Using dual monitors. Can't move Adobe CS6 frame to right monitor.

Community Beginner ,
May 12, 2012

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Is there a way, when using dual monitors, to move the whole CS6 frame to either monitor? Right now it's just cemented to my left monitor, and I want it on the right.

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Well, after some frustration and poking around I finally figured it out fellas.In the Illustrator Menu Bar, click "Window" and then "Application Frame". It seems that option unchecked will leave the application "fixed" to your primary monitor. Checking it will place the application in a "free-form" window that you're free to move around.Thank goodness!

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May 12, 2012

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strange, Are the application frame for other Adobe and Non-Adobe Product are moving onto the second monitor?

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I've had the same issue with older Adobe products too. I'm just setting up CS6 now and want to get this resolved if it's possible. I can move the work window and palettes around - and to the other monitor - but the base frame always stays on the left monitor. It's just clumbsy if I'm working with an Illustrator project window on the right but have to got to use some controls on the frame on the left monitor. And I don't like having to move my palettes and tool bar ot the right monitor everytime I launch.

I can't think of another program where the frame is independent of the work windows.

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What is your OS, And also are you using any software to manage your Dual monitor?

Try changing your primary monitor and then try and move.

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May 18, 2012

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I installed the CS6 Master Collection last night and just now getting around to using it today. My system consists of a MacBook Pro with OS X Lion 10.7.4 and an Apple Cinema Display. I have the laptop set as the primary display on the left. I am having the same issue at the moment (with Illustrator). I can also say that while I was using the CS5.5 Master Collection previously I had this issue also with Dreamweaver. I didn't bother to dig into a solution as I knew I would be switching to CS6.

I have started Dreamweaver and Photoshop and not having the issue. I am able to move each of those freely to the Cinema Display on the right. If find it strange that I had the issue with Dreamweaver CS5.5, but now not with CS6.

In regards to Manish_1988's question, I am not using any software to manage multiple monitors. I would prefer to maintain the current setup if possible, and will make a concession as a last resort.

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Well, after some frustration and poking around I finally figured it out fellas.

In the Illustrator Menu Bar, click "Window" and then "Application Frame". It seems that option unchecked will leave the application "fixed" to your primary monitor. Checking it will place the application in a "free-form" window that you're free to move around.

Thank goodness!

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PERFECT. Thanks much!

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thank's

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Thanks, easy but very useful.

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The application frame being on defeats the purpose of using a Mac for Adobe software.

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New Here ,
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THANK YOU.  This was driving me crazy.

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YOU MADE MY DAY!!!!

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OMG you saved my nerves and years of my live! Thank you very much!!

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thanks so much!

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 12, 2015

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I have checked "Application Frame" but I still can't get the Illustrator menu to move to the proper monitor. It's very aggravating.

All the parts of Illustrator are where I want them, except the menus which stubbornly cling to the laptop monitor.

Help?

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 17, 2015

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You can move just the menu bar in system preferences - in system preferences / displays / arrangement - click on the little menu bar in the displays graphic (in the preferences window) and drag it to the monitor where you want it to appear.

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Ding ding ding! That did the trick, thank you sir.

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Thank you! I use my laptop monitor as my secondary and it was driving me crazy that everything was automatically going there.

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Jul 14, 2018

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Thanks, this option ( system preferences / display ) worked for me.

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OMG THANK YOU!!!
This was driving me buggy. My iMac blew out the logic board and I had to go get my first laptop. It's only 13" and way too small to see for graphics. I was about to snatch myself bald out of frustration! Lifesaver!

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New Here ,
Oct 13, 2015

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I'm having this exact issue. I can't get the menu bar to move to the other screen but everything else moves over. and I know I can go to system preferences and change the arrangement of the screens by dragging the menu bar to the correct location but that locks my mouse to only that screen and will not let me use dual monitors, yet another issue. I can only use both screens if the arrangement in that tab is a certain way. I am so frustrated. please let me know if you resolved this. Many thanks!

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 07, 2015

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Finally! Thank you! I had this problem before and found lots of other overly-complicated solutions on forums that did not work for me. You're da bomb. Thanks again.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 04, 2015

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Ok....  I'm on windows...  I don't have an application frame option....  any ideas???

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 04, 2015

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ok - best i can do in windows is to set the second screen as the main screen (go to desktop / right click screen resolution / select secondary screen /tick make this my main display).

If anyone has any ideas about how to do this through the illustrator interface then please feel free to share!!!

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 27, 2018

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me too.

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