QuickTime - Playing a Movie on a Second Display

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Playing a Movie on a Second Display

With QuickTime Pro and a two-display setup with dual display support, you can play a
movie on one display while working in another application on the other display. This
arrangement is useful for presentations.

Mac OS X: Make sure Mirror Displays is not selected. (Open System Preferences, click
Displays, and click Arrangement. If you don’t see an Arrangement button, your
computer does not support this feature.)

Windows: Whether you can play a movie on a second display depends on your
computer and monitor. Open the Display control panel, click Settings, and make sure
that the second display is enabled. If it is not enabled, click it and make sure “Extend
my Windows desktop onto this monitor” is selected.

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Chapter 2

Getting Started with QuickTime Pro

To play a movie on a second display:


Open a movie in QuickTime Player.


Choose View > Present Movie.

The two displays are shown side by side; one contains the menu bar. The letter “Q”
appears on the display on which the movie will play. To play the movie on the other
display, click it.


Choose an option from the pop-up menu.

To play the movie without displaying the QuickTime Player controls, choose Full Screen.


Select Movie or Slideshow mode.

In slideshow mode, you can advance frames by clicking the mouse or pressing the
Right Arrow or Left Arrow key.


Click Play.

You can open other applications while the movie is playing. To make another
application active, press Command-Tab (in Windows, Alt-Tab). You can now use the
mouse and keyboard in other applications while the movie continues to play.

To stop the movie before it ends, press Command-Tab (in Windows, Alt-Tab) to make
QuickTime Player active, and then click the mouse.

All QuickTime movie playback keyboard shortcuts are available in full-screen mode.