, repeatable way. Oh my god... Thank you!
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Geobert Quach

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Glad it's useful to someone :D
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Allright, thank you so much for this! Finally a solution that works! 

As an addition you can use an app like Borderless Gaming to get rid of the maximised window (and title bar) and get the full-screen experience! 
(https://github.com/Codeusa/Borderless-Gaming/releases/tag/8.4)
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I wanted to take a moment to confirm that this workaround was successful for me. THANK YOU GEOBERT! This issue was driving me crazy.

I'm blown away that Adobe seems to be repeatedly ignoring this problem - especially after discovering that it can be easily remedied. Of course, when I say easily I'm aware that I'm not intelligent enough to have come up with this solution. So again, thank you Geobert!

In case anyone else out there makes it to this point in their efforts to try to find a solution, I'm including a little more info regarding the process. I hope this helps anyone that may feel uncomfortable with it. Good luck!

My setup:
Windows 10 (2xNvidia GTX 570; 32GB RAM)
Monitor 1: 1920x1080 (Far left; Lightroom Main Application)
Monitor 2: 1920x1080 (Middle; Desired Preview Location)
Monitor 3: 1080x1920 (Far right; Auto-selected Preview Window Location)

  • Closed Lightroom.
  • Downloaded and installed AutoHotKey from their site.
  • Downloaded the AutoHotKey script provided by Geobert Quach.
  • Placed the script in a location the I organize similar files to.
  • Per instructions, used Notepad to edit the "WinMove" line in the script to: WinMove, 1921, 100
  • Saved the script.
  • Opened Lightroom to test the position change.
  • This successfully forces the Lightroom preview window to be displayed on monitor #2 in full screen mode automatically!
  • Created a shortcut to the script, per Geobert's instructions.

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Thanks Geobert, this worked for me!
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Adobe don ́t resolve this problem yet to this day. "Thanks god" for people like you. Your awesome. THX
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Really happy to find this fix but as Im not amazing with computers Imhaving a hard time doing this.  It would be great if there was a super easy step by step someone could do out for me.  Ive downloaded the AutoHotKey and then I kind of get stuck lol.  Dont know how to dl the script or edit it.  Any help would be great!!  THX!!!! 
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Really happy to find this fix but as Im not amazing with computers Imhaving a hard time doing this.  It would be great if there was a super easy step by step someone could do out for me.  Ive downloaded the AutoHotKey and then I kind of get stuck lol.  Dont know how to dl the script or edit it.  Any help would be great!!  THX!!!! 
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Hi Ronan,  did you get this working for you?  

Here's a copy of my script, and the only line I needed to modify was the "WinMove" coordinates.   You will need to place this in a text file (use Notepad).

#NoEnv  ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
; #Warn  ; Enable warnings to assist with detecting common errors.
SendMode Input  ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed and reliability.
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir%  ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.

; puth this file somewhere and create a shortuct in C:\Users\<User>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
; so it starts with Windows
#singleinstance 
#NoTrayIcon
#NoEnv

SendMode Input
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir%  ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.

Loop {
SetTitleMatchMode, 3
WinWait, Lightroom - Secondary Display
;WinRestore
WinMove, 3800, 100 ; adjust this coordinates to suit the screen you want the preview to be
WinMaximize
WinWaitClose
}

As commented at the top, you need to place this script in your startup directory so that it executes when your boot up your computer.   I hope this helps you and others.  

Bruce
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This is good work. I’m going to try it out.

But, Adobe, notice how users are going to rediculous lengths to just get the windows to arrange correctly on their screens. These customers are worth thousands, maybe tens of thousands of dollars a piece, over the lifetime of our accounts. We shouldn’t have to be programmers to solve this problem.
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I forgot to mention that the file extension should be ".ahk" and the first part can be anything you want (i.e. LR_Window.ahk).

And of course it goes without saying, for anyone who didn't read the entire thread, you need to install "AutoHotKey" for this to work.
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I have three monitors, and of course Lightroom is choosing the wrong monitor as its secondary display. Minimizing the window and moving it to the preferred screen on a Mac induces SERIOUS lag time. I don't know why this is, but it basically makes the secondary display useless if you're doing any sort of editing and want to see realtime updates. Is it really that hard to offer the option to choose the secondary display?

We're talking about 2007 technology in 2016 here. Just write two lines of code and give your users the option to choose!
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It works now for me
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Bruce Williams

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Can you tell us what you did Ronald?
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in windows screenproperty's just took the pictograms of the display's en moved them to where i want them.... Lightroom then just followed in the way that screen 2 is major and screen 3 is nr 2 in LR.
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Similar to what Ronald posted, this setup worked for me. I set monitor #3 as my main display (select monitor #3 and check the box under the "Multiple Displays" section to "make this my main display"). Then drag monitor #1 below monitor #2. Now the primary Lightroom window is displayed on monitor #3 and the secondary LR window is displayed on monitor #2. The only catch, and it's a very tiny catch, is that to get to monitor #1, you'll move your mouse DOWN to monitor #1 instead of directly to the right, from monitor #2, just as shown in the diagram below, because your monitors are no longer configured in a straight line. Hope this helps.



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Adobe.  The world has moved on.  First we all had one monitor.  Then we had two monitors and Adobe adjusted.  Now many of us, particularly professionals and advanced non-professionals, have three monitors (or more).

After six years of "complaining," isn't it time for Adobe to give us an elegant solution so that we can use a tertiary monitor with ease when using LR?  C'mon people.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Classic: 3 monitors break multi-monitor features, and fixing it is way ....

I've been using Lightroom since version 2. It's gotten so much better in so many ways, but the multi-monitor support is virtually identical, and if you have more than two monitors, it's broken.

I have three monitors. The main monitor, a secondary monitor right next to it, and a third screen is a television in another room and is virtually always turned off. But, because it's still plugged into the computer, the computer still registers three screens connected, and for whatever reason, LR insists that the TV in the other room should be the second screen. Therefore, every time the secondary screen is turned on in LR, it's useless. Sometimes I can turn off full-screen for the second display, and it'll show up on the correct screen. Most of the time though, I actually have to walk into the other room, turn on the tv and move the LR window over to the correct screen.

There is no trick to fixing this. I've searched about every 6 months since first noticing the problem, and nothing has changed across all these versions of the software over all this time. The arrangement of the displays in system settings doesn't matter. Nothing matters. LR insists that TV is where the second window belongs, and I'm getting real tired of it.

Why isn't there a drop down in the Lightroom Settings window to define what the second display should be? This is matured software, and mult-monitor set ups are not even remotely unusual. Can something be done about this? 
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There is a solution. Look at Geobert's post above here and my reply to it. OK, it's a bit of a hassle, but it does do the trick...
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7 years ago reported, still no proper solution. Very professional, Adobe.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Preview Monitor Issue with 3 Monitor Setup.

Please give us the option to choose which monitor we can use for preview. I have 3 monitor setup and LR never knows which monitor to output to. Always bouncing between the other two. I have a 4k monitor I like using and it would be nice to have a pulldown menu so we could choose which monitor we'd like to have set (and stay set) for previewing. 
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Open letter to the Adobe Lightroom development (team)

We are now Lightroom 8.2
The original request was put online when you had Lightroom 3.5
I think that makes around 5 years and Lightoom had not changed a bit, only CameraRAW did.
That says enough about the development of Lightroom, it is even called "classic" now... *-*
(An Adobe employee once told me personally they are going to keep it “as is” as long it's being used by people, but no plans to make it better in the near future.) Because now there is “the cloud”, “cc”, completely ridiculous as no professional photographer would ever use a cloud to upload 1000x 40MB RAW files, every day.

That said, after 5 years still facing the same problem the only workaround is:
- exit the main window out of full screen mode, leave the second monitor in full screen.
- drag the main window to the monitor where the wrong placed secondary window is shown.
- the secondary full screen window will now move to the third monitor (the correct one)
- now move the main window back to the first monitor, maximise but not go to full screen.
- don't leave lightroom (focus) or the secondary window will be placed back to the wrong monitor
- leave a big shit, put it in an envelope, label it "lightroom development crew" and send it to adobe.

This is what I tried to solve the problem myself (without success):
-plugged out and uninstalled all monitors in Windows 10

-shut down the computer
-plug in the main one and reboot windows => it gets now [ID01] assigned
-plug in the second monitor => it gets now [ID02] assigned
-plug in the third monitor => it gets now [ID03] assigned
-plug in the fouth monitor (a tv screen for video playback) => it gets now [ID04] assigned

So now theoretically Lightroom would assign the second monitor to ID02 (I thought),
but nóó! Lightroom puts it on ID04 ?!
-so I unplug ID04
-lightroom now puts the second monitor on ID03
-(don't you want to jump out of the window right now?)
-if I unplug ID03 it finally gets to ID02
-but I need ID03 for other stuff so I plug it back in
-lightroom immediately changes back to ID03
-I bumped my head

So I thought: “what if I change the order of the DP ports (to my monitors) on my nvidia video card?”
– Now Windows assigns different ID's to my monitors (in the opposite order)
– I thought: now I can trick Lightroom in choosing the right monitor
– but Lightroom keeps finding its way to the same wrong monitor!
– there is absolutely no logic to be found here!

So Adobe, if you even have a lightroom engineer (maybe you bought up the code from some nice programmer in the old times), can he/she please explain us: “on what base” Lightroom chooses the "second monitor" ????
And can he/she please add one line of code, a variable and a drop down menu in the preferences gui;
so your professional users can finally choose their favourite second monitor and use their calibrated equipment the correct way?!

I bought the same AdobeRGB monitor twice so my colours on both monitors would be the same, all for nothing. I'm so tired of the dragging more than 20 times a day!!


Thank you sò very much Adobe! And not only me.

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I am using Windows 10 with three monitors.
[ 3 ]  [ 1 ]  [ 2 ]
monitor 3 is 1280x1024 (small and not wanted for lightroom) monitor 1 and 2 are both 1080p (big and good)
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Lightroom forces my secondary monitor to be full screen on the small monitor for reasons unknown. A little googling brought me to this slough of despair thread. Seriously? The devs can't wrangle this?
Is it the case that there is no fix for this common issue affecting so many people?