Whenever I start lightroom with my dual monitor setup on my mac, I am unable to do anything as the only screen that pops up is the loop view and I cannot even move this window or resize it. No other window pops up on any other desktop, and I cannot access any other functionality. Even when I click preferences, nothing pops up and it seems to be hidden behind this main screen.
I have been trying to reach out for help but cannot find any way of contacting anyone to help me with this. I am running a brand new mac with a new monitor and have never had this issue before.
The moment I unplug my secondary monitor, the program switches back to normal functionality, and this is again reversed when I plug it back in.
I have spent hours trying to resolve this and cannot find anything. I just want to be able to use lightroom in a normal single-window mode while having a two-monitor setup. How do I turn off this auto function that initiates whenever there are two monitors hooked up?
Sounds like the secondary display window is actually shown over the main display rather than on the secondary display. You should be able to drag it to the second monitor where it belongs. Otherwise, disable it first via the Windows menu.
…the only screen that pops up is the loop view and I cannot even move this window or resize it.
I think Johan may be right, it is not that "the only screen that pops up is Loupe," it's that the secondary display window (open in Loupe view) is open on top of the primary display window.
The way you confirm this is looking at the top right corner. If it says "Library | Develop…" it is the primary display, but if it says "Normal | Live | Locked…" that is the secondary display window in Loupe view.
The secondary display window can be hidden three ways: With its icon on the filmstrip, by choosing the Window > Secondary Display > Hide menu command, or by pressing the keyboard shortcut shown next to the command.